This past week I have been giving a workshop to a group of master students in arts at the University of Agder in Kristiansand. The workshop was an introduction to working with sound in cross-disciplinary contexts.
I have given some lessons with listening examples on the history of sound, sound art and experimental music, with an emphasis on noise as musical material (Luigi Russolo and John Cage), ideas of the French acousmatic music (musique concrete, acousmatic music, reduced listening and the sonorous object), the anecdotal sound and music of Luc Ferrari, acoustic ecology and soundscape thinking (R. Murray Schafer and Hildegard Westerkamp) and some current Norwegian artists working with field recordings (Jana Winderen and Elin Øyen Vister). On a techbnical level the students have been introduced to basic sound editing using Reaper.
One of the days we went for a sound walk and did some field recordings, and the students have used the recordings to develop small projects of their own, alone or in groups, that were presented at the end of the workshop.
The above photo is from a listening exercise done one of the days. Inspired by earlier exercises by Murray Schaefer and Brandon LaBelle, we made notes of all that we heard.
December7-11 I will give a 5-day workshop introducing to work on surround sound and Ambisonics. The workshop is a collaboration between BEK and Lydgalleriet. For the first three days we’ll work at BEK, where participants are given a theoretical and hands-on introduction to the topic. For the two last days we move to Lydgalleriet, where participants can get their hands dirty playing with the 25-speaker 3D Ambisonics rig.
For more info and how to sign up, please check the BEK web site.
Last week I attended the Nowrwegian Music tech Days in Tromsø. Here are a few start notes on stuff that caught my attention.
I dream of wires is a documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of a machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer. Over 100 inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer – for many, it’s an all-consuming passion.
Some recent Norwegian ganes with interesting and deliberate sound and music design:
In Savant Access the gameplay is influenced by the embedded sound tracks.
Size Does Matter, music by Chipzel.
Myriad by Bifrost Entertainment conbines electronic and visual music.
Klang is a not yet released game by Tinimations, describes as a rhythm platform game. Expected to be released in 2016.
The COSMO project is an open source project about making a DIY effect pedal using the small and inexpensive computer Raspberry PI running Linux with Csound. We may be doing a COSMO workshop at BEK in the spring.
MuzHack is a joint effort between Arve Knudsen and Notam to produce an online hub for music technology projects. The goal is that this application should contain descriptions of the outcomes of such projects, and generally facilitate their re-production.