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Post by crystalball » Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:56 pm

Hello! I'm suddenly very taken with field recordings. At the moment, I'm more into the pure form, not the composition kind. But I'm open and I've also no idea where to look apart from a few things I found on Twitter and through our Dan - so if anyone knows, or is interested and wants to find out more, it'd be nice to discover things together.

I love recordings that have a strong sense of place:
The Cave of the Mysterious Island: http://soundcloud.com/spiralequartz/la- ... ous-island
Bratislava train station: http://soundcloud.com/fields-by-gruska/ ... -recording
Bainbridge-Seattle ferry: http://soundcloud.com/fchemotti/aeolian ... -the-ferry

I love listening to sounds that I wouldn't recognise (like this wind turbine recording). And, having said I don't like composition much yet, how can you not love this?



Oh and recordings of poetry on location. God. This is magnificent: https://soundcloud.com/longbarrow-press ... ea-changes

And don't even get me started on foghorns. <3

So yes. Anyone? :)

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Post by timahall » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:41 pm

For a few field recordings albums with an indie connection...

National Trust: The Album by Jarvis Cocker.
Nature sounds recorded at various NT sites by Jarv.

Orange Twin Field Works Volume I by Jeff Mangum
Neutral Milk Hotel singer recorded this at a Bulgarian folk festival or something.

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Post by boney » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:08 pm

That Chris Watson record is incredible. He did a wonderful radio thing a while ago, had some amazing pylon noises in it. And a great programme on Newcastle station. What a guy.

I really, really like Vanessa Rossetto at the moment. There's an album out on Kye. There's a fair amount of human voice on there (including her own), and some narrative and manipulation.


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Post by crystalball » Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:42 pm

Lovely things to discover. Thanks! Just finished work for a couple of weeks and I'm sitting on a bus and the rain is falling and my brain is buzzing and the afternoon is filled with conversations about the weather and I want someone to show up with recording equipment so that none of this gets lost.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:49 pm

This is going to be of interest to, well, no-one, but I've made a start on recording sounds. Usually about one minute's worth at a time. It's only on my phone at the moment, so nothing serious, but you can listen to some of it here, if you like: https://soundcloud.com/atomicbeatgirl

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Post by michael » Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:44 am

crystalball wrote:This is going to be of interest to, well, no-one, but I've made a start on recording sounds. Usually about one minute's worth at a time. It's only on my phone at the moment, so nothing serious, but you can listen to some of it here, if you like: https://soundcloud.com/atomicbeatgirl
Your Herne Hill recording is really quite Saint Etienne like I think. The feeling of it is very much the feeling of "London Belongs To Me" - "Close my eyes, breathe out slowly/Today the sunshine, loves me only" - and the birdsong and planes could be from the beginning of "Kiss And Make Up",



(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3QUjqKME7M)

Saint Etienne were (re)making a song rather than recording a particular piece of London of course, so the comparison's not exact, although perhaps their birdsong did come from a London location. I like to think that the sound at the beginning of "mario's cafe" was recorded in the actual Mario's Cafe.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:02 am

michael wrote:
crystalball wrote:This is going to be of interest to, well, no-one, but I've made a start on recording sounds. Usually about one minute's worth at a time. It's only on my phone at the moment, so nothing serious, but you can listen to some of it here, if you like: https://soundcloud.com/atomicbeatgirl
Your Herne Hill recording is really quite Saint Etienne like I think. The feeling of it is very much the feeling of "London Belongs To Me" - "Close my eyes, breathe out slowly/Today the sunshine, loves me only" - and the birdsong and planes could be from the beginning of "Kiss And Make Up"
That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me. Thanks for taking the time to listen! Did a lot of recording in the last month but I've yet to go through it all.
Saint Etienne were (re)making a song rather than recording a particular piece of London of course, so the comparison's not exact, although perhaps their birdsong did come from a London location. I like to think that the sound at the beginning of "mario's cafe" was recorded in the actual Mario's Cafe.
I've always wondered that, although I almost don't want to know.

Recently I've been immersed in the poetry of Mark Goodwin who does magical things with word and sound. His latest collection, Steps, comes with a CD of him reading his poetry against soundscapes he's recorded and edited himself or just live recordings on the M25 and stuff. I find this one particularly mesmerising: https://soundcloud.com/kramawoodgin/step-from-i

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Post by crystalball » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:56 pm

Oh God, this is astonishing: Can you hear the Arctic


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Post by michael » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:41 am

Thanks for mentioning Mark Goodwin. I'm going to give that a proper listen. I'd also like to hear any recordings he's done on the M25 and see where they were made. Reading "London Orbital" one of the ideas I especially liked was the way the edges of the city contained the places that people had wanted to hide away - asylums, disease hospitals and government research institutions, for example. By the time of "London Orbital" most of these are vanished or vanishing, sometimes turned into gated estates and corporate headquarters, but the motorway provides a way of getting into their histories.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:26 pm

You'll love Mark Goodwin's stuff, I think. But he hasn't recorded on the M25 - sorry, I was being lazy. It's actually the M1 near Leicestershire. But there are recordings of the M25 online and I'll try to find them to post here. Some of my favourite field recordings are those of human presence in otherwise abandoned edgelands. Magical.

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Post by Dan » Thu May 14, 2015 12:09 am

Aaron Dilloway raised over $5K for quake relief via online sales of Nepalese field recordings
As soon as news broke of the devastating earthquake in Nepal two weeks ago, Dilloway offered his epic box set of field recordings for sale online, with all the proceeds benefiting quake relief. As of yesterday, he posted that he's raised over $5,000 towards relief, just from sales of this one set. Today, news comes of a second earthquake in the region registering a 7.3, causing further devastation. Donate at least $15 and receive Dilloway's tracks via this link here.

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Post by graysonscolumn » Thu May 14, 2015 10:06 am

Somewhere up in the person cave I still have an audio cassette of field recordings of birdsong. This is what they played on Classic FM by way of a test transmission for a few months before the station launched for real in September 1992. Quite pretty.

There's loads of things here at the university library that I ought to record, including - bizarre at it might sound - the staff toilet at the top of Western Bank Library. When the wind's whipping around the building, some of the fixtures and fittings around there start to clank about really excitedly and almost rhythmically.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:58 pm

Think I posted about this on the London thread a bit ago but I was listening to this stuff again today and it's so crazy beautiful that I though someone on here might like it:

London Sound Survey: waterways
London Sound Survey: edgelands
London Sound Survey: estuary

My mind is going in about a million directions at the moment: got a portable recording device with some money my folks sent me for my birthday and I'm thinking of setting off to record stuff that might then make a poetry project I've had in my head happen. Don't let the fact that you don't know anything about recording or poetry stop you, eh. Oh God but I'm bursting with love right now.

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