The second volume of the Phonography Compendium celebrates Green Field Recordings by showcasing four of the field recorders: Alexei Biryukoff, Emanuele Costantini, François-Emmanuel Fodéré, and MZ-N710. In this volume, together they take us from Siberia to Italy, France, and finally to India.
Green Field Recordings is a Portuguese netlabel "focusing mainly in pure field recordings". All artists who use sound field recording as the compositional basis of their works, regardless of their musical style and aesthetics, are welcome. The netlabel gives preference to natural unadulterated field recordings.
Featured here are six tracks recorded by Siberian visual artist Alexei Biryukoff in his album Talmenka. The release is accompanied by a packet of his photographs of the region. Biryukoff, who also releases audio as Muhmood, writes, "Talmenka is the name of the river in Altai Region and a village that stands on it. It's been a very inspiring place for me, surrounded by the woods, lakes and two rivers. So here is a bunch of tracks i recorded on my several trips there, i wanted to share a few local frequencies that are more like a sound diary of last summer."
Next in the showcase is Italian sound engineer Emanuele Costantini with four tracks from his Diario Seveso featuring crisp natural and industrial sounds of Milan. Costantini says, "I am an Italian sound artist, engineer and designer actually living in London (UK). I'm continuously involved in exploring and pushing the boundaries of microphone applications and use. Not a big fan of processing and manipulation, I'm convinced that any sound is already existing in nature and is just a matter of finding it and using the right microphone to get it."
We travel next to a countryside of France with French field recorder MZ-N710 who writes, "I started recording sounds five years ago in Auvergne, a place in France where I go on holidays since I was seven. In the mountains, more than a thousand meters high, the sounds of nature are very pure, without disturbances from man activities. I began there, and then recorded near the place where I live, a small town which is much more noisy ! And so on, in different areas, such as forests, near rivers, and by the sea... When you have caught the virus you can't stop."
The showcase concludes with an excerpt of a recording made in Hampi, a village in northern Karnataka, India, by François-Emmanuel Fodéré from France. He feels that "the mixture of human and natural sounds has always been regarded as a desecration," and manages to capture both well.
To hear the recordings in their entirety as well as years of other releases, visit Green Field Recordings.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Phonography Compendium is a series of 10 showcases of field recording organizations compiled and presented by Oddio Overplay for the Free Music Archive.