Audio Story-crafting & Poetics

Helena Krobath

Sun, Oct 1, 2017

Stimulate your sonic imagination and learn to use sound to evoke multi-dimensional storytelling with soundscape researcher & composer Helena Krobath!

This workshop will enable you to make better use of your current sonic palette and enrich your storytelling ability with an expanded awareness of the materiality of sound and ways to work with it.

Intimidated by audio technology? Don’t be! This workshop meets you where you’re at. The focus will be on making meaningful sound using whatever is on hand and your own ears. Through hands-on exercises and experiments with field recorders, you’ll learn how to tune-in dimensions of complex sounds and discuss the meaning of what you hear with others. Because after all, telling a good story through audio involves a lot more than knowing how to turn a dial or flip a switch!

Learn how to listen to details and create custom sounds that enhance your specific projects, including movie soundtracks, radio dramas, documentaries, podcasts, ethnographic and environmental studies, and sound art installations.

Instructor Profile

Helena Krobath

Helena Krobath studies spatial narratives and sensory experience through research-creation. She received a Master’s in Media Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, where she was awarded funding by SSHRC, Hexagram, and the Mobile Media Lab to complete a thesis which combined sound studies, art-making, and historical research to examine socio-spatial relations in BC’s north Fraser Valley forest parks. She has taught several workshops on sound, sensory observation, and field recording, including Audio Story-crafting and Poetics for VIVO in 2017; assisting in VIVO’s 2018 mentorship, Still Creek Salmon Sounds; and leading VIVO's 2019 mentorship, Alt+Space+Control: Vancouver Housing Stories. Her sound art is featured in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2019 compilation and she is currently one of CRES Media Arts Committee’s sound artists in residence. Helena has designed interactive sound and field recording workshops for the Milieux Institute and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal; has led soundwalks with Vancouver New Music; and has taught audio production labs at Concordia University, covering production skills including recording, editing, processing and narrative techniques. She participated in a sound-mapping exchange between Montreal and Morecambe, programmed by the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University and has presented methodology and media work at conferences and symposia, including the Feminist Media Studio and the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. She also worked with the organizing team for Media Democracy Days Vancouver for several years. She currently volunteers with the Vancouver Tenants Union and co-hosts the Soundscape Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio.