[microsound-announce] [framework radio] #792: 2022.03.13
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Mon Mar 14 07:32:01 EDT 2022
phonography ::: field recording ::: the art of sound-hunting
open your ears and listen!
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this edition of framework:afield has been produced in the uk by kevin
winser. for more of his work, see https://infectedsenses.bandcamp.com/.
"This is a collection of field recordings all gathered on the same day,
Saturday, January the 9th, 2021 during a social lockdown in Exeter, UK,
due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was also my birthday, so there was
both personal and wider social context.
"Made as part of the field recording module on my MA in sound Art, The
recordings were made using the Zoom H2n, to WAV. I knew that I would be
most interested in spatial capture rather than isolated, so the device
setting was for a 2-channel surround (2.1) utilizing all five of the
microphone capsules. I had hoped to use and experiment with other
microphones, but access to Uni assets was prohibited for reasons of
geography and Covid-19 restrictions. This lockdown also meant a change
to my initial proposal of capturing sounds from a wider source in 'The
Third Place', such as restaurants and pubs. Much of the day's recording
was obviously to be within the relatively controlled environments of my
house, with the microphone placed within the given 'scene' of the
Bathroom, kitchen, or front room.
"The other external locations, in the local park, outside my house and
the Cornershop, were less controlled sound environments than the
interiors but as the nature of what I intended was to capture 'the
everyday' as it happened and not to make an industry-standard, sound
library as such, I was happy to place the microphone anywhere stable and
just let life happen around it.
"Having engaged with 'The Sounds of the pandemic' an International
online conference organised by the University of Florence in December
2020, I knew I wanted to go to the city high street to capture what I
thought would be the relative 'sound of silence' there, compared to a
non-lockdown situation. I decided to walk the length of two streets with
the mic handheld, although in retrospect, I now think I ought to have
decided on a single location for it.
"It offers a chronology of recordings that I think, operates within and
intersects various 'field recording' schools of thought, sub-genres,
debates, and concerns. Soundscape, sound walks, A sense of place,
'boring', everyday sounds and casual conversation, audio diary, informal
storytelling, self-reflexive narrative, and (micro)social history and
"I was aware of the requirement to produce, technically acceptable
recordings within the context of this module and within the traditional
phonographic practice of the objective or 'Neutral' field recording and
sound capture principles of acoustic ecology but also given my
background in a radio broadcast, oral history, and Heritage projects and
informed by certain fields of thought within my first degree of Cultural
Studies, I wanted to include some element of storytelling and documentary.
"Drever considers field recording as originating not only from the work
of pioneers of the 1960s such as the World Soundscape Project, Luc
Ferrari, and Bernie Krause but also from much earlier precedents.
Phonographers and sound archivists such as Ludwig Koch, Humphrey
Jennings and the GPO Film Unit.
"Another influence I was aware of was from the sound walks of Hildegard
Westerkamp, where she places herself within the sonic landscape with
spoken and ‘self-reflective narrative’ to create an ‘autotopographic’
sound work about her relationship with the environment. Westerkamp’s
narrative is overdubbed in the studio, and as is mine is contained
within the recordings where speech events happen and also a la Westerkamp.
"The third influence was from the more recent, Sound Diaries project by
The Sonic Arts Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University. The project
explores what it means to record life in sound as Auditory archaeology
and to acknowledge the 'boring' and mundane as potential sonic time
“It's always exciting to hear someone documenting their daily lives in
sound - and rarer than you might think given the technologies that we
now have so readily available.”
-kevin winser, 2022.02
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recordings, field recording based composition, or introduction
submissions. we are also now accepting proposals for full editions of
our guest curated framework:afield series. send proposals or material,
released or not, on any format, to the address at the bottom of this
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framework intro submissions:
1) take yourself and an audio recorder to a location of your choice
2) record for AT LEAST 1 minute before you -
3) read aloud the following text (in english or translated):
welcome to framework. framework is a show consecrated to
field-recording, and its use in composition. field-recording,
phonography, the art of sound hunting; open your ears and listen!
4) continue recording for AT LEAST 2 minutes after the text
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recording to us on any format, or send us an mp3
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