Participants in this workshop will collect sounds from around the island of Montreal in the production of an online “soundmap” as well as creative audio compositions that will be compiled into a professionally manufactured CD. Sessions with the workshop leaders will take place over the course of two weekends, with two weeks in between to allow for individual progress on audio compositions. Participants will be instructed in the use of a selection of mobile audio field recording technologies and studio equipment.
The workshop will focus on making geolocated audio field recordings in different places and events such as the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women March on the Island of Montreal. Those recordings will be planned in advance in order to record a variety of scenarios. These recordings could involve simply documenting the sounds of a space or event, or the use of traditional and modern instruments or vocal techniques to cause a space to resonate back in response. Such actions will be conceived as ways of reclaiming spaces and transforming how we understand them--revealing hidden layers of significance.
The recorders used to gather these sounds will register the locations visited, allowing them to be uploaded to the soundmap, along with photographs, the date and time of the recordings, titles and other relevant information. The online map will also act as a shared resource in terms of the sounds the participants will use in the composition part of the workshop.
This project is made possible thanks to the Programme montréalais d'action culturelle of Ville de Montréal.