Mindful Music Moments

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Field Recordings

Field Recordings / New Music for Mindful Music Moments

The Field Recording Project is a 2021 commission for four contemporary musicians, Jennifer Howd & Ben Sloan, Christa Ebert/Uno Lady and Liz Wu, to create six short pieces of new music, with accompanying videos, that feature Field Recordings (audio from sounds of real spaces and places) and music to evoke a sense of place and to re-contextualize sound as sort of aural symphony.

Additionally, students are encouraged to create their own Field Recordings! We partnered with Liz Wu, of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Sound Discoveries, to provide students with a lesson plan on how to capture sound from the environment and how to create their own compisition in Garage Band. Student submissions will be considered for inclusion in the national Mindful Music playlist for the last weeks of school and all will be included on a special Field Recordings playlist. 

Watch and listen to the 6 commissioned Field Recordings, as well as student made selections here: 



"Fiona's Lullaby" was created by Jennifer Howd and Ben Sloan for Mindful Music Moments. Video by Pat Story. Field samples featured include: water fountains, waterfalls, insects, macaws, flamingos, macaws, ducks, general ambient birds, birds in the zoo’s “bird house,” and gibbons. As well as, piano, cello, bells (all midi)


This project increased awareness of manmade sounds. Recording the natural environment is challenging because human-created cacophonies dominate the soundscape: running engines, ringing phones, passing planes, power and yard tools are much louder than wildlife. Even traffic lights hum. This project made me curious to hear the sounds of old growth forests of the past.

Christa Ebert, aka Uno Lady. Photo of Old Woman Creek.


"Erie Serenade" was created by Christa Ebert, aka Uno Lady, for Mindful Music Moments. Video by Christ Ebert. Field samples featured include: wave sounds from Magee Marsh and Edgewater Beach. Bird, bug, and frog songs from Old Woman Creek, Rocky River Reservation, and Columbia Station Reservation. And the melody from Ebert's vocals.


"Ocean Cycle" was created by Liz Wu for Mindful Music Moments. Field samples featured include: the gentle lullaby of the waves at Myrtle Beach, SC and layered warm and expansive synthesizer and piano sounds in a way that mirrors the soothing movement of the sea.


I enjoy how the voices weave in and out of the piece, just as they might do when walking around - at one point you may notice a beautiful bird as everything around you fades away, but suddenly a distant yell, or a faint train in the background changes your focus entirely. The ebb and flow of the music, balanced against the animals and voices created a sense of shared space for me, and a reminder to take it in whenever I can.

Ben Sloan, on "A Train Ride, and a Memory"


This music was created by 2nd grade Woodford Academy students through a Kennedy Heights Arts Center residency. Sounds include gongs, chimes, singing bowls, bubble wrap, sticks and paper.


"Friday Flow" was created by Academy of World Language students who participate in the True Body Project after school program.

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Our Field Recording project was supported by an ArtSTART grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Additional video and site support comes from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Special thanks to Pat Story, Cathy Crain and Brian Jorg from the Zoo team.

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