A collection of past works, projects, collaborations, commissions and personal explorations in sound & nature.

 

Fieldwave, Vol. 2 is the second release in Nonclassical's compilation series produced by broadcaster and sound collector Nick Luscombe.

Bringing together artists with field recording at the heart of their work, this second volume focuses on the sounds of Japan, with tracks from Japanese musicians and from British artists who have gathered recordings via trips to Japan. 

“A window into the world of field recordings and wider acoustic ecology, via the work of recordists, sound artists and musicians from around the world", says Nick Luscombe, "For this, the second volume of Fieldwave, I decided to look to Japan as inspiration – surely one of the most sonically rich places on earth."

"All the tracks are delightful, but my favourite is the one Mat Eric Hart conjured from sounds recorded around Mount Haguro, a holy mountain which is full of shrines to half-forgotten deities. You hear water, the sound of footsteps, wind in the trees and suddenly the most extraordinary haunting cry. It’s probably one of the ascetic devotees of the Shugendo religion who live on the mountain blowing a horogai, a conch-shell trumpet blown to aid meditation. But to my English ears it sounded thrillingly like Tennyson's “horns of Elfland faintly blowing”. It’s a burst of something rich and strange, which comes as a shock amidst so much quietly ordinary beauty."

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Interview with Radio Pays d'Herault following the screening of the documentary "L'esprit des Lieux" at Le Sonambule in Gignac as part of the 22nd edition of the documentary film month, in partnership with the Communauté de communes Vallée de l'Hérault and the Réseau des bibliothèques de la Vallée de l'Hérault.

'The screening of the film was followed by an exchange with Mat Eric Hart who explores the fields of natural recording and composes original soundscapes. His conception of sound art leads him to a practice deeply rooted in listening and connecting with the natural world. A meditative and sensitive journey where only the sounds around us matter."

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What can we learn about culture, society and environment through sound? In this special online talk, artist and sound recordist Mat Eric Hart and DJ, field recordist and broadcaster Nick Luscombe will take us on an auditory journey across Japan. Field recording has been growing in popularity in recent years as it offers different ways to listen to our world, whether it is through the representation of ethnomusicological recordings, environmental documentaries, or the presentation of natural or urban soundscapes as music.

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28th July - 3rd Sept 2021 - The Belfry Centre, Overstrand, Norfolk, UK

 

A unique, immersive installation that is a moving response to the Pandemic using original field recordings made at Overstrand Beach.

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Sound recordist for this episode of the Eat, Move,Think podcast, hosted by Medcan CEO Shaun Francis and produced by Ghost Bureau.

Recorded on location in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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Prepared soundscapes using field recordings made during a series of field recording workshops exploring the sound worlds of trees. p

Presented by Mat Eric Hart and organised by Phonurgia Nova in partnership with the Bibliothèque Départementale CD13 Bouches-du-Rhòne.

Held at the Médiathèque Municipale Marc Mielly in Noves, Médiathèque Isidore Rollande in Châteaurenard and Médiathèque of Saint Martin de Crau.

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If a tree falls in a forest, and no-one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Caroline Steel speaks to experts in hearing, biology, philosophy, physics and sound design, which takes her to some unexpected places. Professor Stefan Bleek is an expert in psychoacoustics who says that sounds only exist in our heads. Dr Eleanor Knox and Dr Bryan Roberts are philosophers that make her question if anything exists outside our own perception. Professor Lilach Hadany wonders if it’s limited to humans and animals - could other plants hear the falling tree too? And Mat Eric Hart is a sound designer who says that sound is subjective – it’s always tangled up with our own interpretations. Things get truly weird as we delve into the strange implications of quantum physics. If there is such a thing as reality, doesn’t it change when we’re there to observe it?

Does the tree even fall if we aren’t there? Presented by Caroline Steel and produced by Anand Jagatia for the BBC World Service.

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A collaboration between the organic Provençal brasserie Aquae Maltae and the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) and the Regional Center for the Safeguarding of Wildlife based in Buoux (Luberon).

Directed by Camille Ai

 Music & Sound by Mat Eric Hart 

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"Air cannot be seen, but can be felt by its movement. This installation is an instrument that makes the air element palpable. The movement of the pendulums are triggered by wind that pushes the leaflike panels at the top. Once the pendulum is in motion, it creates differing lights, sounds, and wind prompting unique experience for each visitor." [Archicomplex]

Emmanuel Mieville, Kwan Queenie Li, Satria Adiyasa Anggapradja, Ghoniyya Hamida, Joseph Kamaru Mwangi, Christina Hazboun, Levi C Masuli, Tini Aliman, Miguel Buendia, Heu Heu, Pipatpong Seepeng, Emma-Kate Matthews, Luke Poulson, Mat Eric Hart, Frances Ulman, Sarah King [sculpted + produced by MSCTY_STUDIO]

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Shortlisted for the "Best Artificial Sound" category of the Sound of the Year Awards 2020 presented by The Museum Of Sound in partnership with The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

"I imagine this sound to be what we would hear if we could poke our heads under the ground and submerge our ears in the deep root network of trees. I have often attempted to record the sounds of trees, and even recently have been leading field recording workshops exploring this very practice. Though the practice is often challenging! With this sound, I wanted to create a space that would sound natural, despite its artificial nature. The source of this sound was created using a single contact microphone placed on the central stem of a pine cone. With my fingers I manipulated the scales, much like a kalimba player would to play the instrument. I then used an array of multiple effects in editing, including reverb, time stretching and frequency modulation to create the finished sound."

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Sound recordist for this episode of the Talent Takes Practice podcast, produced by New Era Ingenious Ltd. featuring guest contributor Cesc Fabregas. Recorded on location in Monaco, France.

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Sound editor for A Breath of Fresh Tea podcast, produced by Martyn Fowler, Oliver Rabie, Jay Catalano and Leon Johnson.

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Radiophonic piece for the 2021 International Sound Art Festival "60 Secondes Radio"

 

I once visited an old traditional Japanese ryokan inn named Tamanoi, in the small seaside town of Tsuyazaki, Fukuoka.
Whilst there, I was graced with the presence of its owner - Mr. Fuminori Abe - and whilst recording our conversation, I noticed a beautiful sound world unfolding around us. In the near stillness, close to silence, this old inn seemed to breathe. I began to feel a kind of presence; a spirit of place. With this work I wanted to explore this experience using only recordings made during this brief interview, evoking this mysterious communication between worlds.

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Original sound design, foley and score by Mat Eric Hart.

Interpretation of Ridley Scott's original Alien (1979) opening sequence.

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Original sound design, foley and score by Mat Eric Hart.

Laundromat (2019) 

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