Can we hear someone listening? What experiential elements are involved in conducting and completing a field recording? Lawrence English strives to answer these questions in his development of the emergent theoretical framework called 'The Listener's Listening' – an approach to listening rooted in affect that reflects the agentive and creative capacities of the listener.
Notes From The Field addresses the development of field recording from its roots in ethnography through to its transition into the canon of sound arts. It considers the role of subjectivity and aesthetics in the exploration of sound in place. It also explores the notion of listening as a means of creative practice. The talk is approximately 60 minutes + questions. It includes some playback of recordings also, from my work in field recording and others.
Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English's work prompts questions of field, perception, and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.