In the Field, a two day symposium exploring the art and craft of field recording at the British Library, 15-16 February 2013

A two day symposium to open up and explore the practice, art and craft of field recording through a series of panel presentations, listenings and screenings. Starting from the early days of field recording the symposium aims to relate the multitude of contemporary field recording practices to their historical precedents and investigate issues in contemporary practices. These include: How field recordings are distributed to and heard by an audience; Recording the unheard; Mapping the urban; and questioning the extended nature of the field in a digital networked landscape.

Presenters include:
Chris Watson, Christina Kubisch, Jana Winderen, Peter Cusack, Ximena Alarcón, Joeri Bruyninckx, Angus Carlyle, Des Coulam, Simon Elliott, Felicity Ford, Helen Frosi (Sound fjord), Cathy Lane, Ici-Même, Zoe Irvine, Udo Noll – Radio Aporee, Francesca Panetta, Nye Parry, Cheryl Tipp, Davide Tidoni, David Vélez, Salome Voegelin, Claudia Wegener, and Mark Peter Wright.

The symposium is a collaboration between CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice) and the British Library and part of the Sounds of Europe Project.

The symposium will also celebrate the publication of two new books On Listening and In the Field.

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Tickets including entry to Friday evening book launch :
2 days £25 / £15, 1 day £15 /£10

Notes to Editors

For more information or for press pass please contact Joel Cahen on 020 7514 6617.


In the Field, conversations with Manuela Barile, Angus Carlyle, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Viv Corringham, Peter Cusack, Steven Feld, Felicity Ford, Jez Riley French, Antye Greie, Christina Kubisch, Cathy Lane, Francisco López, Annea Lockwood, Andrea Polli, Ian Rawes, Lasse-Marc Riek, Hiroki Sasajima, Davide Tidoni, Hildegard Westerkamp and Jana Winderen.

This is a collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work. These conversations explore the fundamental issues that underlie the development of field recording as the core of their practice. Recurring themes include early motivations, aesthetic preferences, the audible presence of the recordist and the nature of the field.

In The Field is published by Uniform Books

On Listening is a unique collection of forty multi-disciplinary perspectives drawn from anthropology, bioacoustics, geography, literature, community activism, sociology, religion, philosophy, art history, conflict mediation and the sonic arts including music, ethnomusicology and field recording. These specially commissioned contributions explore the many ways in which skilled listening can mediate new relationships with our physical environment and the people and other species that we share it with.

With contributions from:
Niall Atkinson, Kenneth Avery, Jean de Dieu Basabose, Ansuman Biswas, Ross Brown, Seth Ayyaz Bhunnoo, Daniela Cascella, Jessica Cawley, Michael Chanan, Rupert Cox, Peter Cusack, John Eacott, Michael Gallagher, David Hendy, Penny McCall Howard, Jérôme Joy, Volkmar Klien, Meri Kytö, Bradon LaBelle, Lisbeth A. Lipari, Francisco López, Sarha Moore, Moushumi Bhowmik and Sukanta Majumdar, Mark Peter Wright, Polly Nash, Gianni Pavan, David Rothenberg, Steve Rowell, Barry Blesser and Linda Salter, Dawn Scarfe, Diana Corley Schnapp, Daniel Smith, Peter Szendy, Jean-Paul Thibaud, Davide Tidoni, David Toop, Nicola Triscott, Ultra-red, Salomé Voegelin, and Andrew Whitehouse.

On Listening is a RGAP / CRiSAP publication

CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice)
A University of the Arts London research centre dedicated to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic practice. Its primary aim is to extend the development of the emerging disciplinary field of sound arts and to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in which sound arts is practised. The research conducted by members of CRiSAP has contributed towards the development of sound art and design as an emerging area of academic study and creative practice.

Sounds of Europe
A project that acknowledges and follows the increase of field recording activity in music, art and sciences in recent years. Our aim is to draw up an overall picture of the many different ways of using field recordings, and to explore their signification and effect. The project has been initiated by Q-O2 (workspace for experimental music and sound art/ Brussels), MTG (Music Technology Group/University Barcelona) / Sons de Barcelona, IRZU (Institute for Sonic Arts Research/Ljubljana) and CRISAP. Sounds of Europe has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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