The goal of my ongoing ds106 field recording is to document and share the sound story of the city of Melbourne with ds106 radio listeners. I try to record the environment as succinctly and accurately as possible. I have recorded and shared the sound of my surroundings prior to ds106 radio, but I never provided the recording with a narration to give the listener context or an entry point to the sound. I regard any environment or space as source material. From the ordinary sound of suburban traffic, to the extraordinary sound of cicadas on a summer evening. Every environment or space has a story to tell and that’s what I am attempting to capture.
Listen to Field Recording 001 Sound of progress
Listen to Field Recording 002 Backyard Cicadas
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 003 Monash Freeway (Daytime)
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 004 Suburban Road
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 005 Dogs
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 006 Metro Glen Waverly Line
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 007 Crown Casino Ambience
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 008 Southbank
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 009 Eureka Tower
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 010 Fitzroy Gardens
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 011 Rain Umbrella Birds
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 011 Rain Bird Ambience (No narration)
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 012 Frogs After Rain
Listen to ds106 Field Recording 013 Box Hill Market
Each field recording features a short introduction about the environment to give the listener context. The style of my field recordings is inspired by David Attenborough, for his clear and concise explanations and Francisco Lopez, for his indifference to the meaning of sound and his dedication to sound as an object and Philip Samartzis for his astute field recording and deft audio processing skills.
I use a HTC – Desire Android phone installed with the Hi-Q MP3 Recorder (Lite) app to record each environment.
Further investigations into field recording could include attempts to associate fields recordings with location based tools such as Foursquare or Facebook’s Places. When you checkin to a location you’re able to listen to or record a sound of that location. But in the meantime, I’ll just include a link to the photo in my Flickr account in the ID3 tag of the mp3.