World Listening Day 2015: Call for Compositions

World Listening Day 2015: Call for Compositions

So, the World Listening Day 2015 is happening in one month exactly, on July 18th, with an special topic: water. Following the tradition we initiated 2 years ago, an new call for recordings opens, this time searching for something different than the last years. This year, the call is not...
New STR Release by Luís Antero

New STR Release by Luís Antero

We’re very happy to announce a new release at STR, featuring the amazing work of portugal-based artist Luís Antero. >>> LISTEN
New Book: 'Animal Music - Sound and Song in the Natural World'

New Book: ‘Animal Music – Sound and Song in the Natural World’

‘Animal Music: Sound and Song in the Natural World‘ is a wonderful book I recently got. It’s edited by Tobias Fisher and Lara C Cory and features interviews with truly expert and passionate people on this field. Can animals talk? What meaning does their song convey? Will we ever be...
Communicating and Living Sound: An Interview with Lasse-Marc Riek and Roland Etzin of Gruenrekorder [+exclusive mix]

Communicating and Living Sound: An Interview with Lasse-Marc Riek and Roland Etzin of Gruenrekorder [+exclusive mix]

Listening is a way of living in which sound can be a guide for many aspects of our life. As we live, we make sound, and as we listen to that network that is created in all our resonances, we start to be more conscious and attentive not only to the...
New Book: Keywords in Sound, a conceptual lexicon for sound studies

New Book: Keywords in Sound, a conceptual lexicon for sound studies

Duke University Press has a announced a new book dedicated to sound studies, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny. Will be available on April 17. In twenty essays on subjects such as noise, acoustics, music, and silence, Keywords in Sound presents a definitive resource for sound studies, and a compelling argument...
Liminaria 2014: Tracking Borders

Liminaria 2014: Tracking Borders

Interesting mini-documentary on the work of Liminaria 2014, featuring interviews with curator Leandro Pisano and sound artists France Jobin (Canada) and Tessa Elieff (Australia). Liminaria aims at narrating the territory of Fortore, a marginal rural region located in the South of Italy, through an artistic point of view, putting together the...
Christine Sun Kim: A New Way to Listen

Christine Sun Kim: A New Way to Listen

Though she was born deaf, Christine Sun Kim’s favorite medium to work with is sound. We visited her Brooklyn studios and she showed us what she has in store for her Lincoln Reimagine Project. As a Lincoln Reimagine Project honoree, Kim will create a walk-able art installation that employs the...
Open Call: Speed of Sound, by VacuaMœnia

Open Call: Speed of Sound, by VacuaMœnia

Following the ideas of “Handbook for Acoustic Ecology” by Barry Truax, VacuaMœnia proposes an OpenCall for sound-artist, musicians or simple aware listeners to celebrate two years of researches and activities. The topic chosen investigates on “the propagation of sound” in a landscape, defined by Truax like Geometric Spreading, Atmospheric Effects...
Framework 500!

Framework 500!

Framework radio is celebrating their 500th show! A perfect opportunity to congratulate and support the amazing work this project has been doing over the years. Let’s hope more amazing shows and sounds will follow! And that’s not all… They’re celebrating with a new release! on february 22nd, 2015, we aired our...
New STR Release: Fabio R. Lattuca – Amix_

New STR Release: Fabio R. Lattuca – Amix_

We have a new release at Sonic Terrain: “Amix_”, by Italian artist Fabio R. Lattuca. “Amix_” is a phonography that puts in contrasts two aspects of the Sicilian soundscape. The recordings were tooken between the reserve of the Bomes  lake – 37 823 LAT, LON 13,820 – and the town...
Surrounded by Soundscapes: Charles Amirkhanian, Bernie Krause, Walter Murch

Surrounded by Soundscapes: Charles Amirkhanian, Bernie Krause, Walter Murch

Composer Charles Amirkhanian, soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, and film editor and sound designer Walter Murch consider the environmental implications and artistic possibilities of aural landscapes and ambient sounds. via mediateletipos
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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New Zoom F8

