Michael Terren







Michael Terren is interested in field recording as a practice of deliberate aesthetic and technical construction, eschewing the objective/documentary status of many field recording works. This process of prioritisation and selection of certain sounds to record—and thus the process of suppressing “extraneous” sound—is fascinating in its oblique reflection of our own perspectives of sound in everyday life.

Michael explores this theme by placing loudspeakers directly in the environment of a field recording situation, playing a variety of synthetic sounds and other field recordings. This practice engenders new dialogues between loudspeaker and microphone—the two central media of our contemporary experience of sound—and calls into question the proprietorship of sound in natural environments, the ethics of sonic “contamination,” and the politics of the “hi-fi” soundscape.

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