The Art of Field Recording

A lot of the content I’ve linked to so far has dealt with the science of sound, soundscapes and the world of acoustic ecology. But there is a thriving international community of individuals who see the field recording as a kind of art. This makes sense. When choosing to record something, one makes a decisions about content, context and framing akin to those made in photography. Those who opt for sound over sight are phonographers.

Phonography.org provides a good introduction to the world of phonography. As well as profiling key phonographers (such as the brilliant, peerless, Chris Watson), the site provides links to key recordings and information about the gear necessary to make field recordings of your own. It’s a great starting point for all you would-be field recordists.

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