Archive for December, 2010

Audio Media 2010 Top 5

December 30, 2010

2010 also was the year where more musical inspiration and ideas came to me through on-line media then ever before. Probably why I have six entries in the top 5. Some of the entries are on-the-air radio stations with internet presence, others are streaming media only. And it’s not just audio either. In my view important curatorial work and sustained effort is done here:

Framework Radio; run by Patrick McGinley and broadcast on-line on Resonance 104.4 FM. Dedicated to phonography, field recording and it’s use in composition,

Fluid Radio; true internet radio for experimental acoustic and vocal work,

Klara;; the Brussels, Belgium based radio station’s Mixtuur show airs and streams live Monday though Thursday. Arnold Schönberg to Max Richter and everything in between and on the side,

Mixcloud;; while very diverse in broadcast categories has selections brought together by Taylor Deupree, Seaworthy and Matt Rösner, Celer, … and check out Mary Ann Hobbs,

Take Away Shows;; music video documentaries from all over produced and directed by Vincent Moon (and others). A minimal approach brings out the love for the artists and the artists’ passion for their music,

Touch Radio; published by Touch at regular intervals always comes up with creative work in areas such as field recording, sound installations and performances. New and unexpected with every issue.

Field Recording 2010 Top 10

December 11, 2010

2010 has been a year with amazing field recording work hitting my radar screen. So much so I decided to compile a top 10 of the year with the work that has made the most impression on me or influenced me to considerable extent.

Not all of the work listed was published in 2010. And not all of the work are albums or CD releases. Field recording artists use Bandcamp and Soundcloud as much as any other artist. Perhaps even these media are more important to sound artists compared to others to get their work the exposure it deserves.

My selection is not exclusively ‘field recording’. Some of the releases are musical compositions that take field recordings as their building blocks. All of the releases I feel are explorations in sound.

Jana Winderen, Energy Field, Touch
Seattle Phonographers Union, Seattle Phonographers Union,  and/OAR
Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and others, Sleppet, +3dB Records
Francisco Lopèz and others, Dérives, Universinternational
Seaworthy & Matt Rösner, Two Lakes, 12k
Richard Ranft, Rainforest Requiem, British Library Sound Archive
Solo Andata, Ritual, Desire Path Recordings
Mark Brennan, wildearthvoices,
Louis Antero, Sound Narratives vol. 3, mimi
Surround2011, Zushi Sound