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NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
13 Apr 1995

    Geography
  • Madagascar
    Antsiranana
    Locality
  • Nosy Komba
    Latitude/Longitude
  • -13.47139   48.34889
    Features
  • Island
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
    Microphones
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • Stereo=1; Decoded MS stereo

Madagascar
DAT # 5-Nosy Kombe, etc.

track 1 550 starting the old motorboat to take us out to the big boat. this can
work as a transition.

track 3? 720 engine winds down, we get to the boat, engine stops at 740. we get on boat, exchange hellos. boat goes away~

track 4 loading boat...boat starts moving, engine accelerates gently...then quiets...steady for good long time... 1138 gets noisy accelrating again...then good long stretch of travel again...

track 5 qUieter engine, sails being winched up, gonna try to get a little wind. ain't gonna work real well. more sails being rigged a little bit later ...not
great...

track 6 (jean robert) 2128now the lemurs are ready because when they hear the noise of the boat they come to the pl,ace where the tourists come to give them
bananas ... and teh meaning of the word nosy kombe ... nosy means island, and kombe means lemur in the malagasy word. but if you try to loook on nosy be's map, it's not saying nosy kombe, its saying nosy antanavu (?) it means fancy
and stone... fancy stone... and it look like form of park?

AND WHEN STARTT CALL NOSE KOMBE. during colonial times. HAVE THERE ALWAYS BEEN LEMURS ON THIS
ISLAND.

yes, a lot of lemurs . its macaco lemur.

YOU MEAN THE LEMURS ARE EXPECTING US?

yes, that's right. boat idles, starts up again

HOW OFTEN DO BOATS COME HERE?

every day. depndes on season. in low seaons, two or three boats coming here every time. but in high season, many man boats coming here to transport tourists for finding the leumr.

WE DON'T SEE ANY NOW?

because it's low season.

IN HIGH SEASON, HOW MANY COME?

100. more rigging noise... sail coming down big time. this is good. at 23;56 deckhand yells... nice stuff... something completely incomprehensible about this kindof'boat and the rain season.

THIS IS CALLED NOSY KMOBE, THE ISLAND OF THE LEMURS, BUT WILL WE SEE ANY LEMURS HERE?

oh yeah.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WE'LL SEE THEM?

Every time when we come here when they know, they hear the noise from the boat, they know there are some bananas coming from the tourists, so they come down to the place where they come first.

SO THIS IS NOSY KOMBE, THE ISLAND OF THE LEMURS, BUT DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE ANY LEMURS HERE?

YES, we'll see alot...the black lemur, males arte black, females are brown.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WE'LL SEE?

Every times when you come here when they know they they hear the nosise from the boat, they know there are some bananas coming from the tourist and then they come down to the place where the people feed them.

THE BEST OF THE LOT. 2609 finishes plus lots of chugging boat aafternwood. (THE WOOD IS TRAVELLERS PALM. VERY IMPORTANT PALM, BECAUSE WITH LEAVES YOU can make the roof of a house, the branches you can use for wall of a house, and with the trunk you can make the floor. vbery imporatnty trees. called travellers palm because there is water inside, thiristy travellers can cut and drink the water. jean robert. native of nose be, working for tourism. 2741 lots of slowing boat ambience... almost idling, but not quite... 3120 the anchor is dropped in a very nice and very compelete andfinal sounding way. then a couple of seconds later the rest of the anchor comes down and out. then there's relative silence for about thirty seconds. then the rest of teh anchor goes out and they're finally done with it at 3310 then more quiet ambi then THEY'RE REALLY, REALLY DONE LETTING IT OUT at 33:50. then a lot more quiet ambience which i'm now getting bored of, juzxt waiting for the goddamn anchor to'be let out yuet again. how much anchor do they have, anyway? a mile? two miles? what's the deal.

track 8 3525 small boat engine pull starts...we go toward the beach at a steady little clip,engine cuts at 3658, engine dies at 3726, then there's good waves and disembarking sounds, movin' around, getting stuff out, jumping into the surf, surf...

track 9 lots of great surf after the boat goes away...thru 42:30.
4340ish boat arrives, alex and his friends get out, big surf, stuff like that,
full. not bad at all.

track 11 center of nosy kombe such as it is. there's running water from the old pipe in the center of town, and voices, but so far it prettymuch sucks. 4610 pots and pans and water and children. now i'm liking it a lot more. 4705 woman sorta yellin, guyanswering, kids, texture nice.

