This two-day workshop will focus on what we might consider an ethnographic approach to the yoked practices of recording and composing. This approach considers the act of location recording not simply, or even not at all, as one of ‘collecting sounds’, but rather as a process of engaging in an encounter with a social situation or lived environment through all of one’s senses, albeit with an emphasis on that of listening, and with the idea of creating audio art. We will listen to relevant audio work and discuss anthropological notions of place, and then delve into a site or network of sites where participants engage in the acts of listening and recording. During the evening of the first day, participants will independently review their recordings, make selections, and start editing them. On the second day we will listen to the selections, discuss, and work on issues of editing and composition as emphasis shifts from the recorded site to the new space of encounter with ‘audio', which Micah Silver calls a ‘temporary social architecture made of air’ (Figures in Air, 2015).
This workshop is aimed at artists, students and musicians with an interest in location recording. Participants must provide their own stereo recording equipment (a small handheld stereo recorder such as the Sony PCM-M10, for example), headphones, and a portable computer with multitrack audio editing software (a good low-budget option is Reaper).
To apply please send a short biography and motivation why you would like to attend, and your expectations to workshop[@]sonicacts[.]com. The deadline for application is 15 February 2017. Participants must attend the full programme. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. If we receive more applications than we can accept, a careful selection will be made based on a case-by-case consideration. A detailed schedule and more information will be sent to the selected participants.
Participants pay a €40,- contribution. Lunch will be provided.
Ernst Karel makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance, and collaborates with filmmakers and artists in making audiovisual work. Videos with multichannel sound collaborations include Ah humanity! (with Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel) and Single Stream (with Toby Lee and Pawel Wojtasik). Recent nonfiction films on which he has done sound work include The Iron Ministry, Manakamana, and Leviathan, all produced in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, where he teaches a class in sonic ethnography.
Workshop by Ernst Karel
Through Sonic Ethnography
Date: 21 & 22 February 2017
Location: STEIM, Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Tue 21 Feb - Wed 22 Feb
Ernst Karel makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance, and collaborates with filmmakers and artists in making audiovisual work.