Layered Memories: Searching for Sound

Layered Memories: Searching for Sound

Nice documentary by Red Bull Music Academy on the sonic exploration of Yosi Horikawa. It’s clear that Yosi Horikawa is not only obsessed with music, but sound itself. The Japanese producer consistently incorporates field recordings into his tracks to vibrant effect. So when Yosi decided to make the World Heritage...
TEDx Amazônia: Gordon Hempton

TEDx Amazônia: Gordon Hempton

One day,Gordon Hempton , slept on the grass. A storm fell and he continued asleep in the rain. That was the day he became fascinated with the sounds of nature. For 25 years, his job is to record sounds that people have forgotten to hear. He warns us: silence is...
Soundscape Ecology: The Science of Sound in the Landscape

Soundscape Ecology: The Science of Sound in the Landscape

Soundscape Ecology: The Science of Sound in the Landscape, a great article by Bryan C. Pijanowski, Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera, Sarah L. Dumyahn, Almo Farina, Bernie L. Krause, Brian M. Napoletano, Stuart H. Gage and Nadia Pieretti. This article presents a unifying theory of soundscape ecology, which brings the idea of the...
New STR Release by Enrique Maraver

New STR Release by Enrique Maraver

Pleased to announce a new release at Sonic Terrain: STR018 – En las Faldas de la Malinche, created from field recordings taken by Enrique Maraver in “La Malinche” territory in Mexico. Go to release page for listening and more info.
Three New Books: On Acousmatic Sound, Sonic Continuum and Orality

Three New Books: On Acousmatic Sound, Sonic Continuum and Orality

Here are three books I’ve been exploring recently and strongly recommend. All of them have been written by well-known sound theorists and were released in June/July. In general, I’d say the texts are dedicated to explore different aspects of sound, mainly featuring a philosophical/practical approach towards listening and its related topics, but each...
World Listening Day 2014 - Sonic Terrain Compilation

World Listening Day 2014 – Sonic Terrain Compilation

So, we did it! The variety of places, submissions and ears augmented this year not only in terms of numbers, but also in the diversity of the material itself. It has been an amazing journey to listen to all of these great sounds and moments. This year, I wanted to...
Underwater Surround: Canon Crackers of the Pistol Shrimp

Underwater Surround: Canon Crackers of the Pistol Shrimp

Canon Crackers of the pistol shrimp from Ambient Recording on Vimeo. Is the underwater world a silent world? No, the depths of the sea are as full of exciting sounds and voices as any other habitat rich with species. However, humans can’t perceive these sounds under normal circumstances, and so...
Bird Sounds Visualized

Bird Sounds Visualized

Bird sounds captured using a digital audio recorder and fed into a computer to activate particle effects. Work by digital artist Andy Thomas
Resonant Architecture

Resonant Architecture

Since 2006, the Art of Failure collective has been sending bass frequencies into remarkable architectural structures. These experiences establish a dialog between architecture, the structures’ spatial components, and their geographic context – revealing building’s specific acoustic and vibrating qualities. Resonant Architecture Project
Salomé Voegelin and the New Generation of Field Recordists

Salomé Voegelin and the New Generation of Field Recordists

Interesting article by Salomé Voegelin at Wire’s Collateral Damage: “A new generation of field recordists is challenging the myth of the invisible figure with a microphone in work that celebrates presence rather than absence.” Read
Echo-Locations - The Sounds of Elsewhere

Echo-Locations – The Sounds of Elsewhere

Echo-location is an exhibition of field recordings and sound art works that play with soundscape materials. It was collated in 2014 for installation in several locations around Limerick as part of the Limerick Soundscapes project. It was launched at the University of Limerick Conference ‘Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship’ which...
Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom

How digital technology is transforming our relationship with sound Full article
The Music of Sound

The Music of Sound

Excerpts from Tim Prebble‘s fantastic work for Auckland Regional Parks Artists Residency based in Little Huia, New Zealand. (watch in HD & listen on decent speakers or headphones)
A Life in Sound: Chris Watson

A Life in Sound: Chris Watson

A selection of progammes and soundscapes featuring sound recordist Chris Watson. Listen
The Sound of the Earth

The Sound of the Earth

Nice work by Lotte Geeven. 2013. A seismograph & the recording of the sound of the earth. For this project I travelled to the deepest open hole in the world to find out about it’s mysteries and to record the sound of the earth. Based on this travel I made...
Video-Interview with Simon Whetham

Video-Interview with Simon Whetham

An interview with sound artist Simon Whetham.
Silence

Silence

Two nice trailers for today: Silence, by Pat Collins (an excerpt here) In Pursuit of Silence (not yet released) by Patrick Shen
A Book On Listening

A Book On Listening

‘On Listening‘, book edited by Angus Carlyle & Cathy Lane (authors of ‘In The Field‘) and published at October 28 by Uniform Books. You can get it at the official site. Also recommended is this nice review Cheryl Tipp just published at Caught by the River. On Listening is a...
Exclusive Interview with Yiorgis Sakellariou

