℗ ℗ 2016 Belle Chen

Mediterranean Sounds

Belle Chen

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Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
III. Une Barque sur l'Océan
Maurice Ravel; Belle Chen
A Small Cafe in Nice
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
Nocturne No. 7 in Eb Major, FP. 56
Francis Poulenc; Belle Chen
Malaga 'Gulls
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
X. Malaga
Isaac Albeniz; Belle Chen
Barcelona Rhythms
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
Cancion y Danza No. 6
Federico Mompou; Belle Chen
A Hidden Catalan Garden
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
Jeunes Filles Au Jardin
Federico Mompou; Belle Chen
Midnight in Cervo
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
Sonata in D Minor, L. 108
Domenico Scarlatti; Belle Chen
An Italian Wedding
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année, S. 161  
I. Sposalizio
Franz Liszt; Belle Chen
Spice Market in Istanbul
Belle Chen; Chia-Pei Chen; Belle Chen
Black Earth
Fazil Say; Belle Chen
Total Playing Time    47:01
Charming French seasides, passionate flamenco, Italian fishing villages, Istanbul markets full of all sorts of wonderful spices - all these sensational images populate Belle Chen's Mediterranean Sounds.

This is Belle's second solo album, where she takes inspiration from the structural construct of concept albums by artists such as Marvin Gaye and Frank Zappa, and combines the language of classical music with reconstructed field recordings to recreate locations from around the Med.

The project has been 2 years in working. During this time, Belle captured hours of on-location field recordings and sourced additional samples in attempt to construct sonic images specific to her experiences and observations. The hours of listening back to captured material allowed her to pick out specific ambience and musicality of interesting sounds that might have otherwise been overlooked or subconsciously filtered by our ears in a phenomenon commonly known as the “cocktail party effect."

While listening back to field recordings and determining the general ambience and sonic image, Belle also researched libraries of classical music composers that were specific to the location and/or wrote works inspired by the location. Then from the filtered list, there were hours of experimenting to find the repertoire of best fit to illustrate Belle’s experiences. The composers featured in this album include Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Isaac Albeniz, Federico Mompou, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Liszt, and Fazil Say.

In the end, Belle’s vision is to explore how sounds from the ‘real world’ can be integrated into the realm of classical music to create a different listening experience- much alike how sampled sounds are very frequently used by DJs and producers in mainstream and world music. All her works are inspired by her love to travel and exploration, and motivated by the stories and shared experiences of the people she meets through travel. We hope you will enjoy this album!
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Eito Music Studio Masters

Tracks 1, 3, 11 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM
Tracks 5, 12, 13, 15 – 48 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit
Tracks 7, 9 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit
Track 15 – contains material which has been processed by a perceptual audio coding algorithm

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