Those sounds which are famous, yet little known outside of Japan, have been recorded,
including the cracklings and moanings of the sea Ice of Hokkaido,
as well as the eerie singing of sand along the coast of Kyoto. Both are
on the cultural registry of the "100 most famous sounds" of the nation.
Armed with Basho's famous travel journal The Narrow Road to the
Deep North, a backcountry hiking guide to the country, and an atlas of
the 27 national parks, Andrew Roth, Naoki Nakamichi, and Yasu Yamada were able to,
without causing too much personal injury to themselves, explore the
four islands, from Kyushu to Hokkaido, with a side trip to the sub-tropical
Amami-Oshima, over the course of several months. While every bird, animal,
and geologic sound was meticulously gathered.
The goal, as before, was to eventually have
a series of distinct tracks which in some way tell a story--always interesting,
and never repetitive. Hopefully they will take you on a journey that, while
educational and entertaining, will leave even the most cynical listener
wanting more. "Natural Sounds of Japan" is as unique and original an environmental
soundscape recording as has ever been released. Prepare for a sonic journey to another
fascinating part of our world.