An Introduction to Soundscape Composition


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40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE, UK

Event details

10 May - 7 Jun, 2023
£300 / £270 Students / £250 UCL Students

This in-person course is for beginners looking to work creatively and develop their skills in field recording to produce their own soundscape composition. We will look at fundamental theoretical and conceptual debates in the area, the basics of field recording, acoustic ecology and soundwalking, how to get started with Reaper and how to creatively compose with environmental recordings. At the end of the course, you will have a collection of your own field recordings to work with in the future and a completed soundscape composition. This course engages with and intersects art, climate change, ecology, soundscape, field recording and musical composition.

Participants are required to bring their own headphones and are welcome to bring any field recording equipment if they have any
No previous experience is required but some basic audio knowledge would be useful
Participants will be expected to complete small listening and practical tasks outside of class

Learning outcomes:

Gain confidence using field recording equipment through practical sessions
Engage with a new way of listening and working with environmental sounds
Gain an understanding of fundamental theory and history of soundscape composition
Learn how to use the DAW Reaper
Learn useful skills and methodologies in creating an engaging soundscape composition that are transferable and can be used in the context of soundwalks, performances, radio, film, installation and more

Course outline
The following topics are only indicative:

Session 1
Field recording

Session 2
Soundscape Composition
Acoustic Ecology
Getting started with Reaper 1

Session 3
Soundwalking and Sound Maps
Getting started with Reaper 2

Session 4
Getting started with Reaper 3
Soundscape Composition (creative composition)

Session 5
Tutorials and sharing session of final works

“Nikki is a very thorough and efficient teacher, her way of explaining the practical elements made it so enjoyable and her course materials were very in depth.” – Previous course participant

“Nikki is a great teacher, very fun, knowledgeable and thoughtful. Highly recommend her class if you want to learn and produce a soundscape composition.” – Previous course participant

This course takes place across 5 Wednesday evenings (10th May to 7th June 2023), from 6:30 to 9pm.

Booking closes at 12pm on Monday 27th February.

If you have any enquiries regarding this course, please contact [email protected] or call +442031084774.

Near 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE, UK

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