The School of Sound International Symposium

A unique series of masterclasses exploring the art of sound in film, the arts and media


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


Since 1998, the SOS has established itself as the major forum for the creative use of sound in media and the arts. The four-day masterclass series introduces the audience to an eclectic group of speakers from cinema, theatre, radio, dance, sound art, music, architecture and games. They include professional practitioners, artists and educators who reveal the methods and creative thinking that lie behind the most effective uses of sound and music in screen, installation and audio production.

If you work in film, television, commercials, music, theatre, radio or multimedia – whether in entertainment or the arts – this event will convince you of the extraordinary potential of the soundtrack.

The discussions have grown wider and deeper but at the heart of every presentation is how we experience sound, that is, how we listen.

The SOS is a meeting of practitioners, artists, academics and students from around the world. Some 300 people from up to 40 countries attend each SOS, immersing themselves in a programme that is as useful for the director, producer or screenwriter as it is for the sound designer and composer. Sound in storytelling, sonic environments, human sound perception – the topics range from the practical to the aesthetic to the abstract.

At the SOS you will not learn about hardware or software. But we can introduce you to the ideas of creatives working at the cutting edge of sound production and inspire you to say, “I never thought of working that way.”

Below are programmes from past years to give you an idea of the speakers and the topics they covered.

Symposium 2015 >

Symposium 2013 >

Symposium 2011 >

Symposium 2009 >

Symposium 2007 >