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Experimental Sound Art

Invent, create, play! This course will allow you to explore sound as an art form using instruments, found objects, voice, recordings and technology. The emphasis will be on exploration and experimentation. You will also learn about the history, key artists and movements associated with sound as an art form. Each term focuses on a different aspect, leading to an individual project and the opportunity to take part in a public event or exhibition.
  • Who is it for?

    This course is open to people with any level of knowledge and experience. An interest in sound, experimental music, performance or contemporary art would be useful. Previous musical experience is not required, but neither is it a disadvantage.

  • What does it cover?

    This is a practical course on which you will explore a range of skills and techniques. You will learn about important sound artists and experimental musicians, and their influence and methods. The course explores ways of listening to, appreciating and analysing experimental music and sound art. We will also explore and learn about Soundscape Composition, as initiated by World Soundscape Project
    There will also be advice given on what equipment and software to buy on how to develop your own sound arts practice and you will review and critique your own work to develop your Sound Art practice.

  • What will it be like?

    This course is a practical course where we invite students to bring their own instruments, electric, acoustic, and self-made (wooden percussive instruments and electronic) or just bring their voice.
    As a group we will develop improvisation sessions, and make music and sound pieces spontaneously, using instruments , found objects and our voices.
    These sound art sessions will also be recorded, discussed and evaluated as a group and students will be encouraged to keep a reflective journal relevant to your gained experiences during this course.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    All equipment and materials will be provided: you don't need to buy anything but there will be opportunities for you to use your own equipment and instruments too. There will be advice on cheap to buy or make equipment for you to start building a collection of sound making instruments. There is no set homework but plenty of recommendations for further research through reading and listening, and of course practising sound making and experimenting in your own time.

  • What could it lead to?

    Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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Experimental Sound Art

Invent, create, play! This course will allow you to explore sound as an art form using instruments, found objects, voice, recordings and technology. The emphasis will be on exploration and experimentation. You will also learn about the history, key artists and movements associated with sound as an art form. Each term focuses on a different aspect, leading to an individual project and the opportunity to take part in a public event or exhibition.

22 January 2024 – 25 March 2024
Monday, 18:30 to 21:00
Course Code:926CS
£203 / £71
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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