El Tren Fantasma - Chris Watson
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  • Summary: Recorded during five weeks of travel by train throughout Mexico, El Tren Fantasma is a sonic portrait of the "ghost train" captured by sound recordist and co-founder of Cabaret Voltaire, Chris Watson.
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  1. Jan 4, 2012
    90
    Brilliantly textured, brilliantly sensitive, unrepeatable by its very nature-this is a great example of a sound recordist's art.
  2. Jan 4, 2012
    80
    Utterly mesmerizing, psychedelic document of the random music made by machines and nature. [Jan. 2012 p. 127]
  3. Jan 4, 2012
    80
    Watson's ability to create whole worlds, entire lifetimes in the listener's imagination, beyond the moment of recording, comes to the fore.
  4. Watson packaged up the month that he spent riding the train, using his original recordings, adding his own narration, throwing in some interviews, and creating something magical.
  5. Jan 13, 2012
    70
    Watson captures (or enhances) sounds in three dimensions, and the way he arranges them invites both immersion and reflection.
  6. Jan 23, 2012
    70
    A powerful and evocative sound journey. [Jan. 2012, p.64]

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