Artist Profile Reviews

Chris Watson’s Nature Recordings 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Throughout the ages, musicians have looked to nature both for inspiration and for source material—whether it’s La Monte Young‘s fascination with the sound of wind blowing and the drone of crickets around his childhood home in 1940s Idaho; the field recordings of Brian Eno in the mid-‘70s; or the work of modern-day ambient producers like Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere).

For the last 30 years, Chris Watson—of Sheffield industrial funksters Cabaret Voltaire—has been one of the world’s leading nature sound recordists. Whether he’s capturing the sound of birdsong on the Mara River in Kenya or the otherworldly atmosphere of the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, Watson brings the same inventiveness to field recordings as he did to his electronic experimentation in the ‘70s.