The School of Sound


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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Stuart Wilson
Features Location Sound Recording

Having worked for over thirty years as a production sound recordist (sound mixer), Stuart Wilson has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and seven BAFTAs winning an Oscar and a Bafta for Best Sound for 1917. In this session, Stuart explores the creative and technical skills that make sound recording fundamental to understanding characters and stories.

Steve Whitford
The Truth of Sound: Recording Realist Documentaries - 'Being There'

Steve Whitford is uniquely placed as a documentary sound recordist who, after over 25 years of production experience, entered academia and created a body of insightful research exploring the role of sound recording. In the first of two parts, Whitford explores both the historical and conceptual background that informs location sound.


Taught by Ania Przygoda this online course provides an introduction to the principles of sound editing and design for film and TV. 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 »