In the Field: The Art
of Field Recording


Cathy Lane & Angus Carlyle

Andrea Polli
Annea Lockwood
Antye Greie
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Christina Kubisch
Davide Tidoni
Felicity Ford
Francisco López
Hildegard Westerkamp
Hiroki Sasajima
Ian Rawes
Jana Winderen
Jez Riley French
Lasse-Marc Riek
Manuela Barile
Peter Cusack
Steven Feld
Viv Corringham

ISBN 978 0 9568559 6 1
240pp, 234 x 142
paperback with flaps
First published 2013, reprinted 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2022.

A new reprint with a revised introduction will be available in April. Please email if you would like to be sent an alert for when it can be ordered.

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This is a unique and important collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work. From its early origins in wildlife sound and in ethnographic research, field recording has expanded over the last few decades into a diverse range of practices which explore and investigate aspects of the lived environment, from the microscopic to the panoramic, through the medium of recorded sound. These conversations explore the fundamental issues that underlie the development of field recording as the core of their activity. Recurring themes include early motivations, aesthetic preferences, the audible presence of the recordist and the nature of the field.

“Sound emerges from this book as a fluid, expressive and highly descriptive medium to work with…
a fantastic place to discover your own sonic niche.”

Rob St John, Caught by the River

“…will raise awareness of listening, issues in the world soundscape, and place you inside a world of sound.”
John F. Barber, Leonardo Online

John F. Barber: Leonardo Online
Marcel Cobussen: Journal of Sonic Studies
Patrick Farmer: The Field Reporter
Morgan Quaintance: ArtReview
Martin Spray: Landscape & Arts Network
Rob St John: Caught by the River