The Presentation of Realities: The use of field recordings from composition to the documentary

Activity: Academic and Industrial eventsGuest lecture or Invited talk


The act of field recording is a fundamental process for many composers working in electroacoustic music but the use and treatment of those recordings can vary to great extents. Through an exploration of the speakers own musical compositions and related projects, this talk will explore the approaches of using field recordings in creative work, consider the ethical considerations and responsibilities of the composer working with environmental sound material and, question where the boundaries between the musical and the documentary lie.
Period16 Oct 2019
Held atCity University London, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • field recording
  • environmental sound
  • acousmatic
  • composition
  • soundwalks