Playing with Soundscapes
A workshop on listening imaginatively through technology, with soundscape researcher & composer Helena Krobath.
6 hours total over 2 sessions, online // $62, or $42 for members
** By donation for those facing reduced income due to COVID-19
Session 1: Thu Mar 18, 6pm-9pm
Session 2: Thu Mar 25, 6pm–9pm
All times listed are Pacific Time
Prerequisites & minimum requirements:
- No experience necessary other than basic computer use.
- Before the first session of this workshop, participants must download and install Audacity, available free here: https://www.audacityteam.org. Please check that your computer meets the minimum requirements to run the software.
- To join the workshop, participants must download and install Zoom Client for Meetings, available free here: https://zoom.us/download
- Participants will be supplied some files with which to do exercises, and are also encouraged to bring audio files that they want to discuss and experiment with during the workshop. Participants will also record sounds for homework to then bring to the Session 2.
This workshop will help you expand your art practice by introducing you to audio recording and signal processing as unique ways of listening. This workshop presents audio technology as a way of exploring the perception of sonic environments and playing with their meanings. You will experiment with processing sound recordings by drawing on concepts from soundscape composition and sound art.
Intimidated by audio technology? Don’t be! This workshop meets you where you’re at. The focus will be on making meaningful sound using the equipment you already have. Through hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to tune-in to sonic complexities and discuss the meaning of what you hear with others.
Learn how to listen to details and transform them to create custom sounds that enhance your specific projects, including movie soundtracks, radio dramas, documentaries, podcasts, ethnographic and environmental studies, and sound art installations.
By the end of the workshop each student will have created a collection of audio components to incorporate in their own projects and will have techniques for generating more in future.
Helena Krobath was born in Matsqui and grew up in Mission and Abbotsford, BC. Her family immigrated from across Eastern Europe to Manitoba and British Columbia in the 1930s and 1950s. She lives in Vancouver, on unceded and occupied territory.
Helena takes keen interest in how information is created and communicated. Her fieldwork in places like ports and recreational nature zones investigates how infrastructures, sensory tuning, and narratives co-construct place. Her practices include radio, electroacousic composition, photography, painting, writing, and soundwalking. She has taught workshops on sound, sensory observation, and field recording, including Audio Story-crafting for VIVO in 2017; assisting in VIVO’s 2018 mentorship, Still Creek Salmon Sounds; and leading VIVO's 2019 mentorship on Vancouver Housing Stories. She has given presentations with the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, CiTR 101.9 FM (UBC), the Feminist Media Studio, Vancouver Podcast Festival, and more.
Helena collaborates on soundwalks and interactive events with Vancouver New Music and Vancouver Soundwalk Collective. She composed a soundscape for Echos and Reflections: A co-located audio mapping exchange, hosted by Lancaster University’s Centre for Mobilities Research and published the Journal of Design and Culture’s first audio-essay in their special issue on COVID-19 (exploring political economic dimensions of “sheltering in place” through changing soundscapes of East Vancouver). She created audio work for Arts Assembly (Ghost Story Commute), New Adventures in Sound Art’s Deep Wireless 14 Transmission Festival (I dreamt this was my home), and Frank Theatre (Be-Longing sound design). Helena has co-hosted the Soundscape Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio and volunteers with Vancouver Tenants Union.