Archive for the ‘Phonography’ Category

R&D – São Miguel Field Recordings

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

I’ve uploaded some of the field recordings I made on São Miguel island during my R&D trip in April 2017. There’s a variety of recordings made with the Ambeo VR ambisonic microphone including birds and frogs from some of the many calderas on the island and some urban recordings from Ponta Delgada.

You can listen to the recordings on the R&D São Miguel Field Recordings page.

R&D Update

Monday, November 27th, 2017

I’ve finally got around to writing up some of my research for my Invisible Places 2017 R&D project.

In April 2017 I traveled to São Miguel island in the Azores to attend the Invisible Places international conference. As SOUNDkitchen, Annie Mahtani and I devised and led a soundwalk for conference delegates in Ponta Delgada. We’ve written an account of the walk for the conference proceedings which you can read on the R&D SOUNDkitchen SOUNDwalk: Ponta Delgada page along with further information about our soundwalking practice. There’s also a montage of field recordings that features examples of the soundscape we encountered in the town and across the island.

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I’ve also posted a detailed overview of the field recording kit I took on the trip. In addition to creating the soundwalk and attending the conference I spent several days field recording across the island. This was a perfect opportunity to develop my multichannel field recording practice working with some new equipment. I’ll be posting descriptions of the techniques I used and examples of the recordings I made soon. In the meantime you can read about the Zoom F4 multitrack recorder and the Ambeo VR microphone that I used to make ambisonic recordings on the R&D – Field Recording page.

SOUNDkitchen SOUNDwalk: Ponta Delgada

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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I’ve just returned from a trip to São Miguel island in the Azores where I devised and led a soundwalk as part of Invisible Places 2017. I worked with Annie Mahtani to create the walk under the SOUNDkitchen banner. We’ve documented the walk on the SOUNDkitchen website so if you’d like to read more click here.

This trip forms part of an ongoing research and development project and I also spent several days making field recordings around the island. I’ll be posting more about my work on the island soon but in the meantime why not enjoy this edited mix of sounds encountered on our SOUNDwalk in Ponta Delgada:

framework radio Broadcast

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

framework radio #424: 2013.06.09

phonography ::: field recording ::: the art of sound-hunting ::: open your ears and listen

Some field recordings from my recent Gruenrekorder release ‘Sacred & Profane’ have been included in the next edition of framework radio #424. The first broadcast is on Sunday 9th June 2013 on Resonance FM and is repeated on various independent radio stations around the world for the rest of the following week:

You can also listen to the broadcast on the Framework Radio web stream for the week or find it in their archives.

framework is consecrated to field recording and it’s use in composition, and began broadcasting in 2002 at a time when a new community of sound artists with a special interest in found sound was developing, a community spread across the world that, thanks to the internet, was no longer limited to a specific geography. framework sees itself as an outlet for this ever-growing and developing community, a folk-tool in a new folk movement, a community driven exchange point for creators and listeners alike.

NAISA – Deep Wireless Festival – May 2013

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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My soundscape composition  ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs‘ was selected for inclusion in the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art. Presented by New Adventures In Sound Art based in Toronto, the festival is a month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including performances, installations, radio broadcasts and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium.

The work is composed of field recordings from the Annapurna region in Nepal collected in 2007.

For the month of May my work is included in a curated selection of music and sound art on the theme of ‘sonic geography’.  The playlist is available on the NAISA soundcloud page featured below and will also be broadcast on their 24 hr webcast. Programme details are available here.

 

Sacred & Profane – Gruenrekorder GrDl 123

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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I’m very pleased to announce that ‘Sacred & Profane’, my first solo release of field recordings, will be available on the Gruenrekorder label from 1st March 2013 as a digital download.

The recordings in this collection span several years and several countries. They are essentially documents of my travels as a tourist with a microphone. Each soundscape was recorded in a sacred place, or captures the sound of a sacred ritual. This notion of sacred sounds was the initial thematic concept for the collection. However, while selecting and preparing the material I became more aware of the secular sounds that are present alongside the religious sounds I originally set out to record – the profane. These commonplace, usually quieter sounds have a powerful ability to frame, contextualise and ground the listener, drawing one back from the spiritual and abstract, to the concrete.

To purchase a copy please visit the Gruenrekorder website.

Sonorities Festival 2013 – Belfast

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

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My soundscape composition  ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs‘ has been selected for the Sonorities Festival 2013 and will be presented in a concert at the amazing Sonic Lab in the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University, Belfast on 25.04.13.

The five-day contemporary music festival has a packed programme of performances and includes a one-day symposium on the theme ‘Beyond Soundscape’ which will investigate the various critiques and narratives of the notion of soundscape which have emerged since the term’s inception by R. Murray Schafer and other members of the World Soundscape Project in Canada in the 1960s.

The Kingdom of Fife

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I am originally from Kirkcaldy, a town in Fife on the East coast of Scotland. I get home to visit now and again and often take a drive or walk up the coast towards the East Neuk and St Andrews – usually with some recording gear. The landscape is mostly rural, arable land with my interest drawn to the coastline, probably due to living in landlocked Birmingham. Beautiful views out across the Firth of Forth to Inchkieth, the Bass Rock, the May Isle and East Lothian beyond change to the open expanse of the North sea as you round the point at Crail.  The once thriving fishing villages are more often busy with visitors during the tourist season, attracted by their picturesque harbours, cottages and beaches. The old mining towns and industrial docklands I’m sure don’t get much of a look in.

I’ve started uploading a selection of field recordings from these visits to soundcloud. More will no doubt follow.

 

Urban Wildlife

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Here are another couple of field recordings that capture the sounds of wildlife in an urban, Birmingham garden.

The first is a recording of a flock of starlings that happend to roost for a short time on the roof of my house. The sliding melodic songs are echoed briefly amongst the traffic by an ice cream van and a siren. They departed as swiftly as they arrived.

Starlings on rooftop

This second recording is the delicate sound of worms and woodlice working their way through my compost bin. It was recorded using hydrophones submerged under the surface of the compost.

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Rhodia Alarm Test, Langley

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Rhodia, a division of Solvay,  is a large chemical manufacturing plant in the small community of Langley, West Midlands.  Every year they test the off-site alarm, intended to warn local residents of potential danger resulting from problems at the plant such as chlorine gas leaks.

On 9th August at 12.00pm I managed to make two recordings of the alarm which sounds very similar to an air raid siren. The first was from just outside the factory gate, made with two small omnis hung out of my car window.

Langley Siren 1

The second was made with a stereo microphone from Langley park, about half a mile away.

Langley Siren 2

(Thanks to Annie Mahtani for the insider info!)