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VOICE ACTIVATED

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.

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MIXING DEMYSTIFIED

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.

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BREAKING WAVES

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

  • Sampling

  • Automation, mixing and creative processing

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WOMEN'S GROUP SING

TUNING MEDITATION

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.
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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

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