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Bringing together all elements of sound recording with particular reference to the natural world.
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Water Soundscape Composition Contest

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The European Acoustic Heritage recently invited recordists, composers and sound artists to submit works based around the theme of water. 10 finalists, out of 52 submissions, have been selected and members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite composition. The competition jury will also be selecting their top three winners, and together with the audience favourite, these compositions will form part of a touring exhibition that will travel through Finland, France, Belgium and Spain.

 

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David Toop - Making Sounds

Interesting short film with David Toop that looks at his continual fascination with sound, moving into the digital age and the genesis of the 'laptop orchestra'. Well worth watching.

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BBC Nature - Flying Blind

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A nice clip from Living Planet that looks at Oilbirds and their use of echolocation when navigating around dark caves.

 

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BBC Radio 4 - James and the Giant Eagle

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James and the Giant Eagle is another great radio documentary from the BBC Natural History Unit. James Aldred encounters one of the world's most powerful birds of prey, the harpy eagle. Recordings made by James Aldred on location are combined with interviews with ornithologist Ian Newton and field biologist, Marta Curti (who has spent many years working with Harpy Eagles with The Peregrine Fund) in a programme which explores the behaviour and ecology of Harpy Eagles and what happens when a female tries to protect her young.

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Testing Edison's Phonograph

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Public testing of the Edison Phonograph at the 1889 Paris Exposition

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Sperm Whales Dominica 2011

Sperm whales resting, echolocating and communicating off the island of Dominica, January 2011, filmed by Sally Bartel.

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Zimoun 2012 : Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo

Brilliant video showing sound artist Zimoun installing his latest piece of work at The São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound.

 

312 prepared dc-motors, cardboard boxes and hemp cords were used to create this piece.

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895138bb-4cfc-4d14-91cc-038ee1031dbe's comment, August 3, 2012 10:18 AM
really nice work!
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A Rivertones 7” from Caught by the River

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Here is a great little 7" vinyl from the good people at Caught by the River.

 

On the A side, Under Dubwood takes a seemingly incongruous mix - the words of Dylan Thomas, the voice of Richard Burton and the studio sounds of King Tubby – and makes a psychedelic skank that places Llareggub somewhere just outside downtown Kingston, JA. On the flip, River Theme is a Time and Space Machine reconstruction that brings wigged out garage rock to the bankside. 

 

you can listen to samples here - http://soundcloud.com/caughtbytheriver/sets/rivertones-1/

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Kinokophonography listening evening - 31st July 2012, Manchester

Kinokophonography listening evening - 31st July 2012, Manchester | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

Expect another great listening experience with the next Kinokophonography event on 31st July. Kinokophonography is an event for sharing sound recordings, exploring the experience of listening and discussing what these recordings and the process of making them can bring to life. So, if you happen to be in Manchester this would be a great way to spend an evening.

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Sounds of La Fête Nationale 2012 - Soundlandscapes

Sounds of La Fête Nationale 2012 - Soundlandscapes | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

On 14th July, France celebrated its National Day. Des Coulam of Soundlandscapes was there to capture the sounds of the most important day in the French annual calendar.

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Motorcycle Wall of Death | The London Sound Survey

Motorcycle Wall of Death | The London Sound Survey | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

A great recording from the London Sound Survey - the Motorcycle Wall of Death! This was one of the many attractions to be found at Carter's Steam Fair which recently pitched its tent in a south London park.

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Sound and Art: listening to Jan Davis’ “First Sighting, near Flooding Creek” - Sounds Like Noise

Sound and Art: listening to Jan Davis’ “First Sighting, near Flooding Creek” - Sounds Like Noise | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

In the 1840s a report concerning a white woman taken captive by an Aboriginal tribe in Gippsland, Victoria, circulated amongst the small colonial population. For years afterwards the story intensified, with the positioning of a single white female forcibly living with the local Aborigines justifying the colonial expansion in the area. Jan Davis’ “First sighting, near Flooding Creek” is part of a series which explores the story in exquisite detail. Jay-Dea Lopez from Sounds Like Noise creates an accompanying soundscape to this painting here.

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Silence trailer: Harvest Films and South Wind Blows

Silence is an upcoming feature from Harvest Films & South Wind Blows which focuses on a sound recordist revisiting Ireland after more than a decade to record the island's soundscapes.

 

Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, one that is bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind.

 

Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, Silence unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.

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DC Patterson's comment, July 29, 2012 6:49 PM
sounds and looks like a really great film - and I discovered you can rent it on-line at the following:

http://www.volta.ie/films/silence
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Listening to Travis Paterson’s “Land, ho!” and “Anchors Aweigh” - Sounds Like Noise

Listening to Travis Paterson’s “Land, ho!” and “Anchors Aweigh” - Sounds Like Noise | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

The work of printmaker Travis Paterson is the inspiration for the last composition in the Sound and Art series recently seen on the Sounds Like Noise blog. The accompanying sound piece follows the boy as he sails away from the known world, floating upwards into his own dreamscape. A modified recording of a ship’s bell drones throughout the piece as the sounds of rigging and a boat slicing through water fade in and out.

