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Field recording is often compared to photography. There are good reasons for this, too: both crafts sample our environment so they can share it, later. There is one key feature that separates the two, though: time. Photography freezes a specific moment in time and presents to others. On the other hand, field recording captures duration. It samples moments collectively as they evolve.

A recent project by nature field recordist Mark Ferguson explored this aspect in an interesting way. Ferguson was granted exclusive access to the 800 hectares of Slimbridge wetland wildlife reserve. Known for having the largest collection of captive wildfowl, Slimbridge also witnesses dozens of species migrate through the marsh. After repeated visits to the Trust and facing constant sonic challenges, Ferguson unveiled a project on his website that highlights the craft’s defining features from one special location: a sense of transition, the power of serendipity, and a revelation of experiences through sound.

Mark Ferguson tells us more in today’s article.

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Bois de Boulogne, Paris

During the last two weeks we’ve explored how to learn field recording skills in schools, from sound theory to hands-on learning, and from location recording to post-production skills.

For the final post in this series we’ll look at a completely different way of learning field recording skills. Instead of learning in studios and classrooms, we’ll see how to learn field recording while immersed in nature.

There are only a handful of these courses. Both Piers Warren, Principal of Wildeye, and Martyn Stewart lead recordist at the Nature Sound Recording Workshop, graciously spent time answering a few questions about their workshops.

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