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Field Recordings, Umbrella Spokes

Working with sound archives, radio stations and public venues, Umbrella spokes was established to dig field recordings out of archives and museums, and put them back in public spaces.

A field recording could be considered an audio snapshot of an environment of music-making, a sonic illustration of musical processes that are and will be continuing whether or not they are being recorded. Umbrella spokes searches for the links between music from the entire history of recording, presenting the sounds of field recordings as un-manipulated documents.

Much of the world’s music draws from and informs social and physical processes that extend far beyond the audio. Kalahari sprinting songs, Inuit laughing games, and Romanian leaf-blowing can be listened to as music, but also as part of people’s everyday lives. Some songs, often made from nothing more than local natural acoustic materials, manage to sound electronic, while others are barely audible beneath the chips and scratches of one hundred years of deteriorating technology.

Umbrella spokes broadcasts from the vast archive of the world’s field-recorded music.


Umbrella Spokes

About the Creator

Umbrella spokes is the work of DJ, musician and researcher Noel Lobley.

Work has been performed and presented on radio and in venues throughout the UK and Europe since 2000.

Recent appearances have included Ireland’s Erris and Mor festivals, and work has also been performed extensively indoors and outdoors at arts centres, galleries, music halls, castles, and clubs and at children’s parties. Programmes have been written and presented for radio in London (Resonance FM), Birmingham (Vale FM) and Belgrade (B92).

Forthcoming projects include work with Zimbabwean mbira musicians, and a six-month research residency at the International Library of African Music at Grahamstown, South Africa.