Pauline Oliveros, the American composer, performer and teacher who developed the theory of “deep listening”, died last week. She was 84.
This series, produced by Sarah Blunt, is about people whose professional lives revolve around listening
For this special issue to be published in March 2017, The New Soundtrack seeks writing that accounts for shifts in thinking and practice about sound and soundtracks.
EPAS, the one-year postgraduate in sound, has places available for the term starting 1 September 2016. Applications accepted until 15 August 2016. [more]
Join Complicite in a live stream of Simon McBurney’s, The Encounter, from London’s Barbican Theatre with a ground-breaking binaural sound design. The show, described as ‘sensational (Variety) and ‘a tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought provoking’ (Financial Times) is playing a sold out run at London’s Barbican Theatre but on Tuesday, 1 March at 7.30pm, the show will be live streamed to the internet and you can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghc-DM1TVWU. [more]
As part of their new Screen School, Goldsmiths, University of London, will offer Sound Recording & Design as part of the MA Filmmaking programme. Starting in September 2016, the one-year course will be taught by Larry Sider of the School of Sound. [more]
It is readily acknowledged that sound design is an aspect of fiction filmmaking that any director or editor needs to understand. For the documentary filmmaker, however, sound is still often considered a technical necessity left to post-production. The ways sound can transform a documentary’s narrative – and how it ‘speaks’ to its audience – are too often ignored.
The course will provide you with an understanding of how soundtracks operate in documentaries, by exploring a variety of strategies for working with sound in the continually evolving forms of non-fiction screen production.
Thursdays from 14 April 2016 in Central London, taught by Larry Sider. [more]
Celebrate and explore the amazing music of video games and the extraordinary talent behind it.
The video game music industry’s event of the year. (Classic FM)
Game Music Connect is an international summit that understands gaming’s global development and is not afraid to confront the creative and economic challenges of the very near future… The conference was – and I believe will remain — an important annual event for our industry.
(Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive, Music – Electronic Arts)
Lina Pallotta and Jo Ann Kaplan present a workshop in six weekends for people developing projects with photographic images – stills or moving picture or both.
Leading contemporary sound artists and musicians – Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz OBE, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – have been commissioned to respond to a painting of their choice from the National Gallery collection. Each brand new ‘soundscape’ has been specially created for the exhibition.
Enter the competition to win a pair of tickets to this exhibition. [more]
The first edition of this course has finished. Plans are now underway to hold it again in Autumn 2015. Look at this and Open City’s website for details. [more…]
A unique series of masterclasses exploring the art of sound in film, the arts and media
Wednesday – Saturday · 8-11 April 2015 · Southbank Centre · London.
Film, dance, theatre, composition, installation, radio – IT”S ALL ABOUT SOUND!
REGISTER NOW! Only two weeks to go.
Evening events on Thursday and Friday:
Live performance by RIE NAKAJIMA, AKI ONDA and DAVID TOOP
MATTEO FARGION reading John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing
And a screening of ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN by SIOBHAN DAVIES and DAVID HINTON
The programme features presentations by
NICOLAS BECKER, PETER SELLARS, KRISTIAN EIDNES ANDERSEN, STEPHEN DEUTSCH, ÁNDE SOMBY, WALTER MURCH, JOCELYN POOK, PAULINE OLIVEROS, JOHN AKOMFRAH, IMOGEN STIDWORTHY, DICKIE BEAU, PIERS PLOWRIGHT, SIOBHAN DAVIES, MATTEO FARGION, GERHARD ECKEL, MARTIN STIG ANDERSEN, JOANNA ORLAND, JOHN BROOMHALL, NADIM MISHLAWI and RANA EID.
21-22 March 2015
University of York
The University of York presents a two-day residential course taught by industry professionals, covering professional workflows, working practices, and production and post-production processes essential to creating the most important soundtrack element: the voice.
