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The Science of Sound: An Intro to Sampling and Field Recording

December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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About the workshop

The music/soundscapes recorded in this workshop center on creating artifacts of our existence and not centered on the idea of music production for making money, art, expression, or even communication. Of course, these external factors may come into play, however, the focus is simply saying, “I was here – I’m human – this is what happened – this is my response to what I recorded, and this is what I did with it”. The workshop will discuss field recording practices as well as sampling and manipulation of an audio signal.

In this introductory hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about various tools that can be used to manipulate sound (software-based music production tools)
  • Explore the idea that music is a human behavior and is hardwired into our human experience and existence.
  • Become familiar with the music gear used in the field recording session and will explore music production considerations. These considerations include creating a song from field sampling and improvisation.
  • Record and sample sounds in their environment using portable recording gear such as a mobile phone.
  • Using software and hardware based samplers to manipulate captured sounds.

About the Science of Sound workshop series

The primary purposes of this series is to provide introductory-level, hands-on instruction in electronic music making over a range of approaches and to demystify electronic music and electronic music composition. This workshop series is not centered around learning specific technologies or electronic music generating equipment as such, or learning the newest technologies for their own sake; instead, they will learn how to learn new tools. Particular technologies and applications introduced in the series will play a supporting role in teaching participants the fundamentals of sound and the physics of sound as it pertains to experimental and electronic music making.

This workshop series is divided into four sections covering the various approaches contemporary electronic musicians and composers take regarding the technologies they prefer to utilize:

  • Fundamentals of physics, mathematics and music
  • Using the iPad to make music
  • Introduction to coding and open source computer applications
  • Exploring electronic music equipment and gear (pedals, controllers, field recording equipment, etc.)

This workshop series is supported by an Arts Partnership grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

About the Instructors

Kevin Cardoso is an analog hacker at heart and this nature has driven him to explore a variety of art forms that include wood, metal, paper, clay, music, and electronics. As a creative arts therapist, he has experience teaching people of various age groups and abilities. He feels that patience and flexibility is an important approach to help people loosen up, learn, engage with the process, and find satisfaction with their work.

Ben Turner is a musician and songwriter, and these interests have driven him to embrace the manipulation of sound in the home recording studio. He is a music therapist, with a background in various age groups and populations. He attended the College of Wooster and the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium. He believes that improvisation and audio recording are great platforms for embracing innate musicality, and integrating the head and the heart.