Sound Ethnographies Workshop @ UnionDocs
I’ll be teaching an afternoon session as part of Jen Heuson’s Sound Ethnographies workshop at UnionDocs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Friday Sept 9th to Sunday Sept 11th, 10am-5pm.
I’ll focus on expanded recording techniques, listening and creating works in spaces (using physical locations for installation). Then I’ll share some DIY techniques for microphone construction and lead a field recording practicum.
More info and registration here:
From the website:
This three-day intensive will immerse participants in using sound to understand and document the world. Through critical listening exercises, practical demonstrations, guest presentations, readings and discussions, students will explore what sound is and what it does, learning to critically and ethically integrate sound recording and sound research into their artistic and scholarly practices. Over the course of the workshop, students will develop a range of sound recording techniques and will learn to craft stories, arguments and artworks from recorded sounds.
Sound scholar and filmmaker Jen Heuson will introduce the practical methods and theoretical debates of sound ethnography to nonfiction media makers, artists and scholars in this intensive. Participants will have the unique opportunity to develop skills and workshop current projects with guests working in a range of fields, including sound art, radio, music, film, anthropology and media studies.
Workshop topics will include: understanding sound basics; sound walking and mapping; field recording techniques; DIY microphone construction; sound editing; working with sound and image; developing stories and arguments with sound; engaging audiences in critical listening; noise and silence politics; soundscape study and sound heritage; and the ethics of sound recording. The workshop is designed to introduce participants to a range of approaches that include sound ethnography, acoustic ecology, archaeoacoustics, ethnomusicology, and aural heritage. Scholars and audiophiles of all types are encouraged to attend.
Pond Station on Australian Radio
The Australian national broadcaster ABC recently profiled Wave Farm for their Soundproof program. They took a detailed listen to the installations on the property, including clips from my Pond Station installation.
Balance-Unbalance Conference: Live Streaming Panel
I’ve been invited to take part in an online panel tonight for the Balance-Unbalance 2016 Conference in Manizales, Colombia. The conference focuses on sound, art, and the environment. Our panel discusses the potential for a worldwide open microphone network to become a resource for artists, researchers and activists working around acoustics and ecology.
Grant Smith, (Manizales, CO, soundtent.org ): Reveil / Soundcamp and the Live Audio Archive.
John Grzinich, (Estonia / maaheli.ee ): Streaming the dawn chorus from Estonia for Reveil/soundCamp
Maria Papadomanolaki, (London / voicesoundtext.com ): Sonic Perceptual Ecologies + Transient streams
Dawn Scarfe (London, UK, dawnscarfe.co.uk ): Reflections from Bivvy Broadcasts and Estonia
Zach Poff (NY, USA, zachpoff.com ): Pond Station: live sounds from a pond in upstate New York
Shimotoku Daisuke (Tokyo, JP/ www.cyberforest.jp ): The cyberforest programme at the Un of Tokyo
Jiyeon Kim (Jeju Island, S Korea / teum11.wordpress.com ): Streaming from Wasan-Ri for Reveil
Eric Leonardson (Manizales, CO / ericleonardson.org ): The Radius soundcamp in Chicago
Leah Barclay (Brisbane, AU / leahbarclay.com ): The Biospheres Soundscapes programme.
Creative Tech Week 2016
I was part of a panel with Galen Joseph-Hunter (Wave Farm), Heidi Neilson, and Ian Vanek called Environmental Transmission Works, Site-specific Installations at Wave Farm, part of Creative Tech Week 2016. We discussed our long-term outdoor projects at Wave Farm. (audio at link above)
I was honored to contribute to REVEIL 2016, where my Pond Station installation was featured in the UTC -4 timezone. REVEIL relays the sounds of live open microphones provided by streamers around the world. This year we even heard birds filtering through the water and into the hydrophones.
Starting on the morning of Saturday 30 APR just before daybreak in Rotherhithe near the Greenwich Meridian, the Reveil broadcast tracks the sunrise west from microphone to microphone, following the wave of sound that loops the earth every 24 hours.
Sounds are provided by the Locus Sonus network and other streamers, together with a collection of live audio sources assembled for this broadcast.
REVEIL is different from the vast majority of radio available online: it is not dedicated mainly to music or talk, and none of it is pre recorded. Each sound is propagating live somewhere in real time.
Updated Live Video Delay
My Live Video Delay software just got an update. (Actually it was from last year but I forgot to upload it!)
New features include a Mirror Image checkbox and an option for Auto Full-Screen.
DIY 16mm Film to HD Transfer
I’m slowly documenting the DIY 16mm transfer machine I built for Cooper Union Art School. It produces sharp 1080p transfers from color and B&W reversal, print, and negative films.
The page will evolve as time permits, but it will never be a step-by-step guide to building your own. Consider it as inspiration!
Livewire With Microkingdom
On October 23rd I joined Baltimore-based Microkingdom for a live set at the University of Maryland, part of the sixth Livewire Festival of New Music.
I played live looping and layering as well as granular synth transformations of speech fragments recorded during the Sun Dialogs radio project this summer.
We took full advantage of the beautiful Meyer surround system and variable acoustics of the university’s Music Box performance space.
Witnesses Trikaya @ Ottawa School of Art
N.B.Aldrich and I debuted a new installation called Witnesses: Trikaya at Ottawa School of Art in Ontaria Canada.
In Witnesses: Trikaya, circuit-bent Buddhist chantboxes respond to footage of Chinese incursions in Tibet.
The show is up until Nov 22 2015. Complete documentation will follow.
Lots of updates to D.I.Y. section
I recently updated the D.I.Y. Resources section of this site:
- An LED lamp for my workbench made of flexible coolant hose
- Experiments with hacking FM transmitters to creat reliable short range radio links
- Adding synchronized digital sound to a Steenbeck 16mm flatbed film editor
- Fixing intermittent frozen trackpad problems on an Acer laptop
- Testing cheap USB 7.1 audio interfaces on Mac OS X
Also, all audio clips are now streamed via html5, so they should work on mobile devices. (Sorry, most of the videos are still Flash for now.)