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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'Save our Sounds', by The British Library

‘Save our Sounds’, by The British Library

‘Save our sounds’ is a British Library’s project aimed to preserve its sound archive. The nation’s sound collections are under threat, both from physical degradation and as the means of playing them disappear from production. Archival consensus internationally is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save our sound collections by digitising them before they become unreadable...
Free Teufelsberg NSA listening tower impulse responses

Free Teufelsberg NSA listening tower impulse responses

Amidst increasing concern about data privacy and how our personal data is being handled we bring you a bit of sonic surveillance history: a set of reverb impulse responses allowing you to use the acoustics of the main listening tower at the former NSA compound, Teufelsberg, in your own productions. Prior to the fall of the...
Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics

Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics

8 July 2015 – 10 July 2015 CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT – SG1&2 Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics is a three-day conference featuring leading researchers and artists in the field. The conference will include presentations by leading academics, as well as a sound art installation by an artist in residence,...
Framework Seasonal #7 - Winter 2014

Framework Seasonal #7 – Winter 2014

Framework Radio has released a new issue of their Framework Seasonal editions: #7 – winter 2014. #7 is another superb compilation of previously unreleased sounds by artists working in the field recording community. this selection features new names as well as some you’ve probably heard before, all of whom are new to framework editions‘ release series. pablo sanz,...
The Thermal Sounds of Yellowstone

The Thermal Sounds of Yellowstone

I recorded the sounds of thermal vents, mud pots, hot springs and more, while in Yellowstone in September 2011. The first half of the video is mostly mud pots, a famous geyser, and a bubbling hot spring inside a cave but the 2nd half features vents that sound like washing machines, a steam engine, popcorn...
Sonic Acts Festival 2015 – The Geologic Imagination

Sonic Acts Festival 2015 – The Geologic Imagination

26 February –1 March 2015, Amsterdam Sonic Acts announces the first names for the 2015 edition: philosopher Graham Harman, theorists Benjamin Bratton and Timothy Morton, architect and researcher Liam Young, weird fiction writer Jeff Vandermeer and research journalist Alan Weisman, media historian Douglas Kahn, geologist Michael Welland, artists Kurt Hentschläger, BJ Nilsen, Karl Lemieux, Jana...
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...