Having come into that world without a background in film\u2026 I mean, I had done work as an audio technician in various ways, recording music, mixing music, doing CD mastering, working in Chicago public radio, making radio programs, and doing live broadcasts and blah blah blah. I had some sense of how to work in audio but not any training in how to do soundtrack for a movie. I had blissfully approached that without a sense of what conventions I was either making use of or not making use of.
There\u2019s a lot that\u2019s impossible to know about this short LP because the information simply isn\u2019t present. First of which, where these recordings were made and who made them. You can work out that at least some of these recordings of birds come from France, simply because a parrot can be heard repeating a person saying \u201Cbonjour, coco\u201D on one of the tracks. If these recordings were made for research or pleasure, the packaging doesn\u2019t say. The date of release isn\u2019t even possible to figure out, with the year of 1955 listed on Discogs being nothing more than an estimate based on adjacent releases in the La Voix De Son Ma\u00EEtre catalog. I don\u2019t even know where the LP came from\u2014some guy on a torrent site found it by chance and ripped it, knowing nothing of its provenance himself. I held on to these files for years not only because they\u2019re pretty, but because I think these moments in time are worth preserving. I became protective of this record because someone decided to preserve its contents on a whim, and because everyone else that downloaded it almost surely forgot about it. I can\u2019t tell you a thing about why it should matter, and that\u2019s why it matters so much to me. \u2014Shy Thompson 2b1af7f3a8