Touch Radio 104 | Rodolphe Alexis

1.09.14 - Rodolphe Alexis - Dusk, night, day, dawn - 28:03 - 320 kbps

In Spring 2009, I find myself by chance just a few hours by boat from Japan’s last frontier, the island of Iriomote, but I had no way to get there. Not enough time. Total frustration. The southern most island of Japan is 90% covered with rainforest and mangrove and home to many local species including not only insects, frogs and birds, but also Ryukyu flying foxes and the famous cat-leopard called Yamaneko, which was only discovered in 1965.

I make a promise to myself to return, even for short time, but with my recording equipment.

Finally this year it was possible. I went back this Summer with the help of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the Ryukyus and the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, I spent a week on the island recording with a four channel microphone setup. Sadly I didn’t have the chance to see the neko this time…

Unmastered field recording featuring amongst others: Elegant scops owl, Ryukyu flying fox, Yaeyama harpist frog, Ryukyu ruddy kingfisher, cicadas, Ryukyu green pigeon, Ryukyu crow, white breasted waterhen…

Photo credits:

1. Iriomote hills, Rodolphe Alexis
2. Urauchi River, Shin Watanabe
3. IRT array, Rodolphe Alexis
4. looks like primary forest, Rodolphe Alexis
5. Urauchi River, Shin Watanabe
6. Urauchi River, Shin Watanabe

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