Active Listening Field Recording Workshop w/ Simon Whetham

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Special to MSPS New Music Festival 2013, guest artist Simon Whetham of Bristol, UK, will hold an Active Listening & Field Recording Workshop. The same workshop will be offered twice in order to facilitate smaller groups. Each day is limited to 10 participants. The first opportunity is on Sunday, October 6 and the workshop repeats on Monday, October 7, both between 10am and 4pm. Please select the day that is most convenient for you and RSVP as soon as possible. Space is limited Free to the public, the workshop will be held at the Shreveport Waterworks Museum, 142 N. Common, Downtown Shreveport, which is the site of the MSPS New Music Festival. Please share this with anyone you think would like to take advantage of the unique opportunity!!!!!!
About the Workshop:
10AM-12PM: Sound artist Simon Whetham will give an introduction to his work, playing examples and explaining his methods. Following, he will take the group for a guided blindfolded walk to explore the concepts of Active Listening.
Break for Lunch (Lunch is not provided so this is an opportunity to sample nearby eateries).
1PM-4PM: Simon will lead the group in an exploration of the locale with digital recorders and various microphones to find hidden and discreet sounds to present at the end of the session.
About Simon Whetham:
Over the past eight years Simon Whetham has developed a practice of working with sound recordings as a raw material for composition. These are often environmental sounds he has captured employing a variety of methods and techniques, in order to obtain discreet or obscured sonic phenomena. In removing sound from it’s source, and often amplifying it significantly, it becomes much more abstract – familiar, yet otherworldly. More recently, when presenting work in a performance or installation, for him the space and the objects within become instruments to be played.
Simon has a large number of works published through many specialist organizations, including Touch Music, Cronica, Dragon's Eye, Monochrome Vision and Entracte; has performed extensively internationally; collaborated with artists from musicians to performance artists, painters to video artists, dancers to poets; has run listening and field recording workshops in UK, Estonia, Colombia, Chile and Australia; and received a large number of commissions and awards for projects and installations – notably for his own project Active Crossover
A further development of Simon’s practice is the participation in the arts education project RED Artes Visuales de Medellín in Colombia, where he ran workshop sessions for 7 different groups of schoolchildren aged between 8 and 18 years old, each week for 9 weeks, exploring listening exercises; recording techniques; microphone construction; interventions; and instrument and kinetic sculpture building.
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