The Uses and Abuses of Field Recording

The Uses and Abuses of Field Recording


9th June 2011, 3pm - 6pm

Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle

London College of Communication

CRiSAP's fifth research symposium, the Uses and Abuses of Field Recordings was a celebration of the beginning of a two year EU Cultural Partnership Project.

The event explored the role of field recording in artistic practice, inviting eight presenters who all use microphones in different ways and for different reasons, to capture something of the world around them: Viv Corringham, Peter Cusack, Felicity Ford, Michael Gallagher, Ruth Hawkins, Bill Thompson, Salomé Voegelin and Mark Peter Wright.

The presentations were delivered in the Pecha Kucha format, followed by 2 minutes of recorded sound.

The event concluded with tea, cakes and a concert featuring Viv Corringham (voice) and Peter Cusack (guitar, saz, samples & electronics):

Viv Corringham and Peter Cusack performed songs, mixed with improvisation, and soundscapes created from environmental recordings - all controlled live. Songs were from the Eastern Mediterranean area, including Greek rembetika and Turkish folk, others were self written. They were be joined by flute, shakuhachi and ney player Jan Hendrickse.


"Interesting, challenging stuff…" - Folk Roots

"ingeniously crafted settings… make for fascinating listening... unorthodox yet entirely persuasive arrangements" - Julian Cowley, The Wire 

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More Videos coming soon:

  • Felicity Ford
  • Ruth Hawkins  
  • Bill Thompson
  • Mark Peter Wright