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by Pierrot Desperes

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Gravel Bar 03:20
Rock Holler 04:16
Minke 03:48


An album of ambient sounds recorded in the field and reimagined to create a world supplémentaire.

Undeterred by encounters with cottonmouth snakes, slingshot wielding youth and rabid pawpaw pickers, the intrepid Pierrot Desperes, armed with a field recorder and contact microphones, captured the sounds featured on these tracks from the air or from resonant objects in the Meramec Greenway, west of Missouri Route 141, from August 29, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Some sounds were left alone while others had to have their grist milled with granular synthesis.

The source field recordings can be accessed on the Radio Aporee sound map Meramec Greenway user project: aporee.org/maps/projects/meramec_greenway

The Meramec Greenway is a patchwork collection of upcycled Superfund sites, repurposed railroad right-of-ways, haunted abandoned roads and decommissioned gravel dredging operations curated to preserve open space around the Meramec River. It contains a network of trails that pass the crumbling concrete ruins of early 20th century resorts, clubs and speakeasies connecting parks, boat launches, athletic fields and light industry.


released March 14, 2021

Recorded, composed and mastered by Pierrot Desperes.


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Pierrot Desperes St. Louis, Missouri

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L'exploration d'un territoire. La découverte des sons, des artefacts et de l'histoire. La fabrication d'une carte sonore.

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