Bangkok Rain is a field recording made during a mid day rainstorm in Bangkok. The recording captures simple rain and intense downpour. When it's simple and musical you can still hear a few birds, when it's intense and overwhelming the birds go quiet.
There may be a crack before it hits and there may not be. It might happen without warning in the middle of a hot sunny day. The sun disappears. The sky goes gray. Thai vendors start to look like pit crews at a car race, their movements are orchestrated and syncopated. Awnings are rolled in. Garage doors that cover store fronts at night are rolled down. Food carts are rolled away. Lazy people get up off the street. Ladies scat. Water pours. The city comes to a halt for a few moments or part of an hour. Streets go from bustling and lively to lonely and deserted. Most of the time you don't even notice because you're running for cover yourself. Something about getting out of the line of fire is instinctive, whether it's in a war, food fight or rainstorm, you just feel it. You run. You get out. You take cover.
The mystery sets in after the rain dies down. The panic that was everywhere is gone. The people who disappeared between buildings come back. Colors come back. Store fronts that fell from sight come back. Bangkok rain is tropical rain, monsoon rain, a fire hose in sky rain, the type of rain that makes you laugh as you run. From time to time there may be a drizzle or a day long raining, but mostly, cloudbursts in this part of southeast Asia come to wash away the smog and soot that hangs in the air. No time is wasted. The sky gets rinsed, the streets get cleaned and then it's business as usual. Bangkok Rain is a recording of simple rain and intense downpour. When it's simple and musical you can still hear a few birds, when it's intense and overwhelming the birds go quiet.
Golden Flower Media field recordings are professionally recorded, edited and mastered. Each compact disc is one contiguous track designed to retain the organic feel of the environment it was recorded in and maintain the nature of the sounds. Field recordings provide a unique atmosphere. They are a little different from meditation music, yoga music, relaxation music, background music or ambient music. The listening experience is similar in many ways, but they tend to feel a bit more like traveling. It's refreshing to travel somewhere new and it's just as refreshing to hear the sounds from somewhere new. Listening, like traveling, is an adventure. The more you pay attention to the nuances the more exciting it is. The more you get caught up in that foreign place the more you want to stay.