Filed Recordings – Miking the World

Filed Recordings – Miking the World

“Listen to your world. It may be more interesting than all the things you buy to escape from it.” American writer Sasha Frere-Jones’ observation from 1999 comes 30 years after composer R. Murray Schafer introduced the term acoustic ecology, thus shaping the awareness for the musicality of soundscapes. This 46-minute program proves Frere-Jones right – with recordings by Alejandra & Aeron, Bill Fontana, Chris Watson, Félix Blume, and others, made between 1958 and 2018.

Featured cover art: Jean C. Roché – Birds of Venezuela

Paul Bowles – Wind

playing with a musical sound (1958, Dom America)

Geir Jenssen – Cho Oyu Basecamp: Morning

audio diary of climbing the Eight-thousander Cho Oyu in Tibet (2006, Ash International)

BJNilsen – Rough Grazing

exploring acoustic environments in Gran Paradiso’s alpine landscape (2015, Editions Mego)

Justin Bennett – The Mosques of Tanger (exc.)

high up on a rooftop in the early morning, calls from many different mosques mix and resonate as they cross the city (1994, Staalplaat)

Chris Watson – Cassarina

echoing voices shouting by the seaside (2002, Touch)

Jean C. Roché – Ocumare (exc.)

fascinated by the unusual musical volume he encountered in Venezuela, ornithologist Jean C. Roché sets out to record the country’s birds (1972, Sub Rosa)

Paul Williams – Top Fuel

action during the hot-rod drag car racing meet on England’s Santa Pod Raceway (1999, Ash International)

Alejandra & Aeron – Anguiano Bells

calling the village for the Danza de los Zancos during the annual Fiesta de la Magdalena in Anguiano/La Rioja (2001, Lucky Kitchen)

Félix Blume – Piano and Screaming

from an audio documentary depicting funerals and burials in Port au Prince on the Caribbean island of Haiti (2016, Discrepant)

Bill Fontana – Waves Breaking on Rocks Along the Northeast Australian Coast

field recording as an art in itself, analogous in many ways to photography (1983, Sierra Club)

Eckart Rahn – Pachinko In Your Head (exc.)

imaginary rhythms emerging from the interfering sounds of about 1,000 pinball machines at Aladdin Pachinko Parlour, Shinjuku, Tokyo (1998, Blue Rahn Studio)

* four of the 11 tracks are not on Spotify

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