THE SCHOOL OF SOUND 2019

To all those working with sound, this unique forum offers an exceptional series of presentations on the creative use of sound in film, theatre, dance, television, radio, games and gallery installations. Rediscover what you love about working in sound.

24 – 27 April 2019
Southbank Centre
London

This year’s programme features sessions in filmmaking, animation, feature film sound design, arthouse, sound for documentary, theatre, silent film composition, radio, sound art, improvisation, neuroscience and much more.

Speakers include renowned sound designer Richard King (Dunkirk, Inception, Master and Commander), Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi, film sound designer Paul Davies, the Quay Brothers (Street of Crocodiles, Institute Benjamenta), theatre director Sinéad Rushe, composer and radio writer Neil Brand, sound artist Nigel Helyer, documentary filmmaker Rina Sherman, and Morten Kringelbach and Peter Vuust exploring jazz and improvisation. More speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

Details about the speakers at PROGRAMME 2019.

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There are several bursary schemes available that may provide funding for you to attend the School of Sound in April 2019.

ScreenSkills (England, Scotland, Wales and NI) has 3 bursary funds available for training to qualifying applicants. These funds are Film bursaries, High-end TV Drama bursaries and TV Diversity bursaries.

In Scotland, artists and creative practitioners can apply to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

For both schemes you should apply immediately as funds are limited and processing can take up to 3 months.

For full information go to our BURSARIES page.

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Mike Figgis is an artist who combines various disciplines. After studying music and playing with various ensembles Mike joined the experimental performance group People Show and toured extensively for ten years. After forming his own group Mike began to experiment with film and sound, combining these elements with live theatre and opera.

His first film, a one hour political fantasy for Channel 4 called The House, brought him into the domain of cinema. This was followed by a period of mainstream filmmaking which included Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas which was nominated for four Academy Awards, one for each of the actors and two for Figgis as both writer and director. Figgis also composed the score for the film.

Encouraged by the success of a more experimental and minimal approach to filmmaking, Figgis continued to push boundaries and Timecode (2000) was the first real-time digital film ever made, preceding Russian Arc by a few years.

Figgis devotes considerable time to teaching and writing books and articles on cinema techniques. 

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Swiss/Dutch singer and composer Susanne Abbuehl (*1970) has been an ECM recording artist since releasing April in 2001 and has toured worldwide with her own group. She studied jazz voice with Rachel Gould and Jeanne Lee at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, North Indian classical singing with Prabha Atre and composition with Diderik Wagenaar.

Susanne is currently Professor of jazz voice, ensemble and composing for and with words at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne as well as at the Haute Ecole de Musique HEMU in Lausanne. (photo by Mario Del Curto)

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Rod Stoneman is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. He was the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television.

Rod addresses how artists and media producers can instill greater diversity in their work – both in content and working methods – and how this thinking must begin in the universities, art and film schools. This, of course, includes ways of working with sound because, as has become clear, new styles of narrative along with evolving technology allow us to rethink the place and purpose of sound.

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Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Her practice involves an exploration of sonic autobiographies, architectural acoustics, live performance, as well as collaborations with performance and visual artists.Her works have shown at Tate Britain, the Whitechapel Gallery, The Kitchen (New York), Art Basel Miami and the Serpwntine.    

Bailey is a research student at Birkbeck, University of London (on a break in studies), and was guest professor in sound at Kunsthochschule Kassel for the winter semester 2017/2018. Recently, Bailey completed a residency at the ICA, London where she curated three events, as well creating a new composition. Currently, following a commission by Serpentine Projects, Bailey is conducting sound workshops with LGBTI+ refugees and asylum seekers.

In her talk, Bailey gives an overview of her practice leading up to current work on sonic biographies and grief.

