Vancouver phonographers collective (VPC)


Primary: Plan, orchestrate, gather, communicate and develop events, explorations, travels and field studies for accurate aural capturing and reproduction of our own works and those of others for our own self-study, education and shared pleasure.

Secondary: Purely social in which to share artistic phonographic joy. (IE: Ambient music presentations with post audio discussions)


Phonography / field-recording:

Field recording or phonography are the terms used for an audio recording produced outside of a recording studio.

Field recordings can be either of two varieties. Field recording of natural sounds was originally developed as a documentary adjunct to research work "in the field" and foley work for film. With the introduction of high-quality portable recording equipment, it has subsequently become an evocative artform in itself.

Field recording often involves the capture of ambient noises that are low level and complex, in response the requirement from the field recordist has often pushed the technical limits of recording equipment, that is, demanding low noise and extended frequency response in a portable, battery powered unit. For this reason field recordists have favoured high quality, usually professional, recorders, microphones and microphone pre-amplifiers. The history of the equipment used in this area closely tracks the development of professional portable audio recording technology. The latest generation of recorders in use are completely digital (hard disk/Flash) based. Techniques have developed to include creative placement of microphones (including contact microphones & hydrophones for example), diffusion of captured sounds and highly individual approaches from recordists.

The use of field recordings in avant-garde, musique concrète, experimental, and ambient music is evident since the birth of recording technology.


An audiophile is a person with a strong interest in high-quality sound reproduction.

Audiophile values may be applied at all stages of music reproduction: the initial audio recording, the production process, and the playback, which is usually in a home setting.

Founder and organizer: Purple Crow.

Next meeting: Unscheduled, but we are known for our improvizational skills.
(Note: All meetings planned through direct e-mail and telephone communications)

Founders direct contact: Personal: Purple Crow at Live dot com / Label: Audio Phenomena at Live dot com

You're also welcome to study Purple Crow's audio projects at:
Or read up on projects at the Audio Phenomena website at:

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