ESTRANGING THE FAMILIAR
EXPERIMENTAL CONSTRAINTS IN SOUND AND TEXT
November 17, 2020
In this workshop, we'll look at sound as text and text as sound. Exploring embodied and theoretical motivations in sound and text creation, we'll experiment with constraints like visual scoring, imitation, and hocketing.
Artist Jacqui Cornetta will share how theories and practices of translation can offer a deeper engagement with the constant dialogue between our work and its collective swirl of influences.
Bring a notebook and a piece (sound, text, film, object, image, etc.) that you admire.
POETIC APPROACHES TO SOUND
OCTOBER 22, 2020
Poetic Approaches to Sound is an invitation to think about and work with sound in new ways. Led by multidisciplinary artist Cy X, we will consider our current relationships with sound and investigate creative approaches to making sonic art.
What would happen if we looked at sound as something more than vibration through space? What benefits are afforded to us when we explore sound as a material, an embodied experience, code, poetry? How does race, gender, culture, and community influence our perceptions of sound? We will also examine the elitist structures within academia and industry.
This participatory workshop will encompass listening, group discussion, and prompts for creative inquiry. It is intended for those who are looking for an introduction to sonic arts and interested in exploring new concepts and methods to apply to their own work.
PHILOSOPHY OF AUDIO PRODUCTION
ARTIST TALK WITH ROSANA CABÁN
AUGUST 18, 2020
Join us for Women in Sound’s first artist talk led by Brooklyn-based producer Rosana Cabán in partnership with the Computer Music Center at Columbia University.
Rosana will discuss her philosophy of music production from both business and creative perspectives. The workshop will cover the various roles within a recording studio environment and the importance of finding your music community, being an active listener, working with clients, and setting expectations. Rosana will also offer insights into budgeting, crediting, understanding split sheets, and finding clients.
Using Pro Tools, Rosana will share her techniques for preparing and organizing recording sessions. This includes learning how to set up your equipment, creating your “go-to” FX chains, choosing instruments, exporting STEMS, preparing mixes for mastering, and managing/archiving your audio files.
After a short break, the workshop will conclude with a critical listening session. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on each other’s work.
EXPLORATIONS IN PLUNDERPHONICS
SAMPLING AS BEAT-MAKING IN ABLETON LIVE
JUNE 25, 2020
Plunderphonics, AKA sampling, is the epitome of the cultural feedback loop. The beauty of sampling is that all recordings of the past and present are shared, expanded upon, mutated, and mirrored back to the culture that birthed them through the lens of the individuals who are inspired. This can be used as a political tool, a social commentary device, or simply an inversion of available sonic fodder.
The tools used to create samples vary widely, and this workshop will focus on digital sampling using Ableton Live. Composer and sound designer, Kate Siefker, will give an abbreviated history of musical borrowings and mutations focusing on key songs and artists who so innovatively paved the way for the digital sampling era.
We will briefly examine moments in music history where this influence led to a shift in genre or manner of creating music particularly with a focus on hip-hop beat making. We will then create our own sample mutations followed by a period of independent exploration and discussion.
A WALK THROUGH THE INTERIOR CASTLE
May 23, 2020
Introducing WiS in the age of social distancing. Join us virtually for a voice and movement workshop led by musician and performer Becca Kauffman. The workshop will incorporate vocal techniques, visualization, drone, and movement experiments to heighten body awareness and carve out vast interior space in this current moment of external enclosure.
Integrating elements of Qi Gong, pranayama, Meredith Monk vocal warmups and music healing techniques from new age composer Kay Gardner, we will use voice-generated resonance and vibration to expand from the inside out and enliven the cells. We will learn new tools for breaking up energetic blockages and finding psychic and physiological spaciousness. We will conclude with a simulated club experience, i.e. a guided dance party.
This workshop is suitable for all levels and will include a short recess.
Flyer Design by Marie Demple
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.
Flyer Design by Ehm West & WiS
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
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 Aviram 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.
Flyer Design by Anny Oberlink
Drawing by Eleni Arapoglou
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.
Flyer Design by Anny Oberlink
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
Flyer Design by Anny Oberlink
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.
Flyer Design by 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