I get a bit bored reading purely of technical and spec related issues about Field Recording so want to get a bit philosophical about the practice of Field Recording and start a discussion.
I have been thinking a lot about Field Recording as a sort of variation of a Mindfulness exercise. When you read something on Mindfulness practice they always start by saying things like 'focus and concentrate on the breath' but I have found a clear parallel with a focus and concentrating on sound/ listening when it comes to field recording. For me the process of field recording and the time spent intensely listening to sound has a benefit that others probably get from mindful breathing techniques.
The background to this thought came as I started the year in a bit of a rut - I felt a bit run down and had muddled thoughts in my head. I would often sit in my car in the car park near where I work for 10 minutes each morning before going into work and then often 10 or 15 minutes sitting in the car after work before driving home. I just sat there getting some time to myself and not even thinking. I noticed how many good sounds there were in this concrete multi-story car park. So since late January I have been sitting like this each morning and evening making 10 or 15 minute field recordings from different parts of the car park. I just sit in the car with the windows down and some omni-mics pointing out each side window. I have been getting some good sounds. After a few days I felt a lot better and I realize that Field Recording was my own version of 'mindfulness'.
I expected someone had made this connection before and between field recording or just sound and mindfulness and the idea of focusing on listening - instead of on the breath. I wanted to follow up this idea with some reading on this idea but I have found nothing on the web at all. Can anyone point to anything that has been written that conveys similar ideas?
Does someone out there want to think and write about this?
I am still trying to figure out what to do with these 'Car Park recordings' - its like a little sound diary at the moment but I am still making them two or three days a week and have quite a few hours now.