Song 23, June 6 - 13, 2011


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"Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" - song #23 - MP3 file


Length: 8:47

Track count: 16 tracks

Field recordings of airplane and flight attendant pre-takeoff, night surf, morning birds, cave-water-drips, reef surf, gecko bark, frog, kalimba, shakers, percussion, thrift-store ukelele, tambourine, bamboo horn - compiled in Ableton Live.

This song is made up of material I recorded with my Olympus LS-10 field recorder on the island of Kaua'i between May 17-25th, plus a studio-recorded sample of a bamboo horn I brought back with me. Its sort of a virtual vacation, from boarding the plane, night surf from the lanai the first night, day birds and surf, sonic explorations of the Dry Cave on the north coast, then night-time crickets, frogs and gecko bark, ending with the final announcement from the flight attendant. All in less than 9 minutes!

You'll hear birds, frogs, ocean, wind, rain, airplane (interior) sounds, cave drips, recordings of musical instruments I found at a gift shoppe - and samples of the ukelele and tambourine I got for $7 at a thrift store on the island.

Travel tip: I totally recommend packing light when you go to Hawaii, and hitting the thrift stores to get what you need when you hit the island. You can even take some stuff back to the thrift to donate and lighten your load before you go back home.

I named this song after the state fish of Hawai'i, the festively named Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. It is a lovely fish indeed. I didn't see him, but I did see turtles, dolphins, and a ton of other fish that I made up my own names for. (I salute you, Stripey Nibblers and Soulful Silver Squirrel Fish!)



Me playing the bamboo horn

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