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Foundscoundscape: "live radio collage of foundsound places to underscore your personal spaces"


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This is a new project from sound artist Janek Schaefer.





It's been 20 years exactly since I created 'Recorded Delivery', which quietly collected sounds of the inner realm of the Post Office in March 1995. Back then I could only use cassettes to capture sound, and there was no internet or digital in my world. Two decades later the technical options are staggering, but simplicity and calm is more in demand than ever.

Foundsoundscape was inspired by the very first Digital Radio station in the UK, that simply played a recording of a rural location. Radio you could just leave running to add a peaceful ambience to your environment indoors. It heralded a new media paradigm, as digital broadcasting offered more capacity than requred for the first time, and that space needed filling. At the same time on TV, Channel 4 was broadcasting Big Brother live 24hours, and at night I loved to tune-in my analogue TV sets all over the house, and the shed, so I could hear the housemates gently sleeping as I worked through the night. Since then infomercials, and gambling TV have taken over, and I greatly miss that sense of realtime space, that does not demand your attention, it just quietly underscores your environment, by creating new ones from others.

Radio is special as it was the first medium that could be experienced by many people in many places all at the same time. Foundsoundscape.comis an online radio station that streams live 24hours a day and can be shared by people all over the globe. Using over 1000 calm & curious location recordings captured by 100 recordists, the sounds were simply editied, and then played back three at a time at various volumes in shuffle mode, and the result is never the same twice. You often hear the edges of time as files begin or stop playing mid flow. If you listen ever so carefully you can also hear me working in the shed studio at night, as I have a live mic feeding into the mix. I sometimes like to work with tv radio & music playing, to absorb information, give me ideas, and share it with you.

My hope is that others will find foundsoundscape enjoyable and leave it running all day & all night long, just like a radio! It's as simple as that, with one click. A salute to serendipity and shared sonic space. Bookmark it. Play it in rooms around the house. Share it . . Take a break . . .

Every day is different.

Happy Daze.

List of the 100 audio recorders
sending sound from every corner of the globe

Janek Schaefer
Chris Watson
Brian Eno
Charlemagne Palestine
Phil Niblock
British Library Sound Archive
Richard Chartier
Stephen Vitiello
Douglas Benford
Graham Dunning

William Basinski
Gino Zardo
Marc Richter
Arno Peeters
Peter van Cooten
Mike Weis
Knut Aufermann
Mary Malecka
Paul Cox
Philip Blackburn

Stephan Mathieu
Philipp Ilinskiy
Susan Martin
Jake Muir
Chris Dooks
Darren McClure
Jeremy Young
Stuart Bannister
Robin Parmar
Yui Onodera

Frans de Waard
Ben Gwilliam
Craig Johnson
Stuart Craig
Luis Fernandes
David Slater
Hiroki Sasajima
Cris Deison
Paul Whitty
Bas Mantel

Justin Bennett
Martin Franklin
John Kannenberg
Charlotte Heffernan
Derek Holzer
Ben Horner
Nick Fells
Taylor Dupree

Peter Cusack
Nickolas Mohanna
Ian Baxter
Bobbie-Jane Gardner
Yan Yun
Tomotsugu Nakamura
Chihei Hatakeyama
Yannick Dauby
William Yates
Chris Koelle

Simon Fisher Turner
Rod Stasick
Jonathan Palmer
Gregory Kramer
Rob Dansby
Dave the Rave
Wouter Messchendorp
Robert Svantesson
Omer Eilam
Radboud Mens

Michael J. Schumacher
Danny Lavie
Nakamura Tomotsugu
Christopher Bradbury
Kevin Wienke
Mark Lyken
Michael Jennings
Kerry Ware
John Grzinich
Marc Namblard

Radovan Scasascia
Stephen Wilkinson
Craig Goods
Vijay Sekhon
Jan van den Brink
Robin Russell
Ben Minto
Yasuhiro Morinaga

John Wynne
Wayland Iverson
Matt Wright
Stephen Packe
Jason Domers
Cedrick Eymenier
Tony Webster
Javier Ucelay Urech
Philip Jeck


I'm one of the contributors to this project. For those of you interested in field recording, check it out.



Edited by Deion Sanders
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Cool, love the sound of the premise - checking it out now !


EDIT: Aie, don't know if it's my connection or not but it keeps stopping. The silence is deafening with this quiet ambience !

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Cool, love the sound of the premise - checking it out now !


EDIT: Aie, don't know if it's my connection or not but it keeps stopping. The silence is deafening with this quiet ambience !


The only problem I've had is if I close my laptop and try to start it again when I open it up. I end up having to refresh the page.

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Bump. I guess he still has 24hrs worth of recordings to edit and upload :O. At this point, recordings will loop 3 times at some point in the 12 hour period. Interested to hear it in full form.

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Haha, yeah that's the one I heard 3 times. Recognise the sound well - that's one cat meeting another that shouldn't be there. The stray that always comes to visit me sits on the window ledge looking out and makes that sound whenever another one is in sight !

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