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…

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…

Il Picchio Nero

Ha, I had forgotten about this, must be from 2 summers ago already.  One afternoon during a walk in the Pollino National Park, I came across the unusual sounds of the Picchio Nero (Dryocopus Martius, black woodpecker). A VIP member of local wildlife (such as the otter and the wolf) famed to live in the area, but…

Remixing a Memory

Cities & Memory is and exciting online project that attempts to ‘record both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart’. On the site, field recordings by international sound artists are accompanied by re-workings and interpretations that reimagine the locations in new and creative ways. C&M invites listeners to explore locations through…

Sounds of Prague

Ah, the creative archive. You know the one – those dusty digital folders diasporing all over the hard drive, treasuring buds of ideas ‘for future reference‘ and marked with inspiring labels such as ‘>random ideas<‘, ‘thoughts!’, ‘future projects??‘ (punctuation compulsory).   Being on a sort-of/self-employed maternity leave during these few weeks, I’ve found it the ideal time to go back rediscovering the contents of said…

Sound art as an imposition? Thoughts from ‘Listening for the City’ at The LAB

‘Beyond Noise and Silence: Listening for the City’ just concluded in Dublin: a two-part event focused on ‘exploring how the city’s sound environment might be used by artists, architects, and urban designers to activate experimental architectures, urban experiences, and new forms of public space‘.  It was a commendable move from Dublin City Council Arts Office to…

10 sound facts I never knew…

Halfway through this pregnancy, and by all accounts The Baby can now hear not only my voice, but quite a good bit of the outside world too.  To celebrate this milestone (hey, we’re talking sound- it’s a big one!) I thought I’d share some of my favourite, newly-learnt facts about, you guessed it- babies and…