Most of the audio work I’ve shared is somewhat self-explanatory: recordings of singing, conversation, interviews, etc. But most of the audio work I do is simply to capture the sound of a place at a particular moment. This is type of ambient sound recording is generally called “field recording.” This piece, which was published this morning on the Field Recordings Podcast is a good example.

Link: After the World Cup Final, Paris, France on 15th July 2018 – by Leland Buck

On July 15, 2018, France played Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. The game was played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to a massive crowd of 78,000 people, but the real excitement, immediately after the game, was in Paris. I was in Paris at the time, and I remember how silent the city was during the game. Paris is a vibrant city, and it is full of sounds at all hours. Just the day before the World Cup, the city had been in full celebration mode for 14 Juillet, so in some way the World Cup was just an extension of the normal annual holiday.

Once the match was won by France, the city of Paris exploded in celebration.

Only minutes after the game ended, I pulled out my phone and started recording. This short recording was made on an iPhone 6s with the internal microphone standing in the middle of Rue Jacob in the Left Bank, a small street in the 6th arrondissement.

I discovered the Field Recordings Podcast early in 2021, and I have enjoyed listening to all 300+ episodes they have published. There is something wonderfully soothing and calming that comes from listening to good field recordings. So, I am proud to share this not only as the creator but to introduce others to this fantastic podcast.