Posts Tagged ‘Field Recording’

The soundscape (Schafer)

Monday, April 1st, 2013

There’s this book from Murray Schafer, ‘The soundscape’.

Murray (born 18 July 1933) is a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concern for acoustic ecology, and his book The Tuning of the World (1977), of which I’ll talk now.

The book talks about our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live. Beginning with the primordial sounds of nature, we have experienced an ever-increasing complexity of our sonic surroundings. As civilization develops, new noises rise up around us: from the creaking wheel, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, and the distant chugging of steam trains to the “sound imperialism” of airports, city streets, and factories. The author contends that we now suffer from an overabundance of acoustic information and a proportionate diminishing of our ability to hear the nuances and subtleties of sound. Our task, he maintains, is to listen, analyze, and make distinctions.

Though sometimes a little hard to read for me in the morning, while travelling to office, the book has no waste. I’ve coined some of the most interesting pages and will share them here from now on under the category ‘The soundscape (Schafer)‘ (in english).
Refer to this category to read only entries about this great book.

I hope you enjoy with those, I did.

The book

Secret sound agent 007

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Sometimes when you hold a shotgun microphone you feel like a secret agent with a gun… waiting for the perfect sound to happen and shoot at it.

These are a few funny pics representing this feeling:




Shut up Speak now. I’m gonna kill record you.


And then I also made a story about a cop and a contrabass. haha

a cop and a contrabass

Christian Holl documentaries

Friday, January 20th, 2012

A french guy who makes music with a great percentage of it being recorded sounds and bits from the world.

Don’t find the way to watch them online but give it a try! They are nice documentaries.

An intro:

Nordic wolves + friends recordings

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Here’s some field recordings that caught my attention recently.
The recordist, while camped in nature at deep night, somewhere in Sweden, was bounded to live a magic experience.

His time-set comments:

0.00 – The wild boars where coming from the right and straight at the red deer bull in front of me, that still was in the same position close to the wolves. I looked at the wolves and they backed of into the forrest to avoid being seen by the wild boars and also to get into a high speed when they enter the field to attack the wild boars.

0.06 – wild boars

0.10 – Red deer bull

0.54 – Steps from wild boar getting closer to me and the deer

1.00 – wolves are attacking the wild boars in full speed and the wolves breath can be heard

1.02 – chaos when the wild boars meets the wolves and also the deer gets in the middle of it. They run around in a circle in front of me a couple of times

1.17 – They start to run away to the right of me.

1.26 – The red deer gets out of the mess and runs into the forrest. The hunt continues to the right of me

1.54 – I turn the mic to the right, pointing it in the direction of the wild boar heard and wolves, so I made a cut to remove this sound. From now on I make some sounds because the mic is really close to my face and i’m half sitting, half lying in an awkward position leaning on my right arm with the binocular in my left hand. The action made me forget about the recording as well…

2.01 – the wolves is trying to separate one wild boar from the heard

2.15 – Now they got one wild boar alone and he tries to get away from them

2.43 – wolves are attacking from two sides
no more comments until the end. Use your imagination.

6.22 – The end of the life for the wild boar…

Thanks to nordicnature for this!


An interview with Francisco López

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I was listening, while working at office, to this online interview to one of my most admired spanish artists, related to field recording and environmental listening: Francisco López.
He’d play in Troy, New York, on April 2011, and it’d have been a real pleasure to be there and see what he did on this performance called hyper-rainforest… 90 speakers were set!

Feel free to listen to his words about that performance and acousmatic and field recording stuff, as well as to visit his sites:

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Mounting stage:

And the Interview:

Very admirable for me! :)