TRACK 13 HOW MUCH ARE THE BANANAS?

4958 one thousand malagasy francs for
five.

WHOO! THESE ARE VERY EXPENSIVE BANANAS.
(againn) bananas for the lemurs. alex implodes here.

TRACK 15 HOW MANY BANANAS SELL TO TOURISTS A DAY

maybe ten bunches like this.

5219 DO MANY TOURISTS COME HERE-IS THIS HOW YOU MAKE YOUR LIVING?

many tourists, but it depends on the season. (j ean robert says that she says that our work is important because when we do our reporting a lot of people in the u.s. will hear it and then come to nosy kombe.

WHY DO TOURISTS COME TO THE ISLAND.

just to look at the lemurs and walk around.

TRACK16 5550 milling children.

track 17 musician warming up...then short little piece on his whatever after i get him to stop and start clean at 5820... ends at 10057 ...there's some hiss behind it...must be a water pipe somewhere... anyway, he starts up again at 10120 with a shorter, slightly more lyrical version.

I'M NOT REAL EXCITED BY THESE, THO I SUPPOSE THEY'LL DO.

TRACK 18 10410 this is the park in nosy kombe, and it isn't a problem finding a lemur here...the¿ park is overrun with them. there aregosh.. fifteen or twenty standing around us, in a kind of closed off area, but they could get out anytime they want ....there are trees overhead... but they come here because the tourists come here and feed them bananasns. i'm going to take a bananas out of this bag and offer it to them... (slightly off mic) i don't know if... (then back on mic for)Here comes one right now... oh my god it jumped on me ... laugh...the lemur jumped on my shoulder and grabbed a bananas out of my hand. i'd say these lemurs are...well, they're certainly not afraid of humans ... and now it's gone up in the tree laugh... and it's eating the bananas. these are black lemurs and brown lemurs? robert? (robert answers) macacauo lemmurs ...the males are black and the females are brown. they come down and get on your shoulder and take the bananas. sometimes they .can take it on the fly. 10555 (alex) they're climbing on me to get the bananas. These are wild lemurs? (robert) yes, but they're a little bit friendly of the people.

SO THESE AREN'T KEPT OR ANYTHING?

no no. they come down here to take bananas. if they know the tourist is coming. sometime you can't see them in the they're the size of cats. the weigh maybe six or seven pounds, they leap from eight, nine ten feet away and land on your shoulder. it's kind of surprisng. they're not really heavy, but it's pretty strange having this thing holding on to you. like cats, they're just like cats, except they don't have claws. they're holding you with these little hands.

11200 these males, they're perfectly black. they have orange eyes, they're perfectly black(lemur noise in background)

11236 I've got one bananas left. I'm gonna pull it out here and give itto 'em. they're staring«grunt) they're waiting, there are four of em. Here comes one... (alex grunt) there are three more of them on the fence (snort, snort, bird)they're not very happy when you hold the bananas away from them, they start scrambling(alex having difficulty keeping them at bay). there are two now, one holding onto me,and she's really dragging at my arm trying to get this thing and grunting for it. (alex, laboring) there's another o,n my other shoulder, there's another one(snort snort). There are three of them on me ... (alex cry)and they're fighting for the bananas and i think they just got it. one of them did. (snort snort snort). (hear my headphones come off, crash to the ground)there go the headphones. they're climbing on michael too. (little snorts, bird) My interview with the lemur (al laughs).

11400(sighs). (little fight sound lemurwise, then little snorting lemur ambience for a while. it aint great, but it is kinda atmospheric.

11457 (big chirp of lemur, then more ambience type stuff, snorting lemurs, clucking chickens, lasts a good long two+ minutes linda time.

