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37th Annual Field Recording Workshop
Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 2023
San Francisco State University Field Campus, Yuba Pass, CA

This workshop will be held at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University, beside the scenic north fork of the Yuba River. Participants will learn recording techniques hands-on in the field, visiting Sierra Nevada Mountains soundscapes in marsh, meadow, and forest.

The workshop has intensive one-on-one instruction with a variety of equipment and field techniques as well as lectures, and the opportunity to meet people with backgrounds in a variety of different professions.

The event will offer informative lectures and field trips by experienced sound recordists including:

Cheryl Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer, field recordist, and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments, and often feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments and field recordings from remote locales. Leonard is fascinated by the subtle textures and intricacies of sounds, especially very quiet phenomena. She uses microphones to uncover and explore micro-aural worlds within her sound sources, and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices she discovers. Structurally and thematically, her creations often reflect on natural phenomena and processes. Her recent work focuses on environmental issues, especially climate change in the polar regions and California and the extinction of species.

Audio Engineers Dan Dugan, Ernst Karel, Mark Lipman, Steve Sergeant, and Greg Weddig, who have "adopted" national and local parks, will discuss how cooperating with park research programs provides opportunities to make recordings with both scientific and artistic value.

The cost for the Workshop is $450 which includes tent platform lodging, all meals, and a year's membership. Recording equipment will be provided for those without.

Please download the registration form from this link:

For further information, call Dan or Sharon at 415-821-9776.


The Nature Sounds Society is a world-wide organization whose principal purpose is to encourage the preservation, appreciation and creative use of natural sounds. The Society promotes education in the technological, scientific and aesthetic aspects of nature sounds through its programs and a diverse network of contacts.

People concerned with natural sound and natural quiet include biologists, museum professionals, park rangers, birders, conservationists, sound designers, musicians, artists, radio producers and many more.

The Society organizes events throughout the year. In January, a Post Production Workshop where we teach how to edit recorded sound to produce CDs, podcasts, or downloads. In early May, a Tech Talk about recording equipment. In June, our annual Field Recording Workshop at San Francisco State University's field campus at Yuba Pass. In December, a listening party. The Society presents California Soundscapes, a lecture-demonstration with surround sound that is presented at birding fairs and in lecture series throughout the greater Bay Area. See Announcements and Events.