Continuing the (not exactly linear) series of musings and posts here about field recordings, technology, and so and so forth: I was interested to see that friend of no notes Disquiet had a post titled “Wavespan’s Field Recording-Inspired MP3s.”
These are not field recordings of traditional musicians. The raw material is field recordings of more everyday sounds: “Recordings of various metal and wood structures [bridges, sculptures, metal posts] in Santa Cruz County (CA, USA),” explains composor/creator Wavespan. He calls them “organic sound sources,” which puts in mind of some of Tony Schwartz‘s Folkways recordings.
I don’t actually understand whatever tweaking and mixing went into converting that raw material into these pieces — all from a set called Tilling The Soul — but the examples Disquiet offers are interesting. Check there if you want to give a listen to those: The results are often somewhat spooky, with weird sense of building-but-never-resolved tension that made me think of those creepy Japanese horror movies like The Ring.
The whole of Tilling The Soul is here.