11923 JEAN ROBERT, WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE TODAY, THIS HAPPENS
EVERYDAY HERE AT NOSE KOMBE.

yes, it's very common. every. day when someeone coming here, and then they come down here to have food, bananas.

ARE THESE WILD LEMURS, DO YOU THINK? IMEAN, DO YOU THINK OF THEM AS WILD ANIMALS.

yes, i think they are wild, but sometime they come down here to have food because when they hear the noise from the boat they know tourist is coming, and then they come down from the forest. but in generally they don't living in the village, the living in the forest, you see the mountain.

THERE'S A BIG MOUNTAIN BEHIND THIS PARK. yeah. AND IT'S HEAVILY FORESTED, JUST REES EVERYWHERE, IT'S VERY LUSH. AND THAT'S WHERE THE LEMURS LIVE?

yeah, they're living there.

HERE'S ONE RIGHT THERE STARING AT US. IT'S SIX FEET AWAY, IF THAT.

for them,the female has a baby in october. sometimes they have twins, like human.

DO THEY BRING THE BABIES DOWN HERE, BRING THEIR OFFSPRING?

yes, they bring the baby sometimes on their back or on his stomaoch. the baby do the hands like this on back and stay on stomach.

ARE THEY REALLY WILD ANIMALS IF THEY COME DOWN TO THE VILLAGE AND EAT BANANAS HERE LIKE THIS. THEY'RE NOT AFRAID OF HUMANS.
you mean in the forest?

YEAH. in teh forest they eat the bananas or mango. even here in nosy kombe, you let bananas ripen in field on bananas tress, you can't have bananas, because they eat it before you.
REALLY. WELL WHAT DO THE FARMERS DO ABOUT THAT?DO YOU GROW BANANAS HERE?

they grow bananas here, but they don't let bananas ripen on the bananas trees. they take it before.

SO BEFORE THEY RIPEN THEY PICK THEM.

yeah. they pick them green and then put it in their house. and sometimes when they are very hungry they don't find something to eat here, they smell bananas and go inside the house.

THEY ACTUALLY GO INTO THEOUSE TO STEAL BANANAS.

yes. and then the peole fight them. go awa! go away.

ARE THERE LEMURS ON THIS ISLAND THAT ARE COMPLETELY WILD, THAT DON'T COME DOWN HERE?

on other side of island. 12250 because you know that this island is bigger, so there's three thousand people living here. and the forest are still in all area so then they stay in the forest, some of them not coming down to the village. but here is very special. they're coming down ON OTHER SIDE--WHERE PEOPLE GROW BANANAS. Yes, they grow bananas, but they don as i told you before, because if you let them ripen bananas on trees they can't have bananas, because the lemurs will eat them.

SO ON OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND ARE LEMURS PESTS. THE FARMERS DON'T LIKE THEM? i think so, the farmers don't like them. BUT HERE, THEY PROVIDE POEPLE OF VlLALGE WITH LIVING, BECAUSE TOURISTS WILL COME AND SPEND MONEY IN THE VILLAGEAND PAY AN ENTRANCE FEE FOR THE PARK AND THE VILLAGE GETS MONEY FROM THAT.

yeah, that's why they don't chase the lemurs, because it's big... because lemur bring money for them from the tourist. that's why they don't chase the lemurs. BUT THEY'RE JUST PESTS. the tourists are coming all the time, so in the month when the tourists not coming here, they loook around the island for bananas to look for something to eat. when it's starting to get yellOW, they are not a 11 ripe, they see the bananas when they turn yellow, they starting to eat it. that's why people go on their filed, and when they see these baanas are ready to get ripe after one week they cut it and bring it to at home.

I WONDER IF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WILD LEMURS IN FOREST BACK ON THE MAINLAND AND THE LEMURS HERE.

the difference is the lemur here are a freindly of the people. but in mainland, like in nose be for example,at ---reserve, there are some species of this lemur, but here they don't come close and touch the people, they staying in the trees and when they hear the noise from the human, they jumping away, running away to the forest, jumping branch to branch back into forest.

