ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND RECORDING WITH CHRIS WATSON
08/05/2019 | 0 PLACES LEFT
08/05/2019: SOLD OUT

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Work closely with one of the most respected sound recordists in the world
  • Explore diverse sonic environments from forests, rivers and meadows to high alpine slopes
  • Expeditions into the epic Pyrenean landscape at all hours of day and night, including overnight/dawn chorus recording sessions
  • Release of your work on our in-house label, and installation at Fuse Art Space
  • Full board including room, meals and drinks
  • Unlimited use of our recording facilities, arts library, digital editing suites and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including ascent of Mont Ceint and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars
Chris Watson returns to CAMP following two sold-out sessions in 2018 - check out the report of those workshops here.

Chris is one of the world's leading sound recordists specialising in wildlife and natural phenomena. In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television, and since then Chris has gone on to forge a reputation as a pioneer of natural sound recording and production, working closely with David Attenborough on Frozen Planet, The Life of Mammals, The Life of Birds, Life in the Undergrowth, Galapagos and others, winning a BAFTA for his work on The Life Of Birds. His TV credits include Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Big Cat Diary, and in 2012 the Broadcasting Press Guild named Chris "Radio Broadcaster of the Year". In 2013 Chris won the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award, and he recently collaborated with Björk on the soundtrack to her 2015 MoMA retrospective in New York.

Chris has released four solo albums of field recordings, including "Stepping into the Dark" which won an Award of Distinction at the 2000 Prix Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and has collaborated with Mika Vainio, Philip Jeck, Hazard, Fennesz, AER (Jon Wozencroft, aka "Alpha Echo Romeo"), and Biosphere, BJNilsen, and Marcus Davidson.

This course will focus on all factors of working with environmental sound - recording, production, decoding and critical analysis. Taking place in the forests, mountains and high-altitude plains of the Haute Couserans, with field trips to some of the regions most spectacular locations, the course will cover:

Fieldcraft and microphone techniques
Spatial audio recording techniques such as spaced stereo microphones, surround sound arrays, Ambisonic techniques using a Soundfield microphone ST450, Schoeps double mid side arrays and Sennheiser middle and side systems
Experimentation with contact microphones, hydrophones and parabolic reflectors
Surround sound playback and multi-channel systems
Decoding techniques
Listening sessions and discussion of critical analysis
Technical operation and specifics of location recording equipment


The sessions will be accompanied by optional outdoors activities led by CAMP crew, including guided mountaineering, visits to local beauty points, and downtime to hang out, relax, enjoy the local food and wine, and learn informally from Chris, the CAMP crew, and your fellow students. Following the course, we will invite students to submit work for release on our in-house labels, and for installation at Fuse Art Space.

IMPORTANT: BY SIGNING UP TO A COURSE (OR A PAYMENT SPLIT) ABOVE, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: SOME PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF RECORDING SOUND DESIRABLE, BUT NOT ESSENTIAL
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: USE YOUR OWN PORTABLE RECORDING GEAR, OR BORROW OURS. GOOD WALKING BOOTS, DAY SACK & WATERPROOFS ESSENTIAL
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION OPPORTUNITIES AT FUSE ART SPACE, CONSIDERATION OF WORK FOR DIGITAL & PHYSICAL RELEASE.