ACL 2023 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape
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by postrockcafe
2M ago
Some field recording artists travel to the ends of the earth to capture sounds many of us will never hear in person.  This year’s selection includes magma, ice and hydrophone recordings.  But field recording can be as simple as recording the sounds of one’s own backyard, twisting the dials on a hotel radio station or returning to a favorite town.  One artist listed below creates a soundscape of nature sounds out of real instruments. Whether the sounds are real or surreal, they reflect the nature of our site: to listen carefully to the music of the world, even when it isn’t label ..read more
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Gil Sansón ~ con richard (por la adversidad a las estrellas)
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by postrockcafe
2M ago
Note to recording artists: when you include a staffer’s name in the title of your release, someone is bound to notice and smile.  con richard (por la adversidad a las estrellas may have been written for another Richard, but I’d like to think that all Richards are in solidarity throughout the world.  Our name was once one of the most popular on the planet, but now we are a dying breed.  According to one site no Richards have been born in the U.S. in the past three years, compared to 58,862 in 1946.  But Gil Sansón remembers his NYC friend Richard Garet from th ..read more
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Ká ~ Pilgrims to the Kingdom of Heaven (Poutn​í​ci do Kr​á​lovství Nebesk​é​ho)
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by postrockcafe
2M ago
Pilgrims to the Kingdom of Heaven is an album about war and peace, past and present, fear and trust.  It is an album about faith, but it is also an act of faith.  The invasion of Ukraine has reopened young wounds and revived old anxieties in the Czech Republic, itself no stranger to russian aggression.  War and the specter of war loom large in Ká’s soundscape, primarily a set of field recordings, occasionally bordering on radio-play.  Harry Truman announces the surrender of Japan; the thread extends to today’s headlines. Where might one find peace in such a climate? &n ..read more
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Action Pyramid & Jack Greenhalgh ~ Mardle: Daily Rhythms of a Pond
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by postrockcafe
3M ago
Oceans, lakes and streams get all the glory, but Action Pyramid & Jack Greenhalgh are interested in ponds: specifically, the ways in which ponds offer their own take on the dawn and dusk chorus.  In Mardle: Daily Rhythms of a Pond, hydrophones capture sounds that are normally unheard, while amplifications expose surprisingly conversational plant life.  The disc comes with liner notes and a poster, which delve deeper into the subject of acoustic freshwater ecology. The album jumps right in, beginning on a loud note before recessing, like the shock of cold water on b ..read more
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Marja Ahti ~ Tender Membranes
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by jennifersmart58
3M ago
In a sign of what is to come, Marja Ahti’s album Tender Membranes begins with the striking of a bell, its decay manipulated and stretched to almost two minutes before it is abruptly cut off. The sound of rushing water emerges from the silence first, before another ascending sound of metal and some gentle radio static pans across the stereo space. Despite the ever-shifting combination of sounds, it’s all very still and quiet, in no hurry. And so it goes across the album’s four electro-acoustic compositions as Ahti plays with space, texture, and expectation. Her sonic palate is diverse— co ..read more
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Aki Onda ~ Transmissions From The Radio Midnight
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by Joseph Sannicandro
3M ago
After acquiring a portable tape recorder with a built-in radio in 2006, Aki Onda’s cassette memory archive gained a new category. Thereafter he made a ritual of listening to the radio late at night whenever he was traveling, capturing interesting moments on tape, especially those where he was able to receive multiple signals simultaneously. Transmissions From The Radio Midnight consists of two compositions, straightforwardly “Part I” and “Part II,” drawn from Onda’s favorite selections from this archive. As with his Cassette Memory series, Onda waited until he had amassed a wide enough colle ..read more
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Noel Meek & Mattin ~ Homage to Annea Lockwood
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by postrockcafe
6M ago
The delightfully snipped Bandcamp description reads, “Homage to Annea Lockwood is housed in a hand …”  Having met the artist, we believe that she would be amused by the image.  To our (only slight) disappointment, Noel Meek & Mattin‘s loving tribute is instead housed in a hand-numbered paperback book, filled with photos, a transcript of a Skype conversation, and an afterword by Lockwood herself.  The interview is embedded podcast-style in the opening track, while Lockwood’s words become song in the closing track. Who better to receive such a tribute?  The ..read more
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Natasha Barrett ~ Reconfiguring the Landscape
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by postrockcafe
6M ago
The last time we reviewed Norwegian soundscape artist Natasha Barrett, she was playing with ping-pong balls – a lot of ping-pong balls – on Heterotopia, which encouraged listeners to ponder the “otherness” of ordinary life: the sounds beneath the surface and the meaning beneath the sounds.  On Reconfiguring the Landscape, the artist places sound installations in outdoor areas, investigating the ways in which sound art “can evoke and provoke a new awareness of our outdoor sound environment.”  These recordings are adapted from those installations, and as such they invite ..read more
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Tom White ~ Medina Vibrations
A Closer Listen » Field Recording & Soundscape
by postrockcafe
6M ago
Medina Vibrations is a diverse collection of sound works that include an exhibition, an installation, a live piece and a studio work.  Together they paint a sonic picture of an active listener with an avid mind.  From field recordings to mystique concréte, Tom White never fails to fascinate. The tape’s full title is Medina Vibrations & Other Works, placing all the attention on the opening piece.  Just prior to lockdown, White’s housing block was covered with scaffolding, draped with “translucent white netting.”  The sounds of hammering, chirping and elect ..read more
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BMB con. ~ Μεσσήνη (Μαυρομμάτι)
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by petertracy
6M ago
Finally seeing the light of day this summer is a recording over two thousand years in the making. Recorded over the course of three days as part of the 2018 Tuned City festival in Μεσσήνη, Greece, BMB con.’s Μεσσήνη (Μαυρομμάτι) is a documentation of a series of performances, a record of the duo’s engagement with a specific place: the ancient city of Μεσσήνη (Messene). The city’s ruined amphitheater, crumbling walls, and surrounding mountains are the backdrop for an exploration of sound and space in which ancient architects become active and contemporary participants. Although the track list ..read more
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