HarS's "Sound Chronicles" is an ongoing series of relatively short montages
(started early 2000) using as material, pretty much exclusively, audio fragments taken
from a large collection of lo-fi, and mainly monophonic, field recordings: sonic 'snapshots'
made with cheap portable cassette machines and a lapel microphone between the late 1970's
and now, pretty much all over the world.
Mike Hallenbeck is a Minneapolis-based audio artist who adopts far-flung
sounds, brings them home to play with each other, and helps them figure
out what they want to be when they grow up. His sound design work has
been featured in numerous theatrical productions and installations in
Minneapolis, NYC, Chicago, and Toronto. Hallenbeck's "musique plastique"
project [archive] integrates field recordings and other found audio.