Audio Art / Site Specific Recording and Audio Design

© A-F. Jacques, 2012

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© A-F. Jacques, 2012

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Audio Art / Site Specific Recording and Audio Design

Assistant pédagogique: 

November 10-11 and 24-25, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm

October 17 to November 8, 2012

Participants' installations:
(video by Jonathan Desjardins)

Atelier Audio in situ / Site Specific Audio Workshop @ OBORO from Oboro Goboro on Vimeo.

Atelier Audio in situ / Site-specific audio Workshop @ OBORO from Oboro Goboro on Vimeo.

To listen to the sound walk field recording of the installations:

Right-click to download as MP3 (88 Mb)
Recording: Anne-Françoise Jacques
Sound mixing: Stéphane Claude and Anne-Françoise Jacques
Workshop participants: Étienne Rochon, Louis Cummins, Marie-France Légaré, Jonathan Desjardins, Pohanna Pyne Feinberg

There has been a growing interest in audio art within the media arts scene over the past decade, and phonography has played a key part in this phenomenon. This workshop will explore creative and technical aspects of the recording process and in-the-field sound design. It is open to artists of all levels and disciplines.

Sound artists work more and more outside of the studio and are often put in situations where they must compose in hybrid spaces, in galleries, outside, on the road, in the wild… These spaces come with their own modes of operation and their own potentials for evocation. Through workshops and hands-on exercises, the participants will explore different ways of recording and designing sound outside of the studio context. They will be introduced to a whole range of compositional avenues made possible by recent portable equipment and site-specific playback technologies. Emphasis will be placed on experimentation, and participants will be encouraged to try out new ideas. Methods explored will help them to integrate site-specific phonography into their practices, with some help from a variety of unconventional sound generators.

The workshop will deal with different aspects of portable sound recording and methods of sound capture: preparing experimental playback devices adapted to sound dissemination in the field and exploring various possibilities in both performative and installation-based site-specific audio intervention.

*This workshop will be conducted in French and English.

- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.

*Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)

Number of participants: 12 people
Registration period: October 17 to November 8, 2012
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514 844 3250, ext. 230 or
Cost: $120
Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, November 10-11 and 24-25, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be done by phone or email. Full payment must be made for inscription to be valid. You can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Inscription to a workshop is not transferable.

Cancellation / Refunding
OBORO does not refund inscription fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, inscription fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, inscription fees are totally refunded.

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Anne-Françoise Jacques

Living in Montreal, Anne-Françoise Jacques has had an active sound art practice since 2004. She regularly performs alone and in various collectives (such as Minibloc and Fünf), produces sound installations and creates soundtracks for the animated films of Julie Doucet. Her work has been presented in various festivals, including Mutek (Montreal), Send&Receive (Winnipeg), Club Transmediale (Berlin), VIVA! Art Action (Montreal), MEM (Bilbao), Sonoscopia (Porto), and artist-run centres, including Centre Clark, Séquence, Action Art Actuel, L’Œil de poisson, Espace Cercle Carré, le GRAVE, as well as in various bucolic or unusual places, such as parks, a metro entrance and under stairs. She toured and performed in Japan, in November 2014. Her most recent recordings are available via Crustacés Tapes, a project for postal sound distribution.

Stéphane Claude

Stéphane Claude is an electronic_acoustic composer and sound engineer. His research is based on integrating a conceptual and physiological framework of audio recording and sound installation for different diffusion contexts in the electronic arts. His interests gravitate around the communication of a formal aesthetics, as transductive experiences of the electronic medium, the exploration of digital signal processing, the parameters of acoustics and sound in spaces. His work has been published by ATAK(JP), LINE, DRAGON’S EYE RECORDINGS (US), ORAL (CA), among others. He is the co-founder of the art research unit Ælab with artist and professor Gisèle Trudel. The work of Ælab has been shown internationally.  As an audio consultant, he participates in the conception, production and integration of presentation spaces, of specialized analog and digital creation and production studios for artist run centers, institutions and independant sites.