Experimental Music Playlist: Field

Works engaging with field recordings and other related sound practices.

Gahlord Dewald :: 3/10/22 :: Mānoa, Hawai‘i

There is a world outside.Gahlord Dewald gathering sound near HNL airport.Photo: Ananddev Banerjee It contains water, earth, wind and other elements. There are birds and creatures. Electro-magnetic waves flow through this outside (and inside) world as well. Some musicians and composers bring these outside voices inside their music.

This edition of Experimental Music Playlist was made in support of a lecture I gave in 2022 as part of the Sara Little Turnbull Visiting Designer Speaker Series at Lehman College, NYC.



I made this list so you could hear these sounds. It’s about 45 minutes long. You may enjoy setting aside time to look out the window or draw or do some light task while you listen. Whatever is comfortable for you. Some sounds will only be audible on nicer speakers than a laptop or phone.

  1. Since the end of the 1970s, Christina Kubisch has worked with the system of electromagnetic induction, which she developed from the basic technique to an individual artistic tool.
  2. Susie Ibarra is a Filipina-American composer, percussionist, and sound artist. Her album Water Rhythms is a story of climate change told by ice and water. It is a story about the dualism of water, the universal connector of nature and humans. It is also an intergenerational story of the rapid change and depletion of our glaciers and freshwater sources worldwide.
  3. Stephanie Lamprea's artistic practice includes performing classical and contemporary-classical repertoire, solo recitals, chamber and large-ensemble collaborations, electronic music, multi-disciplinary performance, avant-garde noise, and improvisation.
  4. In 1944,Fari Bradley, "Halim El Dabh: An Alternative Genealogy of Musique Concrète," Ibraaz 009_05, 30 November 2015. Halim El-Dabh presented his Expressions of Zaar (Ta'abir al-Zaar), from which "Wire Recorder Piece" is an excerpt. This was four years before the premiere of the next piece of music using recordings of the world.
  5. KMRU is a sound artist and experimental ambient musician, raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently based in Berlin where he is a Master’s student in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the Universität der Künste
  6. Experimental Music Unit is Paul Walde, Tina Pearson, and George Tzanetakis. They have engage in a regular exploratory music and sound art improvisation based out of the experimental music and sound art organization land (listening).action.sound.art.music
  7. Based in Lagos, Ibukun Sunday entwines his compositions with viola, field recordings, and deeply considered philosophies of existence, humanity, and apocalypse. You can read more about his approach to making music at the Ashuelot electro-acoustic project.
  8. Composer-performer Nyokabi Kariũki explores sound as preserver & as archivist; and as a tool to not only re-discover the stories of her culture, but also to highlight its significance, and contribute to the preservation of African and Black stories.

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