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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sonoton - A Musical Wildlife Vol. 1 & 2

Ok. Damn! Those are 2 words I must say about this amazing series on the Sonoton Library label. I gotta admit, I think this series is very underrated. Not only is it about talent, but most of all it is about equipment and mic'ing! Why is this series underrated?  Is it because it is on the somewhat "common" Sonoton label? Or is it the cover that looks like it has "notta" to offer? I dunno...but I've had it for years and I can personally say it is one of my favorite library recordings other than the "Under Water" Volumes 1 & 2.  In fact, both have a very similar sound. To start off, the way they mic'd all of their instruments completely shows you that these guys were not only confident on their arrangements. but they also knew how to record. I dunno about you. but that is an extreme + in my book! Remember the first time you heard Stefano Torossi's "Feelings" LP? To me. the way it was recorded and the confidence Jay Richford and Gary Stevens had, is what made that album a complete masterpiece! There are many musicians that have brilliant minds and are complete geniuses when it comes to writing arrangements (i.e. Morricone, Umiliani, Bixio, Ferrio. Axelrod, Janin, etc.) But, not also were they completely on top of their game as composers/arrangers, but they also were some of the best producers in the game! That is huge! It's not only about how much talent as a musician you are....but what gear you are using!!! And, how you are recording/what mic's you use, are cruial (ask Zeppelin/Beatles etc)  I guess the point I am trying to make, is that not only were a lot of the musicians we respect extreme multi-instrumentalist's. But they also had a keen sense of what gear they used and how the effects would play on us as listeners. And IMO, that is extremely important!!!

Vol. 1 - Activity


Vol. 2 - Dramatic



  1. Volume 3 is "Activity." Volume 1 is "Pastoral."

  2. thanks!!! I've wanted to hear the Dramatic title for years

  3. Wow,I missed this "Dramatic" Vol.2 !
    Any chance to see Vol.3 SON 109 in this place ?
    Thanks so much Marsellus to share these wonderful Sonoton.

  4. totally with you on this one, the arrangements are so tight and up there with the very best of the italian composers

  5. Wow. Wow. WOW. Been wanting to hear this for some time as well...superb, Marsellus.

  6. Hi Marsellus Wallace!

    Nice that you are back - I missed your "taste of music"!


  7. Thank you, Marsellus!

    Nice to have you back!

  8. amen to that! i wish there were more research or information to be found on who the recording engineers were for these sessions. i would give my right arm for the chance to find out more about who these cats were, and how they captured their sounds. from mic placement, sound processing, outboard gear, signal chain, eq settings, everything! the sonic quality of much of the late 60s/early 70s recordings from the italians and the japanese were unparalleled in my opinion. but at the end of the day, the ultimate props goes to the germans for being the true OG's in their contribution to the art of sound recording. from vintage vacuum tube condenser microphones to top secret nazi high energy directed radio beam weapons technologies, they took that shit to a whole new level!

  9. Just love these arrangements, thanks so much!

  10. Great to see you back Marsellus and what a magnificent double whammy of a library post to open with. I totally agree, some of the most tripped out, original and cosmic library rips I have bear the Sonoton imprint and if I had decks, this would be one of the labels I would be concentrating on (though given the fact the Sonoton label is still around, why they don't start releasing their back catalogue as digital downloads is a mystery).

    Really looking forward to a psychoactive headphones session with this one ;)

  11. Incredibly beautiful music ! New to your blog. Thanx soo much for this !!! I'll be coming back for sure :-)
    You're my hero today ! Life is beautiful.
    Mischa from Amsterdam