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Music for Siam

Midori Hirano Hua Lamphong 05:32
Douglas Dare Song of Siam 03:52
Hatis Noit Wat Arun 04:57
Nick Luscombe & James Greer Bangkok Memory Phase 04:13
Daniel Brandt Tha Tian 09:39
Rival Consoles The Giant Swing 08:17
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A new release in our Music for… series is here, following Music for Brainwaves and Music for kō.

In December 2019, Erased Tapes artists Midori Hirano, Douglas Dare, Hatis Noit, Daniel Brandt and Rival Consoles travelled to Thailand, commissioned to re-interpret the sounds of Bangkok's most iconic spaces as new original compositions, to then be performed live on stage at Wonderfruit Festival. The project was initiated in collaboration with MSCTY's Nick Luscombe and James Greer, and the resulting pieces highlight how much sonic richness this sweltering, urban organ has to explore. For the past four years, these pieces were exclusively accessible to only those who visited these sites with a pair of headphones and the official project app, until now.

“It’s very exciting to finally be able to share these pieces with the world. Quite some time has passed since we embarked on this label excursion to generate site-specific works, and the world has changed in many ways. Which only makes one appreciate these recordings even more, as they allow us to take our listeners on a truly unique sonic journey to a place that we’ll never forget.” — Robert Raths, Erased Tapes

“Featuring field recordings made at the 5 locations we explored with our friends at Erased Tapes, Bangkok Memory Phase takes a sideways cross-sectional glance at the city through its organic sound. In Bangkok, the slowly weaving and meandering Chao Phraya River is never far away, but then, neither are the vital voices that thrive around it: chanting at Wat Arun, the market generator hum of Tha Tian, the traffic, the bridges, monuments, parks, and bustle of the ornate station offering slow trains north, and haircuts at the side of the tracks.” — James Greer, MSCTY