Sonic arts: creativity with sound
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: MK704
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Sonic art is the creative use of sound beyond the traditional boundaries of music. This course is intended as an introduction to some key areas in this broad and exciting field, with a focus on hands-on exploration. The course will inform and develop your enthusiasm for artistic creativity with sound, and enable you to create your own works.
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?
An introduction to sonic art: its diverse approaches, and its relationship with music and fine art practice. Examples will range from contemporary sound artists such as Christine Sun Kim, Onyx Ashanti and the Susan Philipsz’s Turner Prize-winning sound installations to the earlier works of John Cage, Delia Derbyshire and Pierre Schaeffer [external websites]
- Developing creative practice: your own approach to making sonic art
- Using technology to create performances, installations, or recorded works
- Using handheld recording devices and audio editing software.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- discuss sound works, your own projects, and the work of others on the course
- create a simple circuit to play sounds from a computer
- combine these techniques to develop your own pieces, in the form of a recording, performance, or sound installation.
- record and edit sounds using handheld microphones and software.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior musical or technical skills are required, but the course will also cater for students with previous experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, practical work, technical notes, and instruction as a member of a group or individually, as appropriate to the session. Work on your own projects outside the class is optional.
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 appropriate equipment and software.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
BBC radiophonic workshop techniques, Recording yourself at home, Max/MSP
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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.