In the Field (Symposium)

In the Field


15 - 16 Feb 2013

Curated by Cathy Lane, Angus Carlyle and Cheryl Tipp

A collaboration between CRiSAP and the British Library as part of the Sounds of Europe Project, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

An international symposium for field recording that explored the practice, art and craft of field recording through a series of panel presentations, listenings and screenings.

The symposium aimed to relate the multitude of contemporary field recording practices to their historical precedents, while investigating issues in contemporary practices such as how field recordings are distributed to and heard by an audience, recording the unheard, mapping the urban field as well as questioning the extended nature of the field in a digital networked landscape.

Presenters included: Ximena Alarcón, Joeri Bruyninckx, Angus Carlyle, Daniela Cascella, Des Coulam, Peter Cusack, Simon Elliott, Felicity Ford, Helen Frosi (SoundFjord), Zoe Irvine, Christina Kubisch, Cathy Lane, Udo Noll, Francesca Panetta, Nye Parry, Davide Tidoni, Cheryl Tipp, David Vélez, Salomé Voegelin, Chris Watson, Claudia Wegener, Jana Winderen, Mark Peter Wright.

The symposium also celebrated the publication of a new book In the Field, edited by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle.


“The “In the Field” symposium did an important job in introducing many of the diverse conceptual and philosophical frameworks being created around practices of listening, recording, thinking, and making.” - The Domestic Soundscape


A Symposium Report by La Cosa Preziosa at the World Listening Project -


A symposium report from Sonic Agents 

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Culture programme


Panel One: Origins of Field Recording.

Chair, Cheryl Tipp. Intro + Joeri Bryninckx, Felicity Ford, Simon Elliott, Panel Q&A.

Curated Session One:

Cheryl Tipp - Audio Treasures of the British Library

Panel Two: Public Life of Recording.

Chair, Cathy Lane. Intro + Claudia Wegener, Chris Watson, David Velez, Panel Q&A.

Curated Session Two:

Mark Peter Wright - Stretching the Field.

Panel Three: Recording the Urban Field.

Chair, Daniela Cascella. Intro + Peter Cusack, Des Coulam, Salomé Voegelin, Panel Q&A.

Curated Session Three:

Helen Frosi, SoundFjord - Retracings: common gestures, collective soundings, and shared emotions SoundFjord_programme

Panel Four: Hearing the Unheard / Seeing the Unseen.

Chair, Angus Carlyle. Intro + Christina Kubisch, Jana Winderen, Davide Tidoni, Panel Q&A.

Panel Five: Collective Fields, Virtual Fields, Mediatised Fields.

Chair, Nye Parry. Ximena Alarcón, Zoe Irvine, Udo Noll, Francesca Panetta, Panel Q&A.

Cathy Lane speaking at In The Field sympoisum
Seated audience
Angus speaking at In The Field sympoisum