A big thank you to my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias
for the heads up on this O-so-fascinating collection of field recordings from Lawrence English.
Field recordings hold a special place in my heart - part active listening, part hunting, part happy accident, part polaroid, part archive - though wholly personal. No two recordings made in the same place at the same time will be identical and therein lies the beauty of the work. Similar to photography or portraiture, the artist selects the frame and what to prioritize, within that frame (either in pre or post production). These choices ultimately help shape the ways in which the listener can come to and understand the sounds.
Songs of the Living
and And the Lived In
are two records-worth of found sounds from around Lawrence English's and our (disappearing) world and he's made them available for free. Yes, for free.