Endlings

by Evelien van den Broek

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1.
I Rainforest 07:30
… AND THEN THE TREES WERE GONE. Rewind. imagine looking down on a huge swath of lush forest but before you can pull out your phone and take a picture, it’s gone. 260,000,000,000 m2 CLEARED EVERY YEAR 8,244 m2 CLEARED EVERY SECOND
2.
II Bees 10:02
pots of pollen and paintbrushes in the fruit orchards of southwest china pots of pollen and paintbrushes farmers and their children are armed with pots of pollen and paintbrushes they climb climb into climb into the branches to individually pollinate each blossom - 230 short and choppy wing-beats per second like tiny helicopters the wings flop over and reverse direction tiny helicopters tumbling down
3.
HIS SENSE OF SMELL WAS WHAT HE DEPENDED ON MOST OF ALL HIS OLFACTORY PASSAGES WERE LARGER THAN HIS ENTIRE BRAIN GOLD HIS NOSE GOLD THE HORN ON HIS NOSE GOLD THE HORN ON HIS NOSE IN WEIGHT IS WORTH MORE THAN GOLD On the 19th of march 2018 the last male northern white rhinoceros died this is him:
4.
HER TONGUE WEIGHS 2.7 TONNES HER HEART 180 KILOGRAMS SHE SINGS FAR DEEPER THAN HUMAN HEARING BUT AS LOUD AS A ROCKET LAUNCH SHE IS THE LARGEST ANIMAL TO HAVE EVER EXISTED THE BLUE WHALE. 99% DURING THE 20TH CENTURY 99% WERE WIPED OUT
5.
it’s 1987 a kauai ‘o’o bird sings his song CHIRP TWEEDLE PEEP WARBLE it’s 1987 a kauai ‘o’o bird sings his song longing for a female to reply he waits… SILENCE.

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Earth's sixth mass extinction is well under way. For years conservationists have been warning of an event akin to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs - only this time, we are to blame. ‘Endlings’ is Amsterdam-based composer, performer and producer Evelien van den Broek’s sonic response to this man made “biological annihilation”. Using field recordings of extinct or endangered animals gathered from sound libraries, scientists, and the pioneering soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, ‘Endlings’ immerses us in obsolete sound worlds, reconnecting us with our natural environment through sound. Raw, mesmerizing and sorrowful music celebrates the wonder, beauty and diversity of nature, and mourns the brutal destruction of it. With music that navigates between electronica and pop, sound art and contemporary classical music.

For each album purchase in 2020 Evelien has donated €1 to the WWF.

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released June 5, 2020

All tracks are composed, arranged, and produced by Evelien van den Broek

Text*/lyrics by Evelien van den Broek

Musicians:
Mark Nieuwenhuis: trumpet
Evelien van den Broek: voice over, synths, sound design, programming

Trumpet recorded by Mark Nieuwenhuis, synths and electronics recorded by Evelien van den Broek

Mixed and produced by Gijs van Klooster at Redhouse
Mastered by Jarno Volman at Gold Soundz Mastering

Cover design by Richard van Kruysdijk
Photo in cover design: Chris van Wyk

Field recordings on track ‘I Rainforest’ by Bernie Krause, PhD. © 2021 Wild Sanctuary. All Rights Reserved. www.wildsanctuary.com
*Text fragment on track ‘I Rainforest’ by Stephen Leahy from National Geographic
Field recordings on track ‘III The Last Northern White Rhinoceros’ provided by Dr. Ivana Cinková of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Palacký University Olomouc
Field recordings on track ‘IV The Blue Whale’ from Freesound: freesound.org/people/jhumbucker/sounds/193822, Blue Whale B call @ 5x by MBARI_MARS ©2020 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Deep Sea Ambience by jhumbucker, and Blue whale calls in the Antarctic by the Australian Antarctic Division
Field recordings on track ‘V The Last Kauai’ ‘o ‘o bird’ C. by Fred Zeillemaker/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab (ML6049, www.macaulaylibrary.org.

Thanks to: Dr. Ivana Cinková, Dr. Bernie Krause, Chris van Wyk, Gijs van Klooster, Richard 'Darwin' Ayres, Christina Viola Oorebeek and Edith Eymann

Supporter: Performing Arts Fund NL

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Evelien van den Broek Amsterdam, Netherlands

Evelien is a composer, performer and producer. She makes electronic music. As KUrKKU she uses her voice with live electronics, Wii game controllers, a foot pedal and five speakers. False Memories is her first solo album. On June 5th 2020 she released Endlings, an album about extinction with field recordings of extinct and endangered animals. ... more

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