Das Kleine Field Recordings Festival is basically a neu budget event in which field recordings in all its forms of artistic expressions are presented. Performing artists are told to include at least 80% field recordings after the effects in their live presentations. This rule is made to avoid electro-acousticism or other highly processed compositions. I am not opposed to such kind of proceedings. But there are enough venues and festivals where these kind of compositions are presented regularly.
Through discussions with the field recorders I know there is different approaches. I have tried to come up with a definition to make my position clear. Field recordings are recordings made outside a studio with the intention to use them in a composition. So why not give space to the processors and E/A musicians? Well, because I actually want to hear those recordings.
The das kleine field recordings festival started in November 2007. It takes place when I feel like organizing it. Thanks to an ever growing number of participants and venues a virtual festival ground has come into existence. Artists and visitors alike carry the memory of past episodes and contribute to the loose and very attentive atmosphere during the performances.
Since the year 2009 the dkfrf is also organized outside Berlin.
Berlin, 28 June 2009
Rinus van Alebeek