In The Field: The Art of Field Recording (Publication)

In The Field: The Art of Field Recording



By Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle

Published by and available to buy from Uniform Books

This is a collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work. These conversations explore the fundamental issues that underlie the development of field recording as the core of their practice. Recurring themes include early motivations, aesthetic preferences, the audible presence of the recordist and the nature of the field.

Conversations with: Manuela Barile, Angus Carlyle, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Viv Corringham, Peter Cusack, Steven Feld, Felicity Ford, Jez Riley French, Antye Greie, Christina Kubisch, Cathy Lane, Francisco López, Annea Lockwood, Andrea Polli, Ian Rawes, Lasse-Marc Riek, Hiroki Sasajima, Davide Tidoni, Hildegard Westerkamp and Jana Winderen.



“Although the art world’s slow embrace of sound art has wrapped its arms around the dotty excentrism of Susan Philipsz and the slick, hi-fi minimalism of Carsten Nicolai, field recording has so far been left out of the huddle. Curiously, as a discipline that demands stillness, solitude, and close listening, the fact field recording is at odds with the accelerated spirit of our modern age might mean its best placed to reflect on it. In The Field provides an insight into the back-stories and motivations of the artists most likely to fulfill that potential.” ArtReview 

“This new volume brings together a constellation of practitioners ‘in the field’, centring their practice on sound, but veering out into diverse sonic realms: sound art releases and installations; psycho-geographic mapping; environmental education projects; and anthropological investigations. The interviewees – artists, academics, geographers, and anthropologists – describe their practice in idiosyncratic, personal terms, emphasising the individual personality and use of their recordings.” “Field recordings weave their way through these liminal spaces between document and artwork; between the real and the imagined; the authentic and the faked. Recorded sound takes flight in numerous ways, and this book is a fantastic place to discover your own sonic niche ‘in the field’.” - Caught by The River 

“This book is good reading. The upshot is good listening.” Leonardo Music Journal 

“On listening was a persuasive introduction to a subject” - Landscape and Arts Journal 

Other Reviews

  • The Field Reporter
  • Record Collector Jul 2013 issue
  • Blow Up Magazine

The symposium ‘In the Field’ celebrating this book and extending the discussion on field recording, was held in 2013 at the British Library.


A book launch for In the Field was held in 2013 at London College of Communication.


In the Field cover


ISBN 978 0 9568559 6 1
240pp, 234 x 142
sewn paperback with flaps
Available to buy from Uniformbooks

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