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Tom Vater

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My catalogue of field recordings from Asia at The British Library.

Between 1995 and 2004 I recorded several hundred hours of music and sounds from Asia for The British Library’s National Sound Archive – material from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Nepal. I recorded mostly the music of minorities and musicians in remote rural locations. I released several CD collections of […]

British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater

Hmong Lao Khaen player in Vientiane 2001 The British Library holds a small but significant collection of Lao material, consisting of manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals and post cards, mainly acquired after 1973. However, the oldest items in Lao language date back to the 19th century. The earliest book about Laos is in Italian and […]

Forget Boston and Thatcher. This week’s human flashpoint is Tubbataha

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. I watched hundreds of sharks pooling around coral ledges at thirty-five meters, so many they kept bumping into me. I watched giant tuna glitter in the dark thirty meters below me, leading tens of thousands of giant barracuda through the depths. I saw guitar sharks the size of […]

Dead Sea, the new thriller from Crime Wave Press free on amazon!!!

Hold your breath! Mark down the dates! Crime Wave Press will offer the high seas thriller Dead Sea by Sam Lopez for FREE as an e-book download from amazon on December 22,23 and 24! Check out this new fantastic review of the book on amazon by Sandeman: It’s been said that the start and end-points […]

New Crime Wave Press title: Dead Sea by Sam Lopez

The third title by Crime Wave Press, Asia’s only crime fiction imprint (correct me if I’m wrong), is out now. Dead Sea by Sam Lopez is available from amazon. Down and out Luke and high-class Tara, linked intimately by a violent incident in London’s seedy King’s Cross, run away to the Philippines to escape their […]

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