Deadline: Jan. 1, 2012: Power/field compilation #3

Nov 29, 2011 8:18 pm
Recordings wanted for the third edition of the Power/field
compilation.  This series is dedicated to recordings made "in the
field" with processing on-site - ie pedals, laptops, or strange
acoustic phenomena in the intersection of power and environment. No
post-processing besides basic trim edits and gain

Traditional field recording captures ambient sound in various
locations via microphone without any effects. Power/field recordings
are field recordings made with effects processing units used on-site.
The intent is to take experimental music practices outside of their
traditional operating venues (composing studios and performance
venues) and into the “field” (anywhere you don’t normally
compose/record/perform music).

Aesthetically speaking, anything goes - drone, microsound, synth,
ambient, harsh noise. The recordings can come from a wide variety of
musical practices, and can be made with electronic, electrical,
mechanical, and acoustic means.  Harnessing the existing sound in a
space is preferred over generating sound within a space - but the
latter can work when the results align within the perspective of the
series. It is suggested for all to listen to the first edition (link
below) for examples of successful submissions.

Typical scenarios for successful works: microphone feeding into a
pedal; contact mic fed into a laptop; sounds played in an environment
and recorded via mics; lathe records, cassettes, and circuit boards
left outside all winter long, then recorded in their deteriorated
condition outside, a microphone rubbed against subway walls, a
microphone set inside the whirlwind funneling into an air conditioner.

Typical unsuccessful scenarios: recorded freak folk / alt rock /
post-war classical jams in someone's living room or an underground
chamber. Please listen to the tracks from the first edition to get a
sense of the aesthetic intent behind the project.

There is an honor system on the basic rules: the recording must be
made outside of the studio or the stage; no overdubs except on-site;
no re-processing; no edits besides cutting off the beginning or end.
The submission can be an excerpt of a longer take, and basic
normalizing of the levels is fine. Track length 3-15 min preferred,
multiple short tracks are fine to submit. Previously released tracks
will not be considered, and tracks created specifically for this
project are preferred.

The final project will be released March 2012 in an edition of 200.
The first 2 editions each had 2x CDrs, as there were a ton of great
submissions. Traditionally the discs are housed in screen-printed
cardboard sleeves.  A digital edition will be created in addition to
the physical one.

The entire contents of the previous editions can be found here:

vol 1:
(p.s. the first track of Disc 1 is titled "\\\" but the slashes don't
come out right in an online directory)

vol 2:

Please submit everything online by Jan 1 2012.  To prevent wasted
CDrs, please upload your recordings (mp3s in the first round) to your
own website, to a file sharing service such as yousendit, or
soundcloud.  I can also provide an FTP address if you aren’t able to
upload it yourself.  Once the final choices are made, I’ll need full
resolution files (WAV / AIFF) uploaded by Jan 31 2012.

Send track(s), title(s), site location(s), equipment list(s), pictures
of your setup environment, and any other info about yourself to:
bob_AT_halfnormal_DOT_com (please put "power/field submission" in the

More info: