CATALYSTS, VIBRANT MATTER AND RESONANCES WITH BJ NILSEN
STARTS 2021-09-01 | SOLD OUT

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CURRENT STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVISATION AND COMPOSITION WITH ELLIOTT SHARP



THE BASICS

  • 5 videoconference sessions
  • Small, intimate group allowing for a tailored and personal workshop
  • Active communications within the group between sessions to share ideas, collaborate and keep your project moving
  • Individual feedback sessions and tailored support

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Work closely with Benny over a series of videochat workshops
  • Access a collection of resources hand-picked by Benny
  • Receive assignments to work on where you are, in between sessions
  • Get individual tuition and feedback on your work
  • Further support after the workshop, in the form of performance, touring, recording, release and broadcast opportunities

BOOK NOW

This workshop is sold out. You can add your email to the waiting list here, or view our other workshops here.
This course will explore different layers of, and methods for, field recording; from monophonic to ambisonic, to contact, hydrophonic and EMF recording techniques, and then delve into aspects of sound manipulation and composition. The sessions will take elemental (sound) catalysts as a starting point. How can we interact with the environment and use the natural elements such as wind, water, air or fire as sound triggers? For example: wind is a carrier, an element that hits objects, the objects reacts (vibrates) and in turn creates a sound that can be recorded. The movement of the wind has been altered into something else – through natural plugins and acoustics. We will look into various ways these sound happenings can be recorded, both technically and aesthetically, and put into context.

Benny will share his methods of working, and offer mentoring to participants. Sessions will involve:
Exploration of field recording techniques, resonances, examining different sonic qualities of surfaces
How to overcome obstacles, transfer visual ideas into sound, degrees of experimentation, sound catalysts
Introduction to specific tools (such as Logic ProX and Izotope) - basic methods of editing and preparing your audio recordings for use in a composition, installation and/or film.
Individual feedback sessions, group playback sessions, and show-and-tell


BJ Nilsen is a composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam. His work primarily focuses on the sounds of nature and how they affect humans. Recent work has explored the urban acoustic realm and industrial geography and mining in the Arctic region of Norway and Russia. His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance performances and film, and he has collaborated with Chris Watson, Johan Johansson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Z'Ev and many others.



WHERE AND WHEN?

This is an online course, but it involves realtime sessions and contact time with your tutor - it's not a "download these videos and watch them at your leisure" type of thing - it's a real workshop with live lectures, individual tuition, assignments and feedback sessions. We've tried to make this remote session as close as possible to the experience of an onsite workshop at CAMP. The course starts on 01/09/2021 and ends on 22/09/2021. The schedule for sessions is as follows (all times are CET):

  • Session 1: 01/09/2021, 17:00 - 20:00 CET
  • Session 2: 02/09/2021, 17:00 - 20:00 CET
  • Session 3: 08/09/2021, 17:00 - 20:00 CET
  • Session 4: 15/09/2021, 08:09 - 11:09 CET
  • Session 5: 22/09/2021, 17:00 - 20:00 CET


HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 1/ of the fee today, and 1/ each month (on the same day) for an additional -1 months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.

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

STUDENT LEVEL: PARTICIPANTS SHOULD HAVE A BASIC KNOWLEDGE IN RECORDING SOUND AND EDITING (DIGITAL OR ANALOGUE) OR A WISH TO INCORPORATE THIS INTO THEIR ALREADY EXISTING PRACTISE.
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE GIVEN A TASK THAT SHOULD BE WORKED ON DURING THE COURSE (TO CREATE A SHORT SOUND PIECE), THEREFORE IT IS ADVISED THAT EACH PARTICIPANT HAS SOME FORM OF RECORDER, AND A COMPUTER WITH A DAW.
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: RELEASE, PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION AND BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES AT CAMP, FUSE ART SPACE, ON CAMP RADIO, ON OUR IN-HOUSE LABELS, AND ACROSS OUR PARTNER NETWORKS.