Exclusive Interview with Yiorgis Sakellariou

Mecha/Orga, aka Yiorgis Sakellariou is a sound artist/composer from Greek, currently living in England. He has done CD and virtual releases, composed music for theatre and film, lead workshops and concerts, and since 2004 he has curated the label Echomusic. The palette of sound he presents is really wide, where...
Justin Boyd: Sound and Time

Justin Boyd: Sound and Time

Great documentary by Walley Films on the work of sound artist Justin Boyd. Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media at Southwest School of Art, shares his connection with sound and how he uses it to create original works of art. Inspired by his sensitivity to sound at...
Place and Sound

Place and Sound

Great audio documentary on sound art and field recording, with Francisco Lopez, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jodi Rose and Joseph Bertolozzi. Four unique composers and sound artists who compose using location sound recordings talk about where music begins; does it exist in nature or is it created in the act of recording, or of composing...
Audible Forces

Audible Forces

Audible Forces is a landscape of wind-driven musical installations created by seven of the finest UK sound artists around today. These intriguing kinetic, sonic creations produce other-worldly sounds as nature’s unseen force breathes life into them. Produced by OCM and Oxford Brookes University Sonic Art Research Unit. Works: Phantom Field by Mark...
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Rycote Cyclone

Rycote Cyclone

Rycote has announced Cyclone. Innovation. Evolution. That’s how Rycote has maintained its status as leader in isolation from the effects of wind and shock since we introduced the first conventional windshield more than 40 years ago. For the Cyclone we decided to move our existing technology completely aside to achieve the extraordinary. An entirely new...
iZotope Releases RX4

iZotope Releases RX4

iZotope has released the fourth version of the RX suite. New features in RX4: Clip Gain: Adjust and balance the volume of vocals and instruments with this non-destructive editing feature. Dialogue Denoiser: Reduce distracting background noise from dialogue and vocals in real time (now a standard feature with both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced). RX...
Handheld Recorders Comparison

Handheld Recorders Comparison

Sonic Sense has published a review of several handheld recorders. Full article
Leonardo Music Journal, Call for for Papers - The Politics of Sound Art

Leonardo Music Journal, Call for for Papers – The Politics of Sound Art

For Volume 25 of Leonardo Music Journal we are soliciting articles (papers of up to 3,000 words) and shorter statements (750-1,000 words) that address the role of politics in the creation and dissemination of music and related sonic arts, especially in those genres employing new technological tools. Possible areas of attention include (but are not...
Sounding Spaces: sonic explorations and interventions

Sounding Spaces: sonic explorations and interventions

Sounding Spaces: sonic explorations and interventions, a 5 day workshop by John Grzinich held during Tsonami 2013, in Valparaiso Chile with Eamon Sprod, Andrés Rivera F, Guely Morató, Michel Poblete Montoya and Sebastian Vega. While most of us have developed an ability to both listen to and navigate through the world around us, much of...
Sound Studies: A Discipline?

Sound Studies: A Discipline?

Melle Jan Kromhout has published a nice article at Sounding Out! blog about the sound studies discipline, as discussed in the Sound Signatures Winter School, Amsterdam, January 2014. Has the ever-nascent field of sound studies finally “grown up”? After years of intellectual development and a constantly growing body of work, including quite a few classic texts and...
Cities & Memory

Cities & Memory

Cities and Memory is a sound programme that records both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time. Every faithful field recording document here is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere...
The Mamori Expedition - Els Viaene

The Mamori Expedition – Els Viaene

A wooden installation replicates the path that artist Els Viaene followed during an expedition through the Brazilian Amazon forest in 2009. With her she took a device to record sounds and a GPS to register her journey. The three wooden arms of the sculpture are filled with water. A headset and a hammer-like stick, the...
Sonospace

Sonospace

The Sonospace website splits up into a magazine and a sound archive. They both interconnect with some of the wider issues that we see over the course of our contributors’ research projects and represent our mission to bring interesting and thoughtful content to the wider world. We archive for the global community and investigate the...
Echoing the Otherworld

Echoing the Otherworld

Our reader Gautam Pemmaraju, who is also columnist at the great 3quarksdaily blog, has pointed me to a great post he published some months ago, dedicated to explore reverb and echo effects from a mysterious and interesting approach. The whispering gallery that runs along the inner periphery of the dome of Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of...
Sounds That Changed The Course Of History

Sounds That Changed The Course Of History

Very nice post by David Hendy at Huffington Post: 10 sounds that changed the course of history. History always conjures up striking images for us – gory battlefield deaths, royal courts shadowed with intrigue, revolutionary violence and heroism, turbulent cityscapes, domestic dramas, appealing human icons, monstrous villains. But history has an extraordinary soundtrack, too. Indeed,...
Billy Bao's Mattin and Xabier Erkizia in Lagos

Billy Bao’s Mattin and Xabier Erkizia in Lagos

  In The Wire 365, Billy Bao’s Mattin and Xabier Erzikia explored Lagos with sound artist Emeka Ogboh. Here, Mattin and Erzikia compile 15 annotated tracks of music and sound recordings. LISTEN (via mediateletipos)