Audio-Mobile: Field recording, sound mapping and audio creation with mobile phones

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Audio-Mobile: Field recording, sound mapping and audio creation with mobile phones

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Workshop December 1-2 and 8-9, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm

Registration
October 31 to November 29, 2012

To listen to the participants' audio performances:

Download all the Audio Files in a single ZIP file (40 Mb)

Credits: Céline Lecomte, George Stamos, Helen Verbanz, Jonathan Desjardins, Lori Edmons, Nikki Forest, Pascale Malaterre, Shereen Soloman, Johanna Pederson.

For more videos and information: http://audio-mobile.org/oborodec2012

Have you ever found yourself wishing you could capture an extraordinary sound, but without an audio recorder in your possession? The recent exponential growth in mobile technology use presents exciting new horizons for spontaneous audio recording. Mobile media devices such as smart phones and MP3 players can be used as sophisticated audio recorders and are eminently ready-to-hand while on the move.

Mobile media devices also present new ways to organize and work with sound files through their "locative media" potential, as recordings can be ‘tagged’ with GPS data from the original location, along with date, time, title, conditions and other relevant notes. The same device can be used to take photos linked to the audio recordings, useful as mnemonic tools for later file recognition. Mobile media devices also afford powerful systems for sharing files through instantaneous uploading to online storage systems (cloud computing, Google Maps, and other custom applications). Lastly, they provide fascinating production opportunities of their own accord, through the increasing variety of free or low-cost audio-production/recording "apps".

Owen Chapman and Samuel Thulin are two sound artists with extensive experience in mobile field recording. Chapman has also designed an iPhone audio-field recording and sound-mapping app entitled "Audio-Mobile" that will be featured prominently in this workshop. Created for artists and professionals in various disciplines wishing to experiment with cutting-edge mobile sound recording and production software, the workshop will also explore various creative ways to organize and remix recordings, including mobile sound controllers, soundmaps and digital turntablism.

*This workshop will be conducted in French and English.

Prerequisites
- 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: 10 people
Registration period: October 31 to November 29, 2012
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514 844-3250, ext. 230 or lab@oboro.net.
Cost: $120
Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-2 and 8-9, 2012, from 10 am to 5 pm.

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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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Owen Chapman

Owen Chapman is an audio artist whose work involves sample-based music, video projection, contact microphones and old electronic instruments. He is director of the Montreal Mobile Media Lab, located in the Communication Studies department at Concordia University, where he is also an assistant professor in Sound Production and Scholarship. In 2011, he completed a Writing Audio Art residency at OBORO, resulting in a publication in the January 2012 edition of esse arts + opinions magazine.  

Samuel Thulin

Samuel Thulin is a researcher, musician and media artist living in Montreal. His work is concerned with concepts of mobility, place, and sound, as well as the history of media and technology. He is a member of the Mobile Media Lab and PhD candidate in the Communication Studies department at Concordia University.

Stéphane Claude

Stéphane Claude is an electronic_acoustic composer and sound engineer. His research integrates conceptual and physiological frameworks for sound installations and performances. His interests are in the communication of physical and formal aesthetics as transductive experiences, through the exploration of digital signal processing, parameters of acoustics and sound in spaces. He is the co-founder of the art research unit Ælab with artist and professor Gisèle Trudel. The work of Ælab is shown internationally.