TO LISTEN, TO WITNESS
March 8, 2020
Using our voices and bodies, we will gather on International Women’s Day to explore the relationship between somatic and collective learning. Led by sound and movement artist Melodie Stancato, this workshop will investigate the processes of listening and witnessing as tools for both communal and self care.
The group will begin by performing Pauline Oliveros’ Tuning Meditation. This vocal meditation is an exercise in connection through deep listening. It explores the boundaries between singing and listening—where one voice ends, another begins.
For the remaining part of the workshop, we will engage in improvised vocalizations and movement called Authentic Voice and Movement. This practice allows for free association with the body and voice. Working in pairs, participants will alternate between witnessing and sharing. Together we will cultivate a space of communal reflection, healing and celebration.
SIGHTSEEING FOR COMPOSITION
SCORING VISUALS & MOVING IMAGE
February 23, 2020
To kick off Women in Sound’s 2020 programming, sound and video artist Ehm West will lead a workshop on the process of sound collage and scoring for visual compositions and moving image.
The class will provide an introduction to West's own work and other artists using sound collage to ground their moving image praxis. Together, the group will define and discuss key elements in scoring and composition, both visually and sonically. Participants will then create their own collages by selecting audio from a large collection of found sound using the DAW of their choice. The sound collages will be used to structure moving image material pulled from a large collection of found footage provided by the artist.
ELECTRONICS & LIVE VOCAL PROCESSING
December 15, 2019
To celebrate Women in Sound’s first birthday, we’ve invited vocalist and electronic musician Dafna Naphtali to lead a special workshop for those who want to learn new music practices using their voices and electronics.
We will start with basic vocal and body warm-ups, followed by an exploration of the kinds of sounds we can make with our voices using extended techniques. We’ll then alter those sounds using microphones, delays, filters and other electronic processing methods. Together, we will create musical compositions through improvisation using physical gestures with smartphones and other tools (including voice activation) to control rhythm, tempo, melody and vocal processing. Dafna will discuss the general parameters of electronic and electroacoustic sounds for any live performance situation.
CREATIVE MUSIC PRODUCTION IN ABLETON LIVE
November 17, 2019
Mixing is the process of fine-tuning individual music tracks, balancing them and creating space in the “mix”. In this 4-hour workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of mixing through listening and hands-on practice with Ableton Live. Composer and artist Lee Gilboa will give you a grounding in the fundamentals of mixing and how to apply them to your own musical style.
Topics the class will cover:
- What is a mix?
- Levels & Panning
- EQ & Compression
- Creative processing & breaking the rules
- Listening & analysis of various contemporary artists
The workshop is suitable for those with a basic working knowledge of audio editing software.
FUNDAMENTAL TOOLS & METHODS FOR SOUND DESIGN
October 20, 2019
Back by popular demand, this workshop is an extension of our NEW WAYS OF LISTENING class, where participants will dive deep into the fundamental tools and methods for sound design.
This course is for anyone working in (or with ambitions to work in) audio media—documentary, fictional or artistic.
Shani will present experimental and creative works from the world of radio drama, music and film as sources of inspiration and references for sound design ideas.
CAPTURING THE SOUNDSCAPE
INTRO TO CREATIVE FIELD RECORDING
August 11, 2019
Learn how to listen to, capture and interpret your sonic environment in this workshop led by sound and media artist Jenn Grossman.
The class will provide an introduction to theories of sound studies, acoustic ecology, musique concrète and psychogeography, as well as a range of recording techniques. Working in groups, participants will create their own sound collages by recording site-specific sounds and using audio editing software.
“Today all sounds belong to a continuous field of possibilities lying within the comprehensive dominion of music. Behold the new orchestra: the sonic universe! And the musicians: anyone and anything that sounds!” -R. Murray Schafer
OUTLINES, BODIES & BLANK SPACES
IMPROVISATIONAL PRACTICE THROUGH MOVEMENT AND VOICE
July 21, 2019
Using multimodal approaches to live composition, instructor Eleni Arapoglou will guide participants as they use shapes, fluidity and stillness in the body as a source of vocal expression.
Attendees will work as a group to develop spatial and physical awareness; examine links between body, voice and breath; and experiment with imagery, rhythm and form to create improvised sounds.
The workshop adopts practices and methodologies from Action Theater, 5Rhythms, Gaga movement, Alexander Technique, and Circlesongs.
NEW WAYS OF LISTENING
CREATIVE APPROACHES TO SOUND DESIGN
June 02, 2019
In this three-hour workshop, participants will explore new ways of listening and learn how to develop their sound design skills whether they are working in documentary, fictional or artistic mediums.
Instructor Shani Aviram will teach participants how to make considered sound design choices, how to choose the right tools for the job, and how to maximize their resources (no fancy plug-ins necessary!).
Attendees will also be introduced to experimental and creative works from the world of radio drama, music and film as sources of inspiration.
EXTENSIVE INTRO TO ABLETON LIVE
FROM SETUP TO MIXING
April 14, 2019
Join composer and sound artist Lee Gilboa for a comprehensive introduction to Ableton Live, focusing on creative approaches to music production.
The class will cover:
Navigating the Ableton Live interface
Basic MIDI sequencing
Creating synth sounds
Automation, mixing and creative processing
WOMEN'S GROUP SING
March 08, 2019
In honor of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, women are invited to share their voices in an evening group sing at Grand Street Healing Project.
We will focus on composer Pauline Oliveros' Tuning Meditation. No preparation or experience is required and ‘non-singers’ are encouraged to join. We will begin with a single pitch and build a chorus. “Call it listening out loud.” – Pauline Oliveros
The event will comprise three 20 minute sessions led by vocalist and musician Cassandra Jenkins.
ELECTROACOUSTIC SOUND ART PRODUCTION
December 08, 2018
Led by Berlin-based sound artist Verónica Mota, this class focuses on musique concrète techniques and electronic sound production, referencing the works of Delia Derbyshire and John Cage.
The workshop will include:
An introduction to recording high-quality audio samples
Instruction in using Ableton Live editing software
The opportunity for participants to create their own 10-minute composition incorporating self-made audio, field recordings and creative sound art techniques