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…

picchio

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…

listening

Wanted: our listening experiences

Can you remember what it felt like to feel the metal back of your Ipod with your hand for the first time?  Or perhaps to look at your reflection in a CD for the first time?  Or maybe to get lost in the grooves of vinyl for the first time? Many of these personal experiences…