Episode 4: Habitats
There was always an enjoyment of listening at micro-levels.
recordings of fences are, now, an increasingly common part of
‘field recording’, which means one has to think again about
whether material is being collected or something is being
experienced (often those two things are very different). the first
extract in this piece was recorded in northumbria, at the edge of
a small wood, whilst engrossed in a coming rain shower and using
‘score for listening #79’ (from a series of photographic scores
published as ‘the rain doesn’t bother us’). the second was
recorded inside a hedge; a way for me to get nearer to the less
tranquil sonic reality for the birds and other species within it.
Listening is more than hearing. It’s about letting sounds in and
that requires a letting go of control, and a recognition (for
artist, recordist, audience) of the intuitive response being a
natural part of our species.
nb. headphone listening or via audio speakers is recommended as
some of the frequencies are inaudible via computer speakers