Musical Recordings from Borneo, 1 of 4: Syaer Sua

I was listening to some of my old sound files the other day, and found several which I recorded back in 2009 that I thought would be worth sharing. Unlike the subject matter of the typical recording I post here, these recordings are not of sounds from the natural world.  They are, however, recordings of musical performances by … More Musical Recordings from Borneo, 1 of 4: Syaer Sua

Musical Recordings from Borneo, 3 of 4: Bario Asal

Making recordings in Bario was possible due to the kind and generous efforts of Garawat Nulun, a Kelabit man who retired to his home village after a professional career abroad.  His concern for Kelabit culture is profound, and he endeavors to preserve what he can of the old traditions in the face of the unstoppable modernity encroaching on village … More Musical Recordings from Borneo, 3 of 4: Bario Asal

Musical Recordings from Borneo, 4 of 4: Uchau Bilong and Mathew Ngau Jau

Above is one of my favorite photographs. I took it in the living room of the man on the left, Uchau Bilong.  For a moment, when I first set foot into Uchau’s home, I thought I had set foot into Mexico.  The colors–the pinks, the violets, the sky blues–were like nothing I had seen before … More Musical Recordings from Borneo, 4 of 4: Uchau Bilong and Mathew Ngau Jau

The Frogs of March

Ecologists tell us that frogs act as good indicators of the well-being of an ecosystem, that a robust frog population is a sign that the ecosystem in which they dwell is healthy.  Likewise the opposite is true, that a collapsing frog population indicates that something in the environment is awry, and that the frogs are paying … More The Frogs of March