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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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.

Listening to Shadows
Seán Street explores the work of Piers Plowright

From 1998 to 2017, the BBC radio features producer Piers Plowright traditionally gave the opening talk at the biennial School of Sound international festivals celebrating the world of audio in its many forms. Seán Street shares extracts from these talks, as well as from Plowright’s radio oeuvre, and some personal recollections of their friendship. Found sound, music, the human voice, and - underlying everything - the silence of creative possibility: these were just some of the working tools of Piers Plowright. This will be an opportunity to revisit them, through the ears and voice of Plowright himself.


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 »