'The Clipped Wing' is the most recent offering from JD Lopez's Listening to Art series. Inspired by Lionel Lindsay's 1931 wood-engraving of the same name, this composition imagines the acoustic surroundings of the artwork's main subject, a lone Raven.
"A dark wind blows through the leaves of the tree, ravens are heard flying in the distance prompting an occasional croak from the raven in the foreground."
From the songs of children's games in playgrounds across Europe to Bayaka women's songs that enter people's dreams in the rainforests of the Central African Republic, the recently launched 'Reel to Real' website offers an introduction to the several thousand hours of archival sounds held at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. It also includes information about the field recordists, their related collections, and a host of other resources such as films and the work of contemporary sound artists associated with the project.
Chris Whitehead gives his thoughts on 53:30, the new field recording release from MECHA / ORGA (aka Greek sound artist Yiorgis Sakellariou) which was recently released on Tony Whitehead's new record label Very Quiet.
A new collection of Kenyan bird recordings has been added to the Environment & Nature section of British Library Sounds. This collection covers the earliest recordings made by Kenyan-based ornithologist and sound recordist A.R. Gregory, who bequeathed his tapes to the Library in 1995. The Gregory archive is vast, comprising more than 4000 recordings made across Kenya from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. More material will be added over the coming months until eventually the entire collection will be online and accessible to anybody who would like to explore this impressive resource.
Earlier this year, netlabel Impulsive Habitat released a new phonographic work from Miguel Isaza and Darren McClure. The two recordists created a sound work that linked their respective cities of Medellín, Colombia and Matsumoto, Japan. The final piece uses a number of field recordings to create a sound montage that allows the two locations to sonically co-exist and complement each other.
In 1938, wildlife sound recordist Ludwig Koch collaborated with Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother of the Belgians, on a recording project that brought together the songs & calls of 25 birds commonly found across Belgium. Listen to one of these recordings and read an excerpt from Koch's autobiography on the Sound Recordings blog.
Finding compositional inspiration in the sounds of nature - this work from JD Lopez at Sounds Like Noise has its roots in the vocalisations of the Scarlet Honeyeater. Listen to the composed piece and compare with the short field recording from which it evolved.
'30 Minutes of Listening' is an upcoming exhibition curated by Mark Peter Wright at the IMT Gallery in Hackney. Running from 2nd November - 2nd December, the works presented draw specific inspiration and focus from the area South Gare: a designated site of special scientific interest in Redcar in northeastern England. Taking one 30-minute period of listening in South Gare as its point of departure, the exhibition proposes possible ways of experiencing time and space in relation to this singular moment. Through film, sound, photography, objects and text, Wright examines the dialectical nature of listening and its potential to transgress both physical and mental territories of place and self.
Des Coulam (soundlandscapes) has been steadily recording and archiving the contemporary sounds in each of the twenty surviving nineteenth-century passage couverts in Paris. Here he presents us with the sights and sounds of the Passage Choiseul.
A link to this wonderful short film just arrived in my inbox and I had to share. It documents the use of Bayaka music and natural sounds from the Central African Republic in a torchlit musical trail through the galleries of the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Researchers have discovered that female Superb Fairy-wrens teach their unhatched offspring a specific food begging call that will ensure they are fed as nestlings. This preparation allows the parents to distinguish between their own offspring and those of the two parasitic cuckoo species that reguarly plant their eggs in fairy-wren nests.
I always look forward to the natural history blog posts on Sounds Like Noise. A combination of engaging text, beautiful images and brilliant audio clips, these posts allow us to experience the sounds of Australia's wildlife and natural spaces, wherever we are in the world. This latest post looks at the annual migration of cuckoo species who travel from Indonesia to the sub-tropical areas of Australia in order to breed.
Following on from his previous blog post looking at the 21st century sounds of Emile Zola's novel 'L'assommoir', Des Coulam returns to the setting of another of Zola's novels - 'Au Bonheur des Dames'. Find out more about the history and modern day sounds of one of Paris' oldest department stores, Au Bon Marche.
Erik DeLuca's 2010 publication [in] presents a series of hydrophone recordings that encompass a variety of underwater sounds. Aside from the expected sounds of tiny crustaceans, fish & marine mammals, this selection also makes a political point by highlighting the everincreasing presence of noise pollution in our seas and oceans. Read the full review on The Field Reporter.