Outstanding In The Field

Finally a chance to shoe-horn in the punchline to my favourite Scarecrow-related joke on this website. And with good reason. For the people at blog-label-publisher-print-makers Caught by the River  have launched the latest edition of their fanzine An Antidote to Indifference. It’s a field-recordings special and it IS outstanding. You see? It totally works. Thanks, Scarecrow!

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Edited by Cheryl Tipp, the Curator of Natural Sounds at the British Library, it’s packed with lots of highly readable goodies that have been spicing up my journeys on the tube no end over the last couple of days; featuring contributions from Jez riley French, The London Sound Survey, old mucker Jonny Trunk and Chris Watson. There’s even a small contribution from my Foggy self. Lovely artwork by Rose Foshall too.

Cheryl writes: Earlier in the year I was invited by Caught by the River to guest edit a special field recording edition of their fanzine, An Antidote to Indifference. The plan was to cover as many aspects of field recording as possible and give a broad overview of the current goings-on in this fascinating community. After spending a few months gathering mostly unique works from a variety of field recordists, sound artists and writers all engaged in their own ways with this diverse genre, I’d like to think that this has been achieved. Wildlife recording trips, urban soundscapes, sound maps, installations and personal reflections on recording experiences and the importance of listening are some of the topics covered. These pieces sit alongside a range of reviews, interviews, blog posts and other snippets of news. 

Your instructions are to pick up a copy here and also to check out the British Library’s Sound and Vision blog which is always a fascinating place to hang out. Those of you of a Tweeting disposition should follow @CherylTipp too.

In closing, I thoroughly endorse this product.

PS I’d also like to apologise to the citizens of Myanmar for not knowing it was another name for Burma. I think this constitutes a ‘Hashtag Fail’…

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