soundwalking

Soundwalk styles roundup

I think it’s fair to assume that if you follow this blog you will know what a soundwalk is. But for those unfamiliar with the term: this fun and interactive practice essentially involves a small group listening, and sometimes recording, while moving through a physical space at a slow walking pace. Soundwalks can be powerful tools when used in…

Brief Encounter

Georgian staircase leads to experiment in sound fiction.

— So: you’re pacing this Georgian mansion recorder at hand, enjoying every creaky step and every rusty hinge.  You’re pretty sure you are alone, until one of the large heavy doors coughs up someone else.  The someone else smiles an unexpected hello from under their eyes, your reply gets half-caught in your throat.  It’s a…

Lamp

//SuoniPreziosi: the broken lamp

Sometimes we set off with a definite idea, or even a list, of what we’re looking to capture.  Other times we go out without any preconceived expectations, and are happy to accept whatever the day throws at us (which is often better than any man-made plans!).  And then sometimes the material appears in a downright random way,…

Thoreau

7 Field Recording Clichés You’re Probably Guilty Of.

1 | Thoreau. Put Walden down, now. You haven’t ‘just discovered’ how Thoreau was, like, totally ahead of R. Murray Schafer.  That pond is teeming with hydrophones at this stage. 2 | Contact microphones and melting ice, or the go-to first timer experiment the moment the kit is unboxed. 3 | The pensive, looking-in-the-distance-while-monitoring biog shot. This one’s fairly…

Zoom H5 Size

Unboxing and first impressions: the Zoom H5

Some of you might remember how last summer the internet was all a-frenzy as Zoom introduced what for many was the long-awaited successor to the Zoom H4n on steroids: the H6.  It promised (you’ve guessed it) 6 tracks of simultaneous recording, as well as a handy selection of interchangeable input capsules. I have long been a fan…

listen

Yes, but how do you LISTEN?

One of the benefits of our tight-knit recording community is the availability of dialogue and exchange on the subject and techniques of recording. What do you use and how you use it? What tips have you got? Any questions?  There is certainly no shortage of websites dedicated to the subject and forums to air our…