‘Sonic Journalism’ is the aural equivalent of photojournalism. It describes the practice where field recordings play a major role in the discussion and documentation of places, issues and events and where listening to sounds of all kinds strongly informs the approach to research and following narratives whilst on location.
On two trips to Chernobyl in May 2006 and July 2007, Peter Cusak made many
location recordings in and around the ‘exclusion zone’ in Ukraine. These
include sounds of wildlife, radiometer bleeps, eerie rooms in the ghost
town of Pripyat, work that still goes on around the nuclear reactors,
and songs and poems of the traditional people of the affected area.
Their stories are in many respects the least known of the disaster.
See and hear more at http://sounds-from-dangerous-places.org/chernobyl.html