Field recordings can be interesting all by themselves, or even useful (e.g., bird calls), but my main interest is in using them in musical compositions (FYI, my definition of ‘musical’ is quite inclusive).
Chemo Dream No. 1 is an example of a musical use that I first had the idea for more than a year ago, but I’ve only recently acquired & sorted enough field recordings to get the effect I was looking for:
Some interesting sounds aren’t natural at all, and trains are so loud that you don’t have to crank the gain (and emphasize the wind), so this was a productive outing. Figuring out how I want to use the sounds I collect will come a little later.