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.