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...
One Square Inch of Silence

One Square Inch of Silence

Take a listening journey with professional sound recordist Gordon Hempton to One Square Inch of Silence, a Hoh Rain Forest location in Olympic National Park he has publicly designated as the quietest place in the lower 48 United States. Defined by Hempton as a place free from man-made noise for...
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
New release: Lagan:Behind by Bunú

New release: Lagan:Behind by Bunú

Happy to announce a new release for free download, called Lagan:Behind, featuring the fantastic work of the sonic duo Bunú. LISTEN
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...
Bernie Krause TEDTalk: The Voice of the Natural World

Bernie Krause TEDTalk: The Voice of the Natural World

Bernie Krause TEDTalk is finally online. A great video to start the listening week! Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically...
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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)
Jay-Dea Lopez Radio Interview

Jay-Dea Lopez Radio Interview

Sound artist Jay-Dea Lopez has been interviewed at Soundproof, a program by Australia’s ABC Radio National, where he talks about several topics around field recording, sonic diversity and sound art, also showcasing sound pieces from different artists. Next up in Soundproof’s Radio Yak series – a conversation with field recordist, Jay-Dea Lopez. Jay-Dea lives and...
Field Recording Survival Kit

Field Recording Survival Kit

Spanish sound artist Edu Comelles has published a nice post on his blog dedicated to talk about his personal kit for field recording on a budget. Ok, things in Spain are tough right now, and spanish economy is not the kind of environment in which you wanna go around claiming money to “preserve and record...
If a glacier melts on a mountain, does anyone hear it?

If a glacier melts on a mountain, does anyone hear it?

Nice field report by Gustavo Valdivia and Tomás Tello on their trip to a large glacier high in the Andes. In June 2014 the two of us—an anthropologist and an experimental musician, both from Peru– visited Quelccaya, a large glacier high in the Andes. We wanted to record the sounds of its ice as it melted....
Wolf Notes #7

Wolf Notes #7

Compost and Height has published Wolf Notes #7, featuring three essays by Daniela Cascella, Caleb Kelly and Sarah Hughes Wolf Notes publishes writing by musicians, artists, critics and listeners of contemporary music and associated arts practice. It is published irregularly and often in association with like-minded activity, such as POLYprojects, or as part of a gallery event, such as Nancy Holt &...
Sound Worlds of Japanese Gardens

Sound Worlds of Japanese Gardens

Michael D. Fowler presents an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the sound world of traditional Japanese gardens by drawing from the diverse fields of semiotics, acoustic ecology, philosophy, mathematical modelling, architecture, music, landscape theory and acoustic analysis. Using projects – ranging from data-visualisations, immersive sound installations, algorithmically generated meta-gardens and proto-architectural form finding missions – as...
Crowdfunding The Quiet

Crowdfunding The Quiet

As a way to combat his own anxiety of noise and crowds of cities, Jason Sweeney embarked on a worldwide quest for quiet in 2013 in our modern urban jungles. He created the TED Prize winning Stereopublic: Crowdsourcing the Quiet – www.stereopublic.net - a participatory art project that asks people to navigate their own city for quiet spaces using an iPhone app...
The Visual Microphone, Translating Subtle Vibrations into Audio (from Video)

The Visual Microphone, Translating Subtle Vibrations into Audio (from Video)

Interesting project by MIT scientists who have found a way of translating subtle vibrations of solid objects into audio information, through the use of high-speed cameras. When sound hits an object, it causes small vibrations of the object’s surface. We show how, using only high-speed video of the object, we can extract those minute vibrations and...
The Nimbus Project, New Sound App Based on Chris Watson's Field Recordings

The Nimbus Project, New Sound App Based on Chris Watson’s Field Recordings

The Nimbus Project is a new app to be released in september. The Nimbus Project is a sound art app, a collection of sound works by Chris Watson contained in an app for mobile devices. It enables listeners to hear sounds of the world, impossible locations, and natural environments; composed as beautiful, immersive sound objects...