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Madagascar: Fragile Land
Douglas Quinn
Madagascar: Fragile Land
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Doug Quin is one of the more intrepid natural recordists as this wonderful album will attest. To record in Madagascar is not an easy task. It is made difficult by uncertain weather, animals that are very shy and require ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Douglas Quinn
Title: Madagascar: Fragile Land
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Miramar
Original Release Date: 9/1/1998
Re-Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: Africa, Environmental, Meditation, Nature
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090062313125

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Doug Quin is one of the more intrepid natural recordists as this wonderful album will attest. To record in Madagascar is not an easy task. It is made difficult by uncertain weather, animals that are very shy and require days of tracking through difficult terrain to record (if they're vocal at all), and patience...lots of patience. Of his journey, Quin writes: 'One of the last remaining pockets of mountain rainforest in eastern Madagascar, Ranomafana is noted for its unique diversity and high degree of endemic species. Among those voices heard on the recording are the avahi, brown lemur, lesser mouse lemur, white-throated oxylabe, green zorus, Madagascar cuckoo shrike, Tylas vanga, drongo, Madagascar lesser cuckoo, Madagascar paradise flycatcher, pitta-like ground roller, spectacled bulbul, Madagascar scops-owl, cuckoo roller, lesser vasa parrot. Berenty lies in the southernmost part of Madagascar. The surrounding spiney desert, mixed scrub and deciduous forest of the region is unique in the world. This riparian habitat and nearby forest supports a remarkable community of wildlife. Heard here are the ring-tailed lemur, grey gentle lemur, Verreaux's sifaka, weasel lemur, fruit bat, Madagascar lesser cuckoo, green sunbird, hook-billed vanga, sickle-billed vanga, white-headed vanga, Madagascar magpie robin, pied crow, Madagascar coucal, broad-billed roller, and blue coua.'

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University of Diversity
Robert Carlberg | Seattle | 04/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Madagascar is a reservoir of biodiversity, having split off from the African continent some 160 million years ago. 80% of its plants and animals are unique to Madagascar. It was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans (7th C. CE).

All this results in the two long (30-min.) jungle recordings captured here, which are as wild and primeval as any place on earth -- or any place in time. Unlike most of Quin's other recordings this one apparently is natural sounds only, with no added music or extensive editing. If it *is* edited, it was done in such a way as to not be obvious. The continuous lush jungle soundscapes immerse the listener in another time and place as far away from civilisation as you can possibly imagine."