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We Need No Swords Episode 26: Antinaturalism

We Need No Swords Episode 26: Antinaturalism

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This show was 53rd in the global experimental chart.

I've been fascinated by the gradual encroachment of field recordings into the palette of experimental musicking over the past few years.

So, I asked musician, artist and researcher Gabriele de Seta to give us his take on how field recordings have come to occupy such an integral position, and to put together a mix of pertinent examples from Europe, Asia and the USA.

Of particular interest is the move from a determinedly naturalistic, ethnographic approach to something more complex. Artists often deliberately undermine the supposed veracity and authority of the field recordings they use - a process often referred to as anti-naturalism - in pursuit of more nuanced and compelling work.

There are some great insights and astonishing sounds in here. I hope you enjoy listening to it. Tracklist is in the comments.


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Juanjo Palacios: Ensenada (Linear Obsessional, 2014)
Naturalismo: Untitled Microcassette #1
Daniel Menche - Ant Hill, from Raw Recording Series (2012)
Huai Hai Lu Soundwalk (Bivouac Recordings 2010)
Gabriele de Seta: 60.00 Ligne de Fuite, (Bivouac Recordings, 2016)
Wang Changcun: Flicker 14
Li Zhiyng: Hawker + Vendor Music, from Sound Art China: Revolutions Per Minute (Post-Concrete, 2013)
Wendy Hsu: Pinball Machines in Lungtan
Geir Jenssen: Stromboli Dub. From Stromboli (Touch, Tone 48, 2013)
Cathy Lane: Sea Shanty, from The Hebrides Suite (Gruenrekorder, 2013)
Alan Courtis + BJ Nielsen: As Subtle and Brutal as Nature, from Nijmegen Pulse (Brombon, 2013)
Edwin Lo: Rabbit Travelogue: Central Region (Rabbit Travelogue, 2010)
G-Park: Untitled
Fangyi Liu: I Am Here, from I Am Here (2016)
Kevin Drumm: Untitled, from The Whole House (2016)
Tarab: Bottle, from surfacedrift (naturestrip, 2004)
Joe Colley: Lonely Microphone (Senufo Editions, 2012)
Simon Whetham: Against Nature [4], from Against Nature (Cronica, 2016)
CM Von Hausswolff: Undetected Signal. (Probably from James Irwin in 2006), from The Wonderful World Of Male Intuition (Oral, 2006)
Mark Bain: One hour as - Vibrations during the aircraft impacts on and collapses of the WTC (edit)
Fu Yu: net.soundscape, Sound Art China: Revolutions Per Minute (Post-Concrete, 2013)
Gabriele de Seta - Radio 朋友圈 (edit)
Seth Cooke: CERO II, from Four No-Input Field Recordings (Every Contact Leaves A Trace, 2013)