Rain on rooftops, crunching gravel: the strange appeal of ‘slow audio’

Enjoy the silence

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First there was slow TV – now radio and podcasts are getting in on the act with ambient recordings of forest walks and bird calls

For 18 minutes, nothing interrupts the purr of insects bar the sound of kookaburras calling, and a solitary passing car. This is Field Recordings, a creation of the London-based radio producer Eleanor McDowall, “a podcast where audio-makers stand silently in fields”. Boasting submissions from all over the world, the first episode debuted in March and captures the sounds of an Australian town at dusk. Highlights from the more than 70 episodes since include a recording from the inside of a hollow tree in Russia, which becomes an orchestra of creaks and whistles as it sways in the wind. It is, in McDowall’s words, “a real banger”. Full story.

Mark Wilding (The Guardian) / May 23, 2020

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