mat martin | Field Recordings
Field recordings are made irregularly and without any real agenda at present. I am interested in the idea of collecting ambient sounds from places I have been much like photographs. I am also interested in the idea of a variety of "silences" brought together in one place.
All recordings are made using the built-in mic on an iPhone and are an average length of +/- 30". They are presented with location and date and represent simply a slice of the natural ambient sound at these places on these days.
River Lune, October 16 2016
Sunday morning birdwatching walk with Edward, having spotted goosander, greylag and bean goose, goldeneye and grey wagtail. Water movement in the shallows on an autumn morning. My old friend reminded me that John Cage had described this sound as “applause with gongs”.
Lake Harriet, MN, USA, September 24 2016
Sound of insects and a little traffic at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis MN, USA. Also heavy on the wind noise.
Herold Cemetary, WI, USA, September 24 2016
Sound of air and gates near the entrance to Herold Cemetery above Alma Wisconsin, USA. Heavy on the wind noise.
Les Evettes, France, July 31 2016
Sound of insects in grass near the top of Les Evettes, Savoie, France.
Crèt du Midi, July 31 2016
Sound of insects in grasses from the Crèt du Midi above the Arly Valley, Savoie, France.
Mont Vorès, July 28 2016 (iii)
Sound of water source originating near the crest of Mont Vorès, Savoie, France.
Mont Vorès, July 28 2016 (ii)
Sound below a large outcrop of sedimentary rock near the crest of Mont Vorès, Savoie, France. Second of two recordings from the same spot while a herd of goats passed on the path.
Mont Vorès, July 28 2016 (i)
Sound below a large outcrop of sedimentary rock near the crest of Mont Vorès, Savoie, France. First of two recordings from the same spot while a herd of goats passed on the path.
Le Bouza, July 27 2016
Sound from a path below a cattle field on Le Bouza, Savoie, France (1685m).
Verdette, July 26 2016
Sound in a flower meadow at the base of la Verdette, Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Savoie, France.
Bayernstraße Nürnberg, 30th May 2015
Sound at the main road through Luitpoldhain, between the Erhenhalle Monument and the Innenhof Kongresshalle. Recorded just after spotting a hare.
Nürnberg Erhenhalle, 30th May 2015
Sound at the Erhenhalle Monument in Nürnberg, near the Nazi party rally ground, on a late afternoon in May 2015.
Nürnberg Innenhof Kongresshalle, 30th May 2015
Sound at the empty unfinished Congress Hall at a Nazi party rally ground, now part of the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände in Nürnberg, on a late afternoon in May 2015.
Newent Lake, Glos. (Dusk) - 12 April 2012
Recorded at Newent Lake, Gloucestershire at dusk on 12.04.12. Amateur campanology, wildfowl and evening songbirds colliding very beautifully. At around the 00:29 mark if you listen very carefully you can hear a grey heron take off and fly down the length of the lake. I was about 2 metres from this.
Downtown Stuttgart, 6am, April 2011
I was woken by this in Stuttgart last week, and it kind of moved me. In the few seconds following waking I found the presence of mind to turn the recording device in my phone on, but listening back I think I would really have preferred to play guitar along to this for a while.