 

A fitting end to a great series of art-inspired sound pieces.

 

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HMV Model 32 Gramophone - British Library Sounds

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This attractive player, launched in 1927, was the last of HMV's open-horn gramophones. Costing a mere £9, the HMV Model 32 Gramophone offered the listener an affordable alternative to the complex internal horn models of the day that could easily fetch over £70. Visit British Library Sounds to see more images of this model along with other players and recording equipment from the Sound Archive's vast artefacts collection. 

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Ossenfeld (GERÖLLGERÄTE) - The Field Reporter

Ossenfeld (GERÖLLGERÄTE) - The Field Reporter | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

‘Ossenfeld’, from Christoph Petermann and Hardy Küster presents the listener with a 30 minute piece dedicated to the infinite sounds of stones. Visit The Field Reporter to read my review and find out more.

 

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Soundscape for G.W. Bot’s “Resurrection Glyphs – Midday”: Sounds Like Noise

Soundscape for G.W. Bot’s “Resurrection Glyphs – Midday”: Sounds Like Noise | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

The latest artwork to have a soundscape created especially for it comes from Australian printmaker G.W. Bot. Jay-Dea Lopez uses field recordings to create an accompanying soundscape that represents the aftermath of a bushfire.

 

 

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Kalaone Reef hydrophone recording

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From Nature Sounds of NZ comes this great hydrophone recording of the Kalaone seatrack.

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Songs of the Humpback Whale - Roger Payne

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The Field Reporter looks back at Roger Payne's 1970 LP 'Songs of the Humpback Whale', a milestone in the history of published wildlife sound recordings.

 

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British Library Public Lecture: Gramophones in Central Asia

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Wednesday 5th September 13:00-14:00

British Library

 

Between 1902 and 1917, the Gramophone Company of London sent several of their recording engineers on epic journeys across the southern regions of the Tsarist Russian Empire, where they recorded the various cultures and ethnic groups they encountered. What resulted was an intimate view of pre-Soviet life, from the Caucasus mountains to the deserts of Russian Turkestan, in the form of several thousand commercial gramophone discs.

 

The names of many of the recording artists have passed into legend in their home countries, and their influence continues to reverberate. Using extensive archive documentation from the UK and elsewhere, the British Library's Will Prentice will explore the hidden stories of the artists and recording engineers, and ask in what ways the recordings reflect the social history of the region.   

 

The event is free but booking is essential

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MOBILE SINFONIA - A project overview

A short documentary looking at Jem Finer's Mobile Sinfonia project. The following is taken from the project's website:

 

Mobile Sinfonia is an indeterminate musical composition scored for mobile phones. It is propagated through the free distribution of specially composed ringtones. Each Mobile Sinfonia ringtone is a ‘voice’ in the composition. Together they make a global orchestra of electronic instruments. The piece emerges through the occurrences and coincidental interactions of these sounds. The more people join in, the richer and more wide-spread the composition becomes.

 

To find out more, visit http://www.mobilesinfonia.net/

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Listening to Alexi Keywan’s “The Passenger no.6″ - Sounds Like Noise

Listening to Alexi Keywan’s “The Passenger no.6″ - Sounds Like Noise | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

Other art-inspired soundscape from Jay-Dea Lopez. This time he has chosen to create a composition for this urban print by artist Alexi Keywan. Pulsing rhythms, a helicopter drone in the distance, the sound of traffic floating in the air, and a crackling power-box as rain begins to fall.

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“Beyond the Grave” – Thursday 19th July @ Abney Cemetery | In The Dark

“Beyond the Grave” – Thursday 19th July @ Abney Cemetery | In The Dark | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

Why not join this ghostly gathering on Thursday 19th July at London's Abney Cemetery?

 

For one night only, In The Dark will take up residence in a derelict chapel set in the midst of the historical Abney Cemetery in Stoke Newington, for a night of stories told through sound.

 

Another great event planned by the people at In The Dark.

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Milton Garcés: Primordial sounds

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What sound does a tsunami make? An earthquake? The whole Earth? Milton Garcés studies infrasound, sound that is lower in frequency than the “normal” limit of human hearing. He shares some of his recordings of storms, earthquakes and tsunamis. Perhaps most astounding of all, he plays the vibration humming at the core of the entire planet.

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| touchradio.org.uk | Touch Radio |

| touchradio.org.uk | Touch Radio | | A World of Sound | Scoop.it

Touch Radio offers access to a range of programmes made exclusively by musicians, recordists and artists affiliated with Touch. The current collection contains 79 programmes spanning the past seven years and is full of wonders.

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