sound residency & workshop in Maajaam
Dates of the residency: 9.-17.10.2023
Residency mentor Pablo Sanz
Open Call deadline: 22.09.2023
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In this residency/workshop, we will explore the possibilities of environmental sound recording as a creative practice. We will approach recording as a form of attention, a tool to investigate the world and a creative act.
The landscape and sonic ecologies in/around Maajaam will be our site of focus and experimentation. We will listen and record in different environments (farmland, forests, grasslands, wetlands) day and night. We will attend to the voices and sonic expressions of non-human life, the weather and the landscape, material properties, environmental processes, human and non-human interactions, and “hidden” sounds and phenomena that are inaudible to our bare ears or usually go unnoticed.
The activities will include fieldwork, studio work, discussion, listening and presentation sessions, with a flexible schedule and room for collective and individual exchange and experimentation. We will address technical, aesthetic and critical aspects of working with environmental sound, with an overview of different methodologies, audio technologies and recording setups, practical considerations for working in situ and how to approach ideas and projects.
The workshop will cover recording equipment and types of microphones, spatial audio recording techniques such as spaced stereo, multichannel and ambisonics, less conventional listening strategies and technologies (hydrophones, contact microphones/solid vibration, parabolic reflectors, ultrasonic and electromagnetic listening), editing and audio software tools, and composition and presentation approaches.
The workshop aims to question traditional understandings of so-called “field recording”, the “soundscape”, and “natural” sound. We will consider listening as always situated, a malleable practice, and the most crucial activity in sound-making and composition. We will reflect on different listening modes and how environmental listening practices can become a form of attuning to the more-than-human.