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Writing the Field Recording Sound, Word, Environment

Intervenes in contemporary debates about the relationship between literature and field recording

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Title of the book: Writing the Field Recording Sound, Word, Environment
Author:Edited by Stephen Benson, Will Montgomery
Size: 234mm x 156mm
Formats, paperback, hardback, ebook, ebook(pdf)
publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Paperback: 9781474454803
Hardback: 9781474406697
eBook (ePub): 9781474406710
eBook (PDF): 9781474406703

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A field recording is any audio recording made outside of the studio. Such recordings have lately become important to contemporary musicians, sound artists and environmentalists. However, less attention has been given to the relation of sound, as manifested in the theory and practice of the field recording, to writing. The 11 essays collected here take the recent explosion of interest in field recording as the point of departure for an investigation of the sounded field in music and its relationship to literature and writing. Including seminal pieces on field thinking by John Berger and Lisa Robertson, Writing the Field Recording analyses contemporary text scores, histories, composer statements, critical literature, poetry and nature writing in the context of sound studies. Drawing on expertise from a range of backgrounds, including composers, musicians, poets and critics, the collection presents an inter-disciplinary exploration of the various registers in which the field recording is written, such as the essayistic, the creatively exploratory, the experimental and the philosophical alongside critical reflections on artistic practice.

Key Features

  • Focuses on sound in relation to poetry, poetics and nature / landscape writing
  • Includes contributions from published poets Lisa Robertson, Carol Watts and Jonathan Skinner
  • Includes the classic essay, ‘Field’, by John Berger
  • Accompanying sound recordings made accessible via the Resources tab on the Edinburgh University Press website


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