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April 8th, 2007

Young pigs' slaughter. WARNING: this particular sample is very moving, at least for me. It begins with a cry and slowly fades out as the poor creature dies. Recorded in a country house's open yard near Cabra, S Spain. Sennheiser ME66 + MKH30, Shure FP24 preamp, Edirol R09 recorder. It was very hard for me to record this so I hope it's any use.
EDIT: I feel the need to clarify. This is the traditional way of killing the pig in Spanish (and many other countries) rural environment. It is based on bleeding (severance of the major blood vessels), which is not the norm in industrial slaughter houses nowadays (where stunning is applied previously to reduce suffering). I uploaded this to document a traditional practice - very cruel in my opinion - , for the sake of anthropological interest if you wish. Listeners can extract her/his own ethic/moral implications.

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    nihilistististist 13 years, 5 months ago

    Sweet, thanks.

    This is going straight to my distlist.

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    Philipptautz 13 years, 5 months ago

    very sad and sick! but an interesting sound anyway! cool!

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    daveincamas 13 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks (I think) for sharing this. Although I would rather not hear it, I think it is good for us to get a more realistic connection to our "food chain" every once in a while. Hearing this together with this article I read recently is making me want to consume less meat. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/2007/02/meet_daisy_the_cow_global_climates_enemy_number_on.html

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    dobroide 13 years, 5 months ago

    appalling, I still can't believe I was able to record this one. Likely concentrating on the preamp levels helped me to disconnected from what was happening.

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