UnionDocs Workshop: Expanded Sound Design

I taught a session for the Creative Field Recording For Expanded Sound Design workshop at UnionDocs in April 2017. Maile Colbert led the workshop and other instructors included Andrea Williams, Bonnie Jones, Kevin T. Allen, Monteith McCollum and Raquel Castro.

In my session, we will establish techniques for capturing compelling sounds with microphones, contact mics, hydrophones, and electromagnetic sensors. It is intended for beginners as well as experienced recordists who want to expand their sonic palette. First we discuss sound physics and perception to inform our microphone choices and placement. We will practice specific techniques to establish scale and perspective in the field, then approach the same sites with unconventional DIY sensors. Throughout the workshop we will discuss often-overlooked details like wind protection, storage, and equipment advice for all budgets.