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

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