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Celebrating the Work of Women within Sonic Art: an expanding archive promoting equality in the sonic field

Month: July, 2013

An Antidote to Indifference – Field Recording Special Edited by Cheryl Tipp

This field recording special of Caught by the River‘s fanzine ‘An Antidote to Indifference’ is guest edited by Cheryl Tipp, Curator of Natural Sounds at the British Library’s Sound Archive. The issue features, amongst others, some fantastic Women working within the field, including Felicity Ford, Elin Øyen Vister, Daniela Cascella, La Cosa Preziosa and Amy Liptrot. caught by the river

Cheryl writes: “Earlier in the year I was invited by Caught by the River to guest edit a special field recording edition of their fanzine, An Antidote to Indifference. The plan was to cover as many aspects of field recording as possible and give a broad overview of the current goings-on in this fascinating community. After spending a few months gathering mostly unique works from a variety of field recordists, sound artists and writers all engaged in their own ways with this diverse genre, I’d like to think that this has been achieved. Wildlife recording trips, urban soundscapes, sound maps, installations and personal reflections on recording experiences and the importance of listening are some of the topics covered. These pieces sit alongside a range of reviews, interviews, blog posts and other snippets of news.” Purchase a copy here here here ….& while you’re at it, check out the British Library’s fascinating Sound and Vision blog or more from Cheryl Tipp via twitter @CherylTipp.

Alice Shields

Alice ShieldsAlice Shields is an American Composer known for her cross-cultural operas and vocal electronic music. She has recieved a DMA degree in Music Composition and served as Associate Director of both the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and the Columbia University Computer Music Center; as well as lecturing on the Psychology of Music in numerous institutions across America.

Study for Voice and Tape was composed in 1968, using my prerecorded singing voice synchronized with electronic sounds on tape. The sound sources for the tape part include phrases created on an analog Buchla synthesizer, my own singing voice, and a shaken bell-tree. Pitch and timbral modifications occur through Klangumwandler and elaborate feedback, resulting in spiraling patterns that rise and fall in pitch and speed.” AShields

Alice is still producing work to date including her new chamber opera, ‘Zhaojun – A Woman of Peace’ (2013), in which her cross-cultural explorations step into the position of women in ancient China. Further information, recordings and contact can be found via www.aliceshields.com