The School of Sound

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The School of Sound is a space to learn about the creative use of sound in the arts and media. Through online events, short courses, research, reflection and our collection of writings, interviews and recorded talks, we offer you the opportunity to re-think how sound operates in the arts and media. Sound design, human sound perception, non-naturalistic sound, sound as metaphor – the topics range from the practical to the aesthetic to the metaphysical, creating a new awareness of sound for all those working in screen, gallery and audio production.

You wish to see, listen;
hearing is a step toward vision.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
 

About us

The School of Sound began in 1998 as a single, four-day event aimed at exploring the creative use of sound in the arts and media, with a special emphasis on film and screen productions. Read More »
Our archive of journal articles, audio recordings and video interviews. A mix of practice and theory. Read More »
A forum for those who teach sound, either practice or theory, to share how you inform, instruct and enlighten your students. Read More »

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Tim Harrison, Raoul Brand and Peter Strickland
In Flux: The analogue and the digital in sonic storytelling

Sound designer Tim Harrison, re-recording mixer Raoul Brand and director Peter Strickland will discuss their work on the film "Flux Gourmet" and beyond, with a focus on the interplay between analogue and digital approaches. The filmmakers will revisit the sound process of "Flux Gourmet", telling the stories behind key scenes – from melting hydrophones in miso soup, to the hunt for the perfect stomach rumble, whilst trying to maintain a sense of play through to the end of the final mix.

Inside

A collection of articles exploring the relationship of music with moving pictures from a practice-based viewpoint. Read More »

Between 1999 and 2017, Piers Plowright’s lectures, opening the School of Sound conferences, grew to become a tradition. Read More »

Martine Huvenne explains a phenomenological approach to film sound in the creative process of filmmaking. Read More »