A Breath of Fresh Air: Making music with field recordings

With Jana Winderen, Kyoka and Native Instrument.

From the musique concrète movement of the 1940s to ethnomusicological recordings, environmental documentaries, and the presentation of natural soundscapes as music, the term field recording covers a lot of ground and has generated its fair share of debate. What ties these elements together is the sense that there are different ways of listening and capturing the sounds of the world.

As music technology has made it easier than ever to record and use any sound, how do artists today navigate the various aesthetic, political and social considerations of making music with field recordings? In this discussion, Jana Winderen, Kyoka and Native Instrument compare their very different approaches and use audio examples from their work to demonstrate how raw field recordings can become elements of both sound design and composition.