Field Recording, Politics and Music: An Interview with Matthew Herbert

Field Recording, Politics and Music: An Interview with Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert is a clear example of someone in the constant search of originality and new perspectives around sound. He has published over 25 albums under various nicknames, has collaborated with important artists in the electronic music scene and has also worked in films, performances and other projects, such as BBC’s New...
A Beginner's Guide to Field Recording, by Lawrence English

A Beginner’s Guide to Field Recording, by Lawrence English

Great article by Lawrence English at FACT: A Beginner’s guide to field recording In Peter Szendy’s provocative book Listening, he presents two related questions: “Can one make a listening listened to? Can I transmit my listening, unique as it is?” It’s these questions that have occupied my thinking a great deal...
Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening

Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening

Interesting blog post at Center for Humans & Nature by Eric Leonardson on ethics, listening and acoustic ecology. If we are to find a way out of the current impasse, learning how to listen and developing an ethic of listening may be one way resolve it. Learning how to listen is particularly...
Audible Silence: Jez Riley French at TEDxHull

Audible Silence: Jez Riley French at TEDxHull

Interesting talk by Jez Riley French at TEDxHull in 2013. Jez Riley French is fascinated and passionate about the infinite detail and expanding vistas of life around us, its sights and sounds, often overlooked or hidden. His creative output focuses on elements such as audible silence, active listening and stillness....
New Release: STR020 - A los cuatro vientos by Félix Blume

New Release: STR020 – A los cuatro vientos by Félix Blume

Happy to announce the release of ‘A los cuatro vientos’, a fantastic release by Félix Blume with sounds from different sides of America. LISTEN
In Pursuit of Silence, Interview with Director Patrick Shen

In Pursuit of Silence, Interview with Director Patrick Shen

In Pursuit of Silence | Kickstarter campaign | @ music of sound | @ huffington post | @ pantheos Silence has intrigued me for years, a topic that always gives you questions and open paths to discover our amazing universe. The concept itself has a lot of notions. Some value silence as sonic...
New STR Release: Correspondence, by Bunú

New STR Release: Correspondence, by Bunú

Happy to present the second release of Bunú sound duo at Sonic Terrain, “Correspondence”. Correspondence combines recordings from two different cities: Belfast and Rio de Janeiro. The composition explores unexpected similarities and variations in spatial density between two disparate sonic environments. The recordings open a dialogue, constructing a composition that maintains...
Exploring Abandoned Soundscapes, An Interview with VacuaMoenia

Exploring Abandoned Soundscapes, An Interview with VacuaMoenia

VacuaMoenia is a team dedicated to soundscape exploration and established in Italy by Fabio R. Lattuca and Pietro Bonanno. With the premise of sonically navigating across abandoned places in Sicily, they have been developing a wide variety of interesting practices, including field recording and composition works, text publications, workshops, talks,...
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...
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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Binaural/Nodar: 10th Anniversary Audiovisual Postcards

Binaural/Nodar: 10th Anniversary Audiovisual Postcards

On the 10th anniversary of Binaural/Nodar, a sound and media arts cultural organization based in the rural area of Gralheira Mountain Range (São Pedro do Sul, Portugal), some artists who were hosted between 2006 and 2014 at Nodar Rural Art Lab, a site-specifc artist in residency programme, sent their happy anniversary wishes in the form...
OlivElegy, by Enrico Coniglio

OlivElegy, by Enrico Coniglio

OlivElegy, new release by Enrico Coniglio at Impulsive Habitat. Recordings made ​​at an olive oil mill site on the hills a few kilometers from the charming town of Assisi, Umbria (Italy). Special thanks to the nuns of Monastero Benedettino di Sant’Anna, Bastia Umbra, and Frantoio Le Vecchie Macine, Tordibetto. Coordinates are 43°05’33.9″N 12°34’48.5″E. “A long-leafed...
Into the Wood

Into the Wood

Into the Wood is an environment-themed electro-acoustic performance that uses wood as its main source of sound for the creation of sound textures, rhythms and melodies. The resulting sound lays the foundations for building a new relationship between timber and humans: wood is a living material ! Into the Wood is a forest of sound, where the...
The Field Recordist, by Lawrence Barker

The Field Recordist, by Lawrence Barker

Lawrence Barker has finished his audiovisual autobiography, The Field Recordist. Best heard with headphones to appreciate the full stereo field. This film is a personal reflection of my own passion for audio field recording over the past 45 years. “Audio field recordings act as a powerful trigger, transporting me back to the original place they...
Journal of Sonic Studies 8 - Sounds of Space

Journal of Sonic Studies 8 – Sounds of Space

A new special issue of the great Journal of Sonic Studies has been published, dedicated to “sounds of space”. We are delighted to announce the publication of the Journal of Sonic Studies special issue on Sounds of Space. Two years ago, to the day, scholars, artists, and musicians convened at the Freie Universität Berlin to participate...
Oceanoise 2015

Oceanoise 2015

OCEANOISE2015, a symposium to be hosted (11-15 May) in Vilanova i la Geltrú (around 40km South from Barcelona, Spain) by the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) of the Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech. The growing scientific and societal concern about the effects of underwater sound on marine ecosystems has been recently recognized through the introduction of...
Radio Aporee, Collective Sound Map

Radio Aporee, Collective Sound Map

The project radio aporee ::: maps has started 2006. it is a global soundmap dedicated to phonography, field recording (and related practices) and the art of listening. it connects sound recordings and places, in order to create a sonic cartography, open to the public as a collaborative project. It contains recordings from numerous urban, rural...
New Book: The Sonic Boom

New Book: The Sonic Boom

Joel Beckerman and Tyler Gray have published a new book called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy. A surprising look at the hidden power of sound, revealing how people and brands can use it to inspire and persuade — or annoy From horror movie scores to national anthems to the...
Measuring Sound in New York in the 40's

Measuring Sound in New York in the 40’s

The high levels of noise pollution in New York City instigated the formation of a noise abatement commission. Steven explains how innovator Harvey Fletcher became part of this movement and created a roving ‘noise laboratory’ that measured the amount of sound on the streets of the city. Via SoundWorks Collection
Cities Unlocked, Sound-Based System for Guiding Blind People Through Cities

Cities Unlocked, Sound-Based System for Guiding Blind People Through Cities

Cities Unlocked is a recent project that aims to use a “3D soundscape” system for helping people with sight loss navigate through cities. On a typical day, Jennifer Bottom makes her way around London with her guide dog in tow. Sometimes, “I just wander about, ask people and get directions,” she says. “But if you’re...
FoundSounds, New iOS App for Sharing Field Recordings

FoundSounds, New iOS App for Sharing Field Recordings

Developer David Jensenius has released a new iOS app called FoundSounds, aimed to work as a network of recordings from around the world. FoundSounds is a unique new mobile app blurring the line between a social network and a collaborative art project. The premise is simple: if you find a sound you like, record it...
Bats jamming bats: Food competition through sonar interference

Bats jamming bats: Food competition through sonar interference

Interesting article at Science Mag on a special call Bats do for interfere in their own sonars: Communication signals are susceptible to interference (“jamming”) from conspecifics and other sources. Many active sensing animals, including bats and electric fish, alter the frequency of their emissions to avoid inadvertent jamming from conspecifics. We demonstrated that echolocating bats adaptively...