Author Archives : Larry Sider

Registration and Fee

24 – 27 April 2019
Southbank Centre

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.

Register at REGISTRATION and FEES 2019.


Bursaries for 2019 School of Sound

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.

Rod Stoneman

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.


Ain Bailey

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.


The Sound of DAU: Rob Walker and Stefan Smith

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.


April programme: Neil Brand

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).          


April Programme: Paul Davies

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.


April Programme: Nigel Helyer

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.


April programme: Prof Morten Kringelbach

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.


April programme: Rosalind Nashashibi

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.


April programme: The Quay Brothers

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.


April programme: Sinéad Rushe

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.