Many Callers

This track was included in the Sonic Terrain compilation for World Listening Day 2014.

Many Callers is a field recording from a small forested area in the city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. To the eye, it is a place of secluded stillness: all winding paths and gently undulating hills.

But … acoustical social networks are reaching across the landscape. The remarkable local cicadas stretch their voices to the upper limits of human hearing, creating pulsating waves of interference patterns. Later they are joined by the calls to prayer from several distant Mosques – many voices reaching out in the shared soundscape. I felt very lucky to be there.