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Toshiya Tsunoda

Derek Walmsley

Very interesting little piece from Toshiya Tsunoda about his approach to field recording, on the Erstwords blog.

Tsunoda's approach is very specific to him, but for me his comments cut through a lot of very wooly thinking which is written about field recordings. A lot of stuff intends to document/preserve certain environments, but apart from the moral dimension of this (obviously to the fore in times of climate change) it seems a rather conservative with a small c aesthetic. Who's to say what is to be preserved and what isn't? That very few field recordists come up with a compelling answer to this question makes me wonder if many of them aren't just landscape painters for a new generation.

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