B–CSC Winter Masterclass 2019: The Art of Field Recording

Work with world renown sound artists and recordists Douglas Quin [US] and Philip Samartzis [AU]. Learn how to prepare for and undertake deep fieldwork in remote and difficult wilderness environments, and their attendant conditions. Fieldwork will take place in the environs of Victoria’s Alpine National Park during the winter snow season.

Art Masterclass previously on at Bogong Centre for Sound Culture in Other Regional Victoria precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Monday 01 July 2019 to Friday 05 July 2019

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BCSC WINTER MASTERCLASS: THE ART of FIELD RECORDING

DATES: JULY 1 TO 5, 2019

The Bogong Centre for Sound Culture is excited to announce the fourth edition of their site-specific masterclass series titled The Art of Field Recording, to take place this winter in the snow-capped Victorian Alps. This five-day intensive masterclass is overseen by internationally acclaimed sound artists and recordists Douglas Quin [US] and Philip Samartzis [AU] and will be an intense creative experience for all involved. The masterclass will draw on the ground-breaking work Quin and Samartzis have produced in the Arctic and Antarctica to demonstrate technical and creative processes used to register and exhibit the transformative effects of extreme climates upon wilderness ecologies.


During the five-day intensive masterclass participants will live, work and participate in group and individual tuition with two world renown sound recordists. You will learn how to prepare for and undertake deep fieldwork in remote wilderness environments, and their attendant conditions. Practical fieldwork will be complimented by technical demonstrations and conversations focusing on sound recording, compositional methods and analysis, spatial sound techniques, approaches to sound design, and strategies for broadcast and exhibition. Fieldwork will be undertaken at Howmans Gap, and in the spectacular mountain settings of the Bogong High Plains during the winter snow season. This uniquely Australian setting provides a rare pristine environment to experiment with site responsive recording techniques using a broad range of professional equipment supplied by Nagra, Rycote and DPA microphones.


The Art of Field Recording is for anyone aspiring to work at a professional standard as an artist, composer or designer. Whether you are interested in sound art, film design, soundscape composition, acoustic ecology, experimental music, performance, spatial sound or environmental art, this masterclass will significantly enhance your knowledge and practice. You will be working with experienced practitioners who are internationally recognised for their sound art and design, and who possess the understanding and intellectual framework necessary to help you realise your creative and professional ambitions. The techniques you learn during the five-day intensive masterclass will be applicable to all the creative projects you hope to pursue within the fields of contemporary art, sound, music, film and media.  

MASTERCLASS HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

– Demonstrations of recording techniques presented by leading experts in sound art and acoustic ecology.
– Practical fieldwork undertaken in a pristine alpine wilderness areas during the winter snow season.
– Instruction on how to prepare for deep field work in challenging environmental conditions.
– Exploration of the Bogong High Plains under the guidance of an Antarctic field training officer.
– Presentation and analysis of documentary films and soundscape compositions exploring polar regions and their communities.

Participants will be accommodated at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, which is located above the snow-line and is surrounded by mountain ash bushland.

DATES: MONDAY JULY 1 – FRIDAY JULY 5, 2019

  • AVAILABLE PLACES – 12
  • COST: $3000 PER PERSON
  • For further information and* ENROLMENT click here

Location

Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek, Victoria