Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MK572
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will inform and develop your enthusiasm for artistic creativity with sound, and enable you to create your own works. We will explore interaction with sound to create interactive sound installations to play back your own sounds on your existing equipment, or using cheap, easily available components.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- open-source approaches and recognising diversity in sound art
- basic electronics theory and practice: components, connections, and safety
- Building synthesisers using simple, cheap components
- Putting elements together to play or embed in a group sound installation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- develop ideas for your own sound art projects
- build your own devices to create and control sounds (but don't expect to play a tune!)
- record and edit sounds using handheld microphones and software
- discuss your own projects, and the work of others on the course
- combine techniques to develop your own pieces, in the form of a recording, performance, or sound installation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You do not need previous musical experience, but some familiarity with computers andor elctronics is needed. The course will cater for students working at different levels.
Most importantly, you need an open mind!
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Live interactive sessions via Zoom:
- Tutor-led demonstrations and group work
- Practical time to develop projects, including individual support as needed
- Lots of play!
Resources will be provied via Google Classroom, which will also have a message board for group discussion, and to support work between sessions.
Work on your own projects outside the class is optional but very much encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a computer or tablet, with capacity to record and edit audio. The tutor will make recommendations for other appropriate equipment and software.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also be interested in BBC radiophonic workshop techniques, Recording yourself at home, or other music technology courses. For further advice email the Music office.
Music also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble, music theory, musicianship, songwriting and composition courses.
Charles Matthews is a sound artist and audio programmer whose practice ranges from interactive installations to bespoke accessible instruments in both physical and online spaces. Charles started producing music online in 1998 as a DJ on the UK's first online pirate radio station, interFACE. Having toured the UK and Europe with electronic label Seed Records, he went on to study gamelan music at the Indonesian Institiute for the Arts in Surakarta, and has a PhD in algorithmic composition adapted for Javanese music theory. His Augmented Gamelan project (a live ensemble with integrated electronic sound and light) has been presented at the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, the Muziekgebow on the IJ in Amsterdam, the György-Ligeti-Saal in Graz, and an empty swimming pool in Kilburn. More recent activities include sound pieces made out of hand-held vibrating torches, analysis of brainwaves, and the movement of single-celled creatures. Charles is currently establishing collaborations between the UK and Canada as Maker in Residence at Milieux Institute, Montreal.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.