The School of Sound Debrief: Twelve Takeaway Thoughts from Piers Plowright


After the long buildup, the 12th School of Sound has now past. We’d like to thank all those who took part – the audience, the technical team and, most of all, the wonderful speakers who triggered all sorts of ideas, insights and visions over the four days.

We loved meeting as many people as we could, over 200 from around the world. Please keep in touch.

And here are Piers Plowright’s Twelve Takeaway Thoughts summing up the presentations:


THE LYRE-BIRD HEARS EVERYTHING AND PLAYS IT BACK
Mike Gunton

NARRATIVE IS THE COMPONENT THAT UNITES DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA
Gideon Koppel

THE EAR HEARS BUT THE BRAIN LISTENS
Adam Roberts

IN THE DESERT THE MICROPHONE LIKE THE EAR HAS TO SEARCH FOR SOUND
Hildegard Westerkamp

MOVING INTO THE RAIN FOR A BLINDMAN IS LIKE DRAWING A CURTAIN TO LET IN THE MORNING SUN FOR A SIGHTED PERSON
John Hull, quoted by Peter Middleton and James Spinney

MUSIC SAYS ‘BE PATIENT THESE THINGS ARE RELATED’
Mychael Danna on working with Atom Egoyan

THOMAS TALLIS INVENTED SURROUND SOUND
Mark Underwood

AS A SILENT FILM PIANIST I’M THE CHARACTER YOU DON’T SEE
Neil Brand

TRUTH IS NOT MUMBLING
Patsy Rodenburg

UNLIKE THE IMAGE SOUND IS PRESENT AND ABSENT AT THE SAME TIME
Walter Murch

FILM IS A VERY COMPLEX REPRESENTATION OF TIME
Annabelle Pangborn

CHICKENS AND HUMAN BEINGS HAVE A LOT IN COMMON
Hans Peter Kuhn