New Zoom F8

Zoom has released a new recorder called F8. Features at a glance: 8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors Compact and lightweight aluminum chassis, weighing just 2 pounds (without batteries) High quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputs Support for up...
Instamic, A Recorder in Less than Two Inches

Instamic, A Recorder in Less than Two Inches

Instamic is a new miniature recorder currently being funded at Indiegogo.
A Picture of a Thunder

A Picture of a Thunder

When it comes to thunderstorms, lightning tends to steal the show, dazzling everyone with its spectacular displays, and overshadowing the powerful long-distance rumbles that accompany the atmospheric energy release. But now a team of scientists working at the Southwest Research Institute in the US has captured the world’s first detailed image of thunder, and it...
A m f i b i o n

A m f i b i o n

A m f i b i o n by Artificial Memory Trace Amfibion takes the listener into a rich, bizarre and disorienting world, a biological melting pot of the uncanny, the bewildering and the awe inspiring. Comprised of treated field recordings of frogs taken during excursions in the Brazilian Amazon from 2007 to 2011, Amfibion...
Field Recording: Okarito kiwi

Field Recording: Okarito kiwi

Great field report from Tim Prebble about his journey to Okarito, New Zealand to record kiwi sounds. If you know anyone from New Zealand you will have likely heard the colloquial use of the word ‘kiwi’ – the kiwi is our national bird, and what a bird it is: sleeps all day, wakes about half an...
'Here', A Wireless System That Lets You "Control" What You Hear

‘Here’, A Wireless System That Lets You “Control” What You Hear

Here – Active Listening, project at Kickstarter: HERE IS A WIRELESS INTERACTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM Through two truly wireless, in-ear buds and a smartphone app, Here allows you to instantly control real world audio so you can hear what you want to hear – no matter the situation – and be fully immersed in your audio environment....
Human Harp

Human Harp

Human Harp is an instrument that clips to suspension cables, enabling us to hear and play a bridge’s song. Founded by artist Di Mainstone in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, Human Harp is also supported by Arts Council England, Arup, Roundhouse and Sennheiser. Now a global collaboration, Human Harp connects engineers, dancers, designers, musicians and bridge lovers...
The Cooling Tower, Satsop - By Christopher DeLaurenti

The Cooling Tower, Satsop – By Christopher DeLaurenti

This is an unedited excerpt from To The Cooling Tower, Satsop released by GD Stereo on compact disc as part of their Improvisational Architecture series. To the Cooling Tower, Satsop documents my journey through a tunnel beneath an aborted nuclear power station. Designed to deliver water to cool the reactor core, the tunnel is long;...
Ear | Wave | Event – Issue Two

Ear | Wave | Event – Issue Two

Ear | Wave | Event publication has published issue #2, including the following articles: Listening? BY BILL DIETZ & WOODY SULLENDER Relational Listening : The Politics Of Perception BY LAWRENCE ENGLISH  Relational Listening P.S. BY BILL DIETZ & LAWRENCE ENGLISH Sound, Listening, and Public Engagement BY BRENDA HUTCHINSON Notes on Site-Unspecificity BY ERIC LASKA Auditory (Con)texts:...
SoundCamp 2015

SoundCamp 2015

SoundCamp is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by REVEIL: a 24 hour broadcast that tracks the sounds of daybreak, travelling West from microphone to microphone, on sounds relayed live by audio streamers around the globe. SoundCamp / REVEIL will be at Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe from...
British Library Wildlife Recordings Available on SoundCloud

British Library Wildlife Recordings Available on SoundCloud

Great news: British Library is releasing amazing field recordings from their archive under creative commons licenses at Soundcloud: Over the last 2 1/2 years, we have been working alongside 25 European partners on a project that aims to enable and promote greater re-use of digitised cultural heritage resources. With its eyes focused firmly on the...
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Musique d’Ameublement (Furniture Music) is perhaps one of Erik Satie’s boldest compositions, a seminal work for a wide range of modern and contemporary music styles and theories, sound art and design. This composition was  played during the interludes of Max Jacob’s  play Ruffian toujours, truand jamais. It was Satie’s purpose to merge, with his particular humour and...