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Built around a biography of the Soviet physicist, Lev Landau, Dau combines film, theatre, science, psychology, art, architecture and performance in an interactive experience the participant lives for 6 hours. Sound designer Rob Walker and composer Stefan Smith unveil how they created the soundtrack to this multi-faceted project involving a feature film, TV series and documentaries. Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Dau has been in production since 2006 and has its premiere in Paris on 24 January 2019.

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Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world. Neil is also a prolific radio playwright including Sony – and Tinniswood – nominated dramas Stan and Getting the Joke, as well as establishing the regular live-recorded musical series The Big Broadcast.

He will present Adventures in the Missing Sense about his twin (and complementary) roles as silent film accompanist (creating sound for solo visuals) and radio playwright (creating visuals out of sound alone).          

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With a background in electronic music, Paul Davies graduated from the sound course of the National Film and Television School in 1993. Paul became a freelance supervising sound editor and sound designer and in 2003 he established his own  company, PDsoundDesign.

Paul is best known for his long-time collaboration with director Lynne Ramsay, having created the tracks for Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin and her latest film, You Were Never Really Here. His other credits include Steve McQueens’s Hunger, John Maybury’s Love is the Devil and Stephen Frear’s The Queen.

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Dr Nigel Helyer (aka DrSonique) is a contemporary polymath whose work links Art and Science, or more accurately Poetics and Technics, in a strong embrace of the environment, identity and cultural history. He has an international reputation as a sculptor and sound-artist who creates large scale sound-sculptures, environmental artworks and inter-active projects that prompt the community to engage with their cultural histories, identity and sense of place; inviting us to examine the abstract conditions of our world and our complex relationships to it.

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Richard King has worked with directors as diverse as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir, Paul Tomas Anderson and Robert Altman, creating soundtracks for Oscar and BAFTA winning films Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Commander.

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Professor Morten L Kringelbach directs his Hedonia Research Group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prize-winning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example, music, sounds, infants, taste, sex and drugs to find ways to increase hedonia and eudaimonia – pleasure and happiness. He will discuss the notions of space, empathy and happiness in relation to jazz.

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Rosalind Nashashibi studied art in Sheffield and at Glasgow School of Art. She was awarded the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2003, exhibited as part of Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and, in 2017, was nominated for the Turner Prize.

She makes films which reveal the rhythms and patterns of everyday life, and explore the boundaries between reality and fiction. Although she uses real situations, Nashashibi is not interested in documenting real life in an anthropological manner. Rather, she is fascinated in the rituals played out by social groups, such as families, community groups and students.

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Since 1979, the Quay Brothers have created a hybrid variety of film works: Puppet animation: Street of Crocodiles, Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, The Comb, Maska, Unmistaken Hands; Live-Action films: In Absentia, Institute Benjamenta and Piano Tuner of Earthquakes; Documentaries: Anamorphosis, The Phantom Museum, Through the Weeping Glass, Inventorium of Traces; and three film collaborations for the Ballet: Duet and The Sandman for Will Tuckett and with Kim Brandstrup, Eurydice: She, So Beloved.

In conversation with Larry Sider they will explore the ways in which music and sound give life to inanimate objects.

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Theatre director Sinéad Rushe studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK where she currently teaches on the BA Acting CDT programme. She specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.

Sinéad will discuss her recent theatre production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play Night Just Before the Forests for the Macau Arts Festival in China. Performed in the round, this pathbreaking work in a new translation reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, and features a ‘quadraphonic’ live sound design by German sound artist Niels Lanz.

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Rina Sherman is a filmmaker, ethnographer and photographer. She studied with Jean Rouch, under whose supervision she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne in 1989.

In her School of Sound presentation, Rina will define her ideas around the recording and editing of sound for ethnographic films.

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Peter Vuust is a unique combination of a jazz musician and a world class scientist. As a researcher, he is Denmark’s leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up as leader of the group Music In the Brain. As a composer and bass player he has collaborated with a variety of artists, from Danish pop stars to some of the world’s major, international jazz artists. Peter will focus on improvisation in Groove on the brain – the jazz improviser’s guide to the brain.

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