DEEP LISTENING, IMPROVISATION & SPATIAL SOUND WITH PHILL NIBLOCK, KARA-LIS COVERDALE, LEA BERTUCCI, JORGE BOEHRINGER AND TIM SHAW
STARTS 10/04/2019

THE BASICS

  • Six nights accommodation in a private room with mountain views
  • Five full days of teaching, workshops, discussions, activities and use of our excellent arts facilities
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included
  • All dietary requirements catered for - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies - no problem
  • Return transport from Toulouse included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live, work and study for five full days with some of the most acclaimed and inspiring protagonists in the field of deep listening and durational/improvised music
  • Gain heightened listening awareness, and learn how to employ that into music making
  • Learn techniques of sound-mapping, geographical audio and how to put a sound walk together
  • Develop your ability to visualise sound
  • Present and share your own work with the team and your fellow students
  • Take part in optional mountain expeditions including a hike to the Cascade d'Ars and ascent of Mont Ceint

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The concept of Deep Listening, as coined by Pauline Oliveros when her nascent Deep Listening Band descended into an underground cistern to perform using the space's 45-second reverb, has become increasingly vital in modern music. She described Deep Listening as "listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing". This course will hurl a small group of intrepid listeners deep into these principles of active sound experience, guided by five of the most acclaimed and experienced pioneers of the field - Phill Niblock , Kara-Lis Coverdale , Lea Bertucci , Tim Shaw and Jorge Boehringer .

Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer, multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde since the 1960's, influencing wide sections of the modern music landscape with his intense vision of deep, minimal drone. Niblock's music and intermedia performances have been presented at venues across the world, including MOMA, the Pompidou Center, ICA London and the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin; he has collaborated with Susan Stenger, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Kevin Drumm, Kasper Toeplitz, Jim O'Rourke, Ulrich Krieger, Seth Josel, Petr Kotik, Tom Buckner and others. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his NYC loft space, including Suzanne Ciani, Ryoji Ikeda and Zbigniew Karkowski. During a full day of workshop, performances and films, Phill will take his own music as a launch-point to explore themes of deep listening, durational music, microtones, overtones and spatialisation.

Kara-Lis Coverdale works in both acoustic and electronic media to create works that transcend reality. Driven by a patient devotion to sonic afterlife, memory, and material curiosity, Coverdale’s world-building work occupies new planes built upon a borderless understanding of electronic music rooted in the interlocking pathways of musical systems and languages. Heralded as "one of the most exciting composers in North America" (The Guardian), Coverdale's work has been meet with consistent critical acclaim, and she has held residencies with GRM Paris, EMS Stockholm, FUGA Zaragoza and others. Kara-Lis will share current compositional research and practice, highlighting her own approaches and techniques in both interior and exterior "listening" in relation to the notion that compositions are comprised of a series of micro-improvisations. There will also be attention to form, tuning, spectral approaches to harmony, alternate notions of time and duration, and the link between memory and experience, quotation, the body, and material permutation.

American composer and performer Lea Bertucci's session will take the form of a survey of creative musical notation techniques from early standards of conventional notation to 20th and 21st century approaches. This workshop takes a synesthetic approach to visual methods of describing sound. Integrating drawing techniques from disciplines outside of music including architectural drafting, electronic design, and fine art, participants will experiment with the tools of hand drawing and consider new relationships between sight and sound. Lea's work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance - in addition to her instrumental practice (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental technique and tape collage. She has performed extensively across the US and Europe with presenters including Unsound, TUSK, Rewire x Korzo, The Kitchen, PS1 MoMA and Blank Forms. She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition and a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence.

Tim Shaw's "Ambulation" sound walks incorporate performance, walking and field recording, offering a sound responsive journey through a landscape, immersing listeners in a familiar yet abstracted environment. Participants wear wireless radio headphones, receiving an audio feed of live recordings, locational radio broadcasts and electromagnetic energy from their immediate environment. These sounds are processed, layered and re-introduced live by the artist directly into the participants’ headphones as the walk continues. Using a selection of listening technologies and a variety of different microphones a diverse range of sonic material is collected, processed and broadcast. After an introductory sound walk lead by Tim, you'll experiment with the technology and techniques, under Tim's guidance, to produce your own sound walk.

Jorge Boehringer is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher currently based in Huddersfield, UK. Boehringer channels his eclectic and experimental practice into sonic artworks that take the form of installation works, musical scores, performances, drawings and other visual artwork, and texts. Having studied and performed with Pauline Oliveros at Mills College and elsewhere, he is deeply committed to strategies put forward by Deep Listening. Boehringer's work explores the contingencies of chance and indeterminacy that characterize the everyday texture and perception of our environmental situations. Jorge will present the workshop "The Turning Moment: Sonic Bridges in The Improvisation of Everyday Life".



WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, 10/04/2019. We advise that you arrive the evening before (09/04/2019) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (15/04/2019). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 09/04/2019, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 15/04/2019.

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.

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INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION, AND 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: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: AN INSTRUMENT OR SOUNDMAKING DEVICE IS USEFUL - WE HAVE PLENTY HERE, BUT FEEL FREE TO BRING YOURS
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: RELEASE, EXHIBITION, INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE AND PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH CAMP, FUSE ART SPACE AND OUR INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF LABELS AND VENUES.