2LP+CD + Digital | Edition of 500 | July 2014

Composed and recorded by Thomas Tilly (2013-2014)
Vinyls / Mastered by : James Plotkin
Cd / Mastered by : Thomas Tilly
Lacquer cut by : Rashad Becker, Dubplates and mastering.

Produced by : Aposiopèse, Le Confort Moderne, Jazz à Poitiers, le Lieu Mutliple and Thomas Tilly. Artwork by MB.


© Thomas Tilly. 2013-2014. All rights reserved.




Script geometry

— Approaching the forest as if were a city, a construct, an ensemble of strata and vertical heights where signals answer, contrast and ignore each other.Variations occur, fullness and emptiness are created according to the weather and the peak and off-preak hours. This density that language can't define presents a challenge for the ear, and from this density surfaces, frm time to time, certain analogies to a modern sound environment. Cultural leads fraw our experience of these natural acoustic phenomenin towards the domain of technology : "it sounds like... it's like..."

The timbres ? The sound structures ? There exists something in a tropical forest that sounds like and plays within the realms of electronics, music and electronics noise ; something characteristic of an era long before the birth of biotopes that form this forest and create this sound. Script geometry comes from this idea and the desire to work with density, in an attempt to extract forms that characterize these analogies. Taking these sounds out of their context and rearranging them as we would patch cables on a synthesizer ; weaving these strata and vertica heights into a different pattern by using the signals from the forest as if they were synthetic sounds : dissecting this spectrum and looking for something that can only be revealed through listening, this is the essence of the project —

Thomas Tilly  •  Winter 2012

Version — Fr + (Photo Nouragues) : aposiopese.com/pages/thomas_tilly_script_geometry

© Thomas Tilly. (2013) All rights reserved.


Artist : Thomas Tilly
Title : Script geometry
Format : 2 Lp + Cd  / Wav
Lenght : 02.27.57


A1 | At night, mass
(Composed from A-B stereo recordings of the same zone made during several nights. Raw recordings from 0,00 to 3,40, mixed from 3,40 to the end).
A2 | Hyla nana
(Stereo phonography. No mixing, no editing, low cut filter. Recorded in Cayenne - species not found in the Nouragues zone).

B1 | In the ground
(Phonography - no mixing, no editiong).
B2 | Crossroads, phasing
(Composition, classic and ultrasonic recordings. Mixing & editing).
B3 | Castaneotica
(Mono phonography. No mixing, edited at 1,39).

C1 | °°°°°° 
(Ultrasonic phonography. No mixing, no editing).
C2 | Crossroads, Nodes
(Composition, classic and ultrasonic recordings. Mixing & editing).
C3 | Epipedobates hahneli
(Mono phonography. No mixing, no editing).

D1 | La grotte, parfum
(Phonography. Two simultaneous tracks recorded with a microphone and an heterodyne sensor (ultrasounds) in the same localization. No editing).
D2 | Turtle breath
(Stereo phonography. No mixing, no editing).
D3 | Unidentified insects colony
(Ultrasonic phonography. No mixing, no editing).

E_ | Reference recording (Cd)
(AB stereo recording, at night. No editing, no mixing. The refercne recording is a document added to the work found on the vinyls, it' a sound reference point giving an exemple of Nouragues zone, and the sound activity present there over a relatively long perido of time)

Nouragues station

Scientific research station of the CNRS / Tropical rain forest of the Natural reserve, French Guiana.

The Nouragues Station is a scientific research station of the CNRS set up at the heart of the tropical rain forest of the Nouragues Natural reserve, French Guiana.

It is a privileged place for the study of the functioning of of tropical forests and its biodiversity. The Station is part of a network of Environment Observatories in the tropical forest. Scientific equipments for the long-term monitoring of the forest have been set up, and they are operated by the technicians of the Station. The Station welcomes scientists from France as well as from foreign countries.

The development of a research station faces two antagonistic challenges. On the one hand, more intensive research should improve our knowledge of the ecosystem, and insure a critical mass of research at one site, one the other hand, access should be limited to avoid disturbances in a site that has been very little disturbed by human activities in the recent past.

The Nouragues station is organized around two permanent camp, 8 km away from each other:

• The Inselberg site, is optimal to study the variety of vegetation types in a tropical forest, and it is a focal point for the study of mammals in an area where hunting pressure is close to zero.
• The Pararé/COPAS site, is adapted to the study of riverine forests and fish populations. With the new canopy access equipement COPAS (Canopy Operating Permanent Access System), the Pararé site will soon have in hands a unique tool for measuring, monitoring and studying the canopy of tropical forests.

Each site is fully geared to welcome scientists from a few days to several months. Traditional sleeping houses (carbets) are available, as well as electricity, potable water, and refrigerators. Connection with the exterior is possible through satellite phone and wireless internet. More details on this equipment can be found in Scientific Research > Facilities.

The Nouragues Station is part of the Resource Center managed by the CNRS-Guyane (UPS 2561).
It is fully integrated with the equipments of the Silvolab group in French Guiana. The Nouragues Station is opened all year long.




In March 2013, I traveled to the Nourages scientific research station in French Guiana.
Situated in the heart of a tropical rainforest, this station welcomes international scientific research progams dealing with tropical forests and their biodiversity.

For the 30 days and nights of my stay, i listened to and captured the sound environment with an emphasis on animal communications : those wich are perceptible to the huan ear, but also the inaudible spectrum. The result is a collection of compositions and phonography characteristic of the zone.

No electronic treatement has been added to these recordings other than a low cut filter and a light EQ mix.

Script Geometry was conducted as an artist-in-residency programme at the Confort Moderne, Jazz à Potiers, the Lieu Multiple and the Nouragues Station in Franch Guiana between february and June 2013. A series of concerts, conférences, broadcasts and a creative workshop took place in accompaniment to the project.