Thanks Daniel @hamildad for taking my earlier post in Field Recording and running with it here.
The Electronic Meditation article is very good, interesting and I am aware of this sort of thing but its good to get more detail. I suppose I wanted to find something that clearly described the linking of mindfulness and sound listening and/or field recording. Why do modern mindfulness techniques privilege the breath over listening? Especially if deep listening can have the same effect?
I have been searching online from this article though and its helping me think a lot more about this. Clearly there is a logical lineage somewhere to be drawn from some of the therapeutic music discussed. Drone, ideas of deep listening, ambient soundscapes, through to transcendental musics and ‘new-age’ sounds. Perhaps not always in style but certainly a link in its meditative qualities and ability to alleviate stress. Similarly you can draw a line from Indian and Hindu mysticism through to La Monte Young and even Spaceman 3.
Interesting to read others comments and follow train of peoples thoughts. From where I began at the start of this year - of making these field recordings which grew into a form of therapeutic listening, was all the more significant because it occurred it the functional brutal concrete space of a car-park. That made it more powerful to me. At this time of year the temperature is never above 5 degrees C. so its a cold place to sit with car windows open - its not a place to linger. If I had I purposely went into a ‘scenic place’ and sought out a place to record I doubt I would have had half the benefit. Field recording in ugly places, that’s an idea!
I am going to keep doing my car-park recordings because the low temperature seems to add something to the process, what will happen when the weather gets warmer? Will the sounds captured be any different?
I have made three hours of recordings in this place and not once heard any bird song!
The quietest place in America article is interesting, it made me think about Estonia. Estonia is said to be the best country for natural sounds (certainly in Europe), there is much aural freedom from sound pollution. Check out Estonian Strings, the pure field recording by Jez Riley French… https://engravedglass.bandcamp.com/album/estonian-strings
Its a real beauty.