La Selva means the forest, or the jungle, in Spanish. Recorded almost twenty years ago, Sub Rosa has re-issued Francisco López’s exotic recording on to limited vinyl and had them signed by the man himself. La Selva sources its bird chirps, insect white noise, dog barks, animal howls (buried beneath or above the mix) and most importantly rain from the vast jungles of Costa Rica – a country I’ve harped on in pieces in the past. It’s a great place, and I recommend you check it out if you get the chance. It’s a place where the rain pretty much never stops and you can see seas of green endlessly once you’re outside of the awful San Jose. Francisco López takes you inside Costa Rica’s treasures and gives you a preview. He interferes subtly, but he amplifies the mood of being in the thick of the humid Costa Rican forests. I never realized how loud it is. I hiked through many jungles and all the noise you get to hear on here was just happening all the time – you couldn’t really escape it. We don’t really have any forest in my neck of the woods (no pun intended) so this is nice to come across. Listen to La Selva below via the Spotify stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Full-length original audio masterpiece (71 minutes) on 24-bit / 48kHz digital USB flat memory-card with non-audio blank etched vinyl. Limited 500 pieces edition, numbered and signed by Francisco Lopez.

La Selva is an immersion into the sound environments of a tropical rain forest in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. An astonishing natural sonic web created by a multitude of sounds from rain, waterfalls, insects, frogs, birds, mammals and even plants, through a day cycle during the rainy season. A powerful acousmatic broad-band sound environment of thrilling complexity. And above all, a tour de force of profound listening.

Original recordings done at La Selva Biological Station during the rainy seasons of 1995 and 1996. La Selva was premiered in an acousmatic performance at Teatro Fanal of the Fanal Contemporary Art Center in San José, Costa Rica, on August 1997.

Price $20.09

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