The art of sound recording, outside of the studio.
What is Field Recording?
A field recording of a Country Garden
This is a short recording taken in an English country garden during summer.
The aim of field recording might be to capture a specific sound within a space (for example: the sound of a specific bird), or to capture the whole soundscape (for example: to capture a sense of place and the whole range of sound activity going on).
Field recording takes place ‘on location’, outside of the studio.
What does Field Recording give us?
The art of field recording can allow us to hear places that our ears can’t reach, or to hear sounds from a completely new perspective (just as we see new things by looking at a familiar object through a microscope or magnifying glass).
Simon making field recordings in a woodland.
There are many projects which map out and share field recordings across the world. We can use these to hear the sounds of other locations or even to hear what a certain location sounded like in the past.
Check out this project on the Isle of Dogs in London, and explore the sounds around the island. http://www.iodmusic.org/youarehear/
Chris Watson is famous for his work in Field Recording and has worked to record the sounds on many BBC nature programmes.