Hildegard Westerkamp returns to School of Sound

The composer, sound artist and acoustic ecologist, Hildegard Westerkamp, will make her second appearance at the School of Sound in April.

Westerkamp’s work focuses on listening, environmental sound and acoustic ecology. She was a member of the original World Soundscape Project, working with R. Murray Schafer; has taught courses in Acoustic Communication at Simon Fraser University with Barry Truax; has worked with writers Norbert Ruebsaat and Sharon Thesen, with photographer Florence Debeugny and has conducted soundscape workshops and given concerts and lectures internationally. Some of her compositional work appears in US filmmaker Gus van Sant’s films Elephant and Last Days and most recently in Vancouver filmmaker Nettie Wild’s stunning film Koneline – Our Land Beautiful.

By focusing the ears’ attention to details in the acoustic environment, her compositional work draws attention to the act of listening itself and to the inner, hidden spaces of the environment we inhabit.

In addition to her presentation at the School of Sound, she will give a concert as part of the Sound of Memory Symposium on the evening of 22 April.   [more]

Patsy Rodenburg joins April programme

In discussions of sound or sound design, the voice is often ignored or placed within more theoretical contexts. But it’s a topic that has been addressed by School of Sound speakers as diverse as David Lynch, Imogen Stidworthy and Piers Plowright who explored notions of narrative, emotion, space and attention, through the subtleties of human speech.
We’ll return to this subject with Patsy Rodenburg, recognised as one of the world’s leading voice and acting coaches.

Patsy is the Head of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (26 years) and until recently at the Total National Theatre (16 years). Previously, she was in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for nine years and also works with The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar and Almeida Theatre, London. She also has worked extensively with many of the great world theatres including the Moscow Art Theatre, Complicite, Cheek by Jowl, Comedie-Francaise, etc.   [more]


Catherine Alexander joins 2017 lineup

Theatre director, actor and teacher Catherine Alexander will speak at the 2017 School of Sound, being held in London from 19 – 22 April.

Catherine presents Sound, Acting and Theatre Making: Using sound as part of actor training, text analysis and theatre devising processes.
“In theatre we can become over reliant on visual elements storytelling and spoken text. I have been exploring how to use sound with actors to discover and communicate dramatic, literal, dynamic and emotional spaces as part of an embodied ‘felt’ experience.”

Mychael Danna added to School of Sound 2017 prograamme

Mychael Danna, the Academy Award-winning composer known for his blending of non-Western music with orchestral and electronic music, is the latest addition to the 2017 School of Sound programme. Mychael won the Oscar for his score to Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. He is also known for his many collaborations with Atom Egoyan, having written the music for Ararat, The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica. Other credits include Moneyball, Capote, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, Little Miss Sunshine and The Good Dinosaur.

Announcing: The School of Sound International Symposium 2017

For the 12th edition, artists, practitioners, creatives, teachers and students will gather from around the world for four days of talks, presentations and discussions about the creative use of sound across media and the arts.

We are delighted to announce the first group of speakers for the 2017 School of Sound.

Sarah Turner, filmmaker and lecturer, director of Public House

Hans Peter Kuhn, sound artist and composer for theatre and opera

Werner Cee, sound artist

Adam Roberts and Joanna Hogg, filmmakers presenting the work of Chantal Akerman

George Home-Cook, author of Theatre and Aural Attention: Stretching Ourselves

Julian Henriques, “Thinking Through Sound – and Learning from Jamaican Bass/ Base Culture” – reggae sound systems and the embodiment of sound

Peter Middleton and James Spinney, directors of Notes on Blindness

and Piers Plowright, radio documentary and features producer.

Registration is now open.

More names will be announced in the coming weeks


The Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track/Sound-scape

22 – 24 April 2017
Whitechapel Gallery and Goldsmiths

The Sound of Memory Symposium explores creative works and ideas situated at the interface of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies, where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. The overarching thematic is an exploration of how individual and cultural memory resonates in the shaping of social space. The Symposium will explore the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place. [Details of programme and instructions for submissions]