DO YOU THINK THOSE ARE MORE LIKE REALLY WILD LEMURS, THE OTHER KIND. ARE THEY MORE WILD THAN THESE LEMURS.

yeah, they're more wild than in nose kombe. (macaco lemurs) the black lemurs you can find in north of madagascar. with differnet region of madagascar there are different species of lemur.

12825 DOES IT TROUBLE YOU AT ALL THAT THE LEMURS ARE TAME HERE>?

no. no. but if they eat much food ...see that tree over there... if they eat uch bananas, and then...the trots.

index 22 13938 sustained, fairly on mic lemur grunting in the middle of a long ambience bed...

index 23 some kids, some water...

14302 ...kid dives into water, another kid dives, they scream, laugh, they're having fun ...there's the drone of a little outboard in back, but this is all pretty nice and friendly sounding.

14400 the outboard is gone, leaving nice kids, diving splashes,

14425 another set of splashes, this is even better.

14523 the litle girls singing with a little surf in back.

14733 jean robert lemur story. at first lemurs were people like us, so king...then it gets lost. al asks about croc. jean robert counters with chameleon story. which doesn't work. then croc story. which doesn't either.

index 28 15500 EXCELLENT GRUNTING LEMURS! just when you thought it sucked. for almost a minute they grunt excellently.15600 a throatier grunt, almost long enough, then alex talks, must be disciplined, then they don't come back after that.

15900 more grunting lemurs, alm,ost as good.

DAT #5: Nosey Komba Trip -MS Stereo Decoded in the Field (Could be widened)

Hear too much Alex. Not useable (on the dock)

2:20 Small boat to big boat. Boat motor sound -movement on dock People talking -sounds good ** Discussion J.Robert & someone -get in boat. (5:43)

5:45 Small boat engine starts & accelerates.

7:13 Engine slows to chug & stops. Disembark onto big boat.
(Alex & mic noise)

9:14 Small boat leaves.

9:52 loading boat -engine idling quiet people noises

11:15 boat starts to move -slowly accelerates. (16:27:28)

16:30 quieter engine -constant. Raising Sail. Attaching Riggings. **
(21:03:00)

21:07 intv. Alex/John Robert -arriving to Nosey Kombe
(idling boat under intv.)

23:45 Raising Sail again? lots of Rigging noise (27:34) **

27:36 Amb of boat engine (31:15) **

31:17 Sail Rigging Noise

32:18 Sail Rigging Noise

32:48 Sail Rigging Noise (34:45)

BREAK IN ABS CODE

35:25 Small boat engine starts -getting off yacht onto small transport.

37:30 engine shuts off at dock very nice. ** disembark sounds -good great water sound

38:20 engine starts up -boat goes away. Good waves breaking at beach. **

42:48 Boat begins to approach

44:07 Boat arrives (Alex's boat)

44:58 Boat engine starts & leaves

45:27 Nosey Kombe town center ambi, water pouring out of pipe, people talking, banging pots **

48:44 Alex & John Robert: "Christ Thorn"

49:31 Kids talking -John Robert Banana Lady -Stand Up many takes.

51:30 Banana Lady/Alex standup

54:27 John Robert talking w/people off mic. Lots of children around. Buying Bananas?

57:27 musician playing

58:13 2nd take -kids talking in background

1:01:15 3rd take -kids in foreground (wind or water nearby) (1:01:53:00)

1:01:53 Amb. of musician's place (1:02:28:00)

1:02:38 Lemurs & Alex

1:03:44 Alex standup with Lemurs

1:07:10 Alex standup with Lemurs

1:09:45 Amb of Lemurs on Alex -grunting & eating.

1:12:43 3 Lemurs on Alex -good **** & amb following. (1:18:16:00)

1:18:40 Alex & John Robert interview (1:29:20:00)

1:30:00 Trying for amb of lemurs & town (1:33:02:20)

1:33:22 amb take #2 (1:34:24:00)

1:34:38 far away lemur grunts/amb *** (1:36:00:00)

1:37:40 amb -wide shot people, birds, "sounds like summer" ***

1:39:15 Lemur CU / ambi *** (1:42:02:18)

1:42:33 Kids in surf -sounds great (1:45:00:00) ***

END OF DAT #5

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