A major interest in my musical work, field recording is also the subject of my PhD dissertation, that I am currently writing at the University of York (in the History department, because why not).
My thesis is an historical and philosophical investigation of the reason of field recording. Where does it come from, its relationships with technology, musique concrète and high-fidelity, how a culture of sound was established and communicated. About this last point, I am especially interested in amateurs, and all the tape recording clubs that bloomed in France, Britain, Belgium or the Netherlands in the 1950s and 1960s.
You can read more on this in a paper I have written for Unlikely – Journal of Creative Arts. Title is Hunting Sounds: The Development of Sound Recording Hobbyist Culture in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. A pdf is also available here.
Another paper is available in the proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Ambiances. Title is Field Recording, Technology, and Creative Listening.