Programme 2017



19 – 22 April 2017
Regent’s University
Regent’s Park



For our 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.


What is the School of Sound?
The School of Sound is an intensive four day event created to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to using sound in the arts and media. We explore what sound does, how we listen, and where that takes us.

It is a place where you can raise your awareness of how audio production works, how it conveys information and emotion, how you can work with it.

Sound always seems to be occupying areas of ambiguity – the emotional, the subtext, the intuitive, the borders between reality and fantasy, the conscious and the subconscious. But how do you think about something so ephemeral? And how do you teach it?

Through a series of talks and masterclasses, you’ll be immersed in a world of imagination, invention and innovation. Listening to presentations from a diversity of incredible talents, you will be able to reflect on sound as something that is profoundly complex, entertaining and important.

Why attend the School of Sound?
The SOS provides a rare opportunity to hear and meet a group of creatives working at the highest levels of the arts and media speaking in detail about how they think and work.

And the SOS is not about just one area of sound production. It covers film, theatre, dance, installation, music and radio, allowing you to expand your thinking and increase your ability to work across various media and the arts.

At the SOS you will find yourself part of a specialist group of people – professional practitioners, educators, artists and students from around the world – with whom you can network, exchange ideas and create collaborations. You won’t learn how to use hardware or software. But it will move you to say, “I never thought of working that way.”


At the 2015 event, Walter Murch shared this quote with us:

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

                                                                                                                         Antoine de Saint-Exupery

At the School of Sound we reflect on how we approach sound – what we do and why. We explore sound from all perspectives, in all its forms. The topics range from the practical to the aesthetic to the metaphysical. You will become aware of the endless immensity of sound.


The programme for the April 2017 School of Sound includes:

Gideon Koppel, filmmaker and artist, director of sleep furiously, Prof Emeritus of Film at Aberystwyth University.

Hildegard Westerkamp, composer, sound artist and acoustic ecologist; member of the original World Soundscape Project with R. Murray Schafer.

Stephen Deutsch, composer, author, sound designer.

Patsy Rodenburg, Master Voice and Shakespeare teacher


Mychael Danna, composer known for his blending of non-Western music with orchestral and electronic music, winner of the 2012 Oscar for his score to Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

Honor Beddard, curator at the Wellcome Collection


Hans Peter Kuhn, sound artist and composer


Sarah Turner, filmmaker and lecturer, director of Public House


Werner Cee, sound artist, presents ‘I Used To Be a Painter’.

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Adam Roberts, writer and filmmaker, 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

Catherine Alexander, theatre director, actor and teacher presents Sound, Acting and Theatre Making: Using sound as part of actor training, text analysis and theatre devising processes.


Peter Middleton and James Spinney, directors of Notes on Blindness

Piers Plowright, radio producer and presenter. In Ghost Voices, Plowright, considers the immediacy and power of the human voice and what it tells and doesn’t tell us. And what listening might tell us about looking.

More names will be announced in the coming weeks.


To get an idea of the School of Sound programme, look at the Symposium 2015 and Past Symposia pages.

Registration is now open. Go to Registration and Fees.

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