As more and more people crowd into the cities, we are losing contact with the earth, with birds and animals, with sunsets and starry skies.
R Murray Schafer
Mat Eric Hart (London, 1988) is a British artist, producer, sound engineer & field recordist currently based in Provence, France.
His work explores field recording, acoustic ecology, soundscape composition and sound design through a practice deeply rooted in listening to and connecting with the natural world. He has travelled the world in search of sounds that embody and reflect the true spirit of the people, spaces and environments he encounters. His works examine the relationships that exist between these demographics using sound recording as a medium for channeling nature, rituals, folk culture and sacred spaces into hyper-realistic, meditative compositions.
Works by the artist are held in the World & Traditional Musics and Wildlife & Environmental Sounds collections of the British Library Sound Archive.
He is a regional representative (France) for the Quiet Parks International project, an active member of the CENSE (Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies), UKAN (UK Audio Network) & PePaSon (Pédagogies des Paysages Sonores) communities, and resident artist with Resonance FM (UK), Camp Radio (France) and Radio Tsonami (Chile). In 2021, he featured as a finalist in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s “Sound Of The Year Awards” and has been nominated for the 2022 Phonurgia Nova Awards’s highly coveted Field Recording Prize.