19-20 February 2015
Huston School of Film & Digital Media
As sound theorists of film often assert that, sound and music, in general, have received less attention than other aspects of cinema. This has however been slowly changing with a body of work emerging that redresses this perceived imbalance in film studies. Through a combination of papers and listening sessions, Synch/Non-Synch seeks to build on these efforts by creating a venue for practitioners and theorists to consider the relationship between sound and the moving image, whether synchronised or non-synchronised.
Speakers: Larry Sider, K.J. Donnely, Annabelle Panborn and Danijela Kulezic-Wilson
30 March – 2 April 2015
Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
Field Studies is a four-day masterclass led by acclaimed international artists and composers, complemented by a programme of workshops, evening lectures, screenings and performances. First taught in 2010 and originally conceived as a field-recording course exploring sound in the context of architecture and the city, Field Studies attracts students from many different backgrounds due to the course’s eccentric curriculum and the people who teach it. [… more]
Gustavo Costantini returns to London to present Music Strategies in Narrative Filmmaking and The Editor At Work: Thematic Subtexts, Dramatic Patterns and Rhythms on consecutive weekends at the The London Film School.
Presented by LFS Workshops
29-30 November 2014
A School of Sound Masterclass Series at the London Film School
LFS Workshops is proud to collaborate with The School of Sound on this two-day masterclass series. Building on the success of our recent sound courses, the seminars are aimed at those working in screen-based media, and offer three further perspectives on the use of sound and music in filmmaking.
Larry Sider, Annabelle Pangborn and Stephen Deutsch will each deliver a half-day seminar demonstrating the interrelationship between sound, music, image and story. The programme will include a discussion of strategies and concepts for working with sound and music, from pre- to post-production.
With particular relevance for directors, writers and producers as well as sound designers, editors and composers.
Saturday-Sunday · 25-26 October 2014 · LFS Workshops · Covent Garden · London
12 September 2014, Dept of Theatre, Film and TV, University of York
Can you imagine what ozone pollution sounds like?
Could a singing bowl, made with your own blood pressure data, help focus your mind on a healthy lifestyle?
Would birdsong convince you to reduce your energy consumption?
If you love sound and music, and work or have a keen interest in health and the environment, then this conference is for you! (more …)
by Nick Abrahams
In association with The School of Sound
‘Lions & Tigers & Bears’ is the title of the exhibition and a limited 7 inch single by Nick Abrahams. The exhibition is at the Horse Hospital, opening Friday 27th June and closing on Saturday 19th July. During the exhibition there will be related screenings, talks, live music.
For further information, go to the Horse Hospital website.
28 June – 19 July 2014 · 6–9 pm · The Horse Hospital · London
The School of Sound and the Barbican present
MUSIC OF THE WILD – The sound of the living world
Three leading talents explore the converging spheres of sound and music
The sonic realm of the living world consists of three essential acoustic sources: non-biological natural, non-human organisms and human-generated sound. Together in any combination, these sources make up what is known as the soundscape. Human acoustic cultural expression historically draws from the first two of these and has evolved from its wild origins into both music and language. This programme investigates the converging spheres of sound and music, from outdoors into the concert hall and the gallery.
Sunday, 6 July 2014 · 2–5.30 pm · The Barbican · Cinema 1 · London
by Seán Street
This book explores the connections between sound and memory across all electronic media, with a particular focus on radio. Street explores our capacity to remember through sound and how we can help ourselves preserve a sense of self through the continuity of memory. In so doing, he analyzes how the brain is triggered by the memory of programs, songs, and individual sounds. He then examines the growing importance of sound archives, community radio and current research using GPS technology for the history of place, as well as the potential for developing strategies to aid Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through audio memory.
Published by Routledge · 24 July 2014.
The School of Sound is offering a consultancy for directors, writers and producers who wish to know more about sound and creating soundtracks. These bespoke sessions are designed to explore how you can best integrate sound into your project at the pre-production stage.
For information, contact Larry Sider at firstname.lastname@example.org.