At the Intersection: Music & Field Recordings

a closer listen

Metra LocomotiveRecent albums from Phil Edwards, Emile Milgrim & T. Wheeler Castillo and D Bayne exist at the intersection between performed sound and field recording.  Many artists turn to field recordings for texture, but in these works, the originals are honored in a manner that sets them apart from their peers.

As recently as a decade ago, the cache of popular field recording sources seemed small, restricted for the most part to children, birds and rain.  The best examples were found in the work of former generations: children in “Another Brick in the Wall, Part III,” birds in The Cure’s “Like Cockatoos,” rain in The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me”.  But over time, the use of such elements began to seem lazy, as these sounds were frequently chosen to flesh out the sound of thin compositions.  The ambient field was, and in many cases still is, particularly susceptible to clichéd uses of…

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