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June 15, 2013 12:47 AM Subscribe
MeFites to whom this level of appreciation applies: What are your favorite, most arresting, entrancing, or otherwise awe-inspiring [field / ambient / nature / soundscape] recordings? I'm looking for more to enrich my ever-increasing collection of otherworldly sounds that are very much of this world.
posted by mykescipark to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
...And by "ambient" I mean it in the literal sense. No synthesizers or studio-mediated sounds, please.
I particularly love natural drones, nautical sounds, the sounds of human inventions in natural environments, recordings which play upon one's depth perception or have a very location-aware sound about them (really putting the "field" in the recording).
To get started, here are some of my favorites:
Bill Fontana, Landscape Sculpture with Fog Horns, 1981
Bill Fontana - Ohrbrücke / Soundbridge (Köln - San Francisco), 1987
James Lipsky, The Kewaunee Foghorn, 1972
Stephen Barncard - Foghorns of the Golden Gate, 2011
Sally Scobey - Holland Harbor Light Fog Horn, Holland, MI 1970
Ritual and Religion in the Landscape
Justin Bennett, The Mosques of Tanger
Pepet Zintle - Ancient ritual at night at the slopes of the Ganges, Varanasi
Pepet Zintle - Muslim calls for prayer and insects in a Western Java Jungle area, Indonesia
Gene Flipse - Silver Bank Humpback Whale Chorus, February 12, 2013
Douglas Quin - Weddell Seals (Underwater)
Jean C. Roché - La baleine franche boréale 2
Josh Inport - Bearded seal trill in the Chukchi Sea, Alaskan Arctic
avfreq (Soundcloud user) - Thunderstorm T14b 11APR12
Ray Mansell - Thunderstorm, Monday, 25 June, 2012
Wind and Wires
Felix Blume, Aeolian Wind Harp Sounding in Elqui Valley of Chile, February 2012
Jurko Haituu, Singing Pipes at Åreskutan (hydrophonic recording)
Alan Lamb, Night Passage
Alan Lamb, Primal Image
Compilations & Miscellany
Bill Fontana, Field Recordings of Natural Sounds
R. Murray Schafer - The Vancouver Soundscape
I have also collected hundreds and hundreds of muezzin recordings from YouTube, SoundCloud, etc., so there are far too many of those to mention. But I always welcome more such recordings made for CD release (whether commercial, artistic, or anthropological in nature).
Your recommendations greatly appreciated!