CREATIVE AURAL WILDERNESS WITH FRANCISCO LOPEZ
STARTS 2022-07-20 | 2 PLACES LEFT

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

  • Spend five days working with one of the most acclaimed sonic artists 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 recording sessions
  • Release of your work on our in-house label, and installation at Fuse Art Space
  • 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

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This session costs $1,499 (or 6 monthly payments of $249.83).
To reserve, click below - no payment is required at this stage. You'll receive a booking confirmation email with secure payment links, and you'll have three days to confirm your booking by making a payment (either in full, or by starting a 6-month payment plan).
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"Drawing the ear from one fascination to the next, everything in his sonic frame gleams with pristinely arranged dramatic purpose" (The New York Times)

"The most intense and elementary ambient work I've ever heard" (Scientifica Intercosmo, Germany)

"After listening to this man Lopez I don't know what's going on in the world anymore" (The Sound Projector, UK)

Experimental musicians, adventurous composers, noise artists, sound designers, and generally audacious audio and visual artists with a keen - and unorthodox - interest in sound and nature might be particularly attracted to this course - as similar creators were by Lopez's previous residencies in wilderness areas worldwide.

The course involves both field work and presentations / discussion sessions, and focuses on creative approaches to the work with environmental sound recordings and dedicated active listening (Lopez's field listening as a post-media practice to inspire, reveal, and transform our creative capacities). This is not a prototypical technical "field recording" workshop, but rather one for people with creative instincts who either already know how to press the "REC" button, or never did and might never do. It is conceived and directed with a critical questioning of assumed categories and canonical views of today, such as "field recordings", "soundscape", "virtual reality" or generic sound representational and documentative paradigms.

In a flexible and adaptable manner - depending on participants' interests - this course offers to cover aspects of all possible realms of creative audio, from listening/recording to studio/composition to performance/installation and beyond, drawing from Lopez's extensive experience in all these areas, at both conceptual and practical levels. Additionally, it also provides crucial insights into the historical, philosophical and cultural/social contexts of environmental/experimental aural practices - not simply as a theoretical background but rather as frameworks with very tangible potential consequences in the actual practical work created (including Lopez's realms of Social Experimental Audio, Sonogenic Composition and Sonic Creatures).

Besides multiple workshops for organizations and institutions worldwide, this course draws from previous extensive experience of the residencies/workshops conceived and directed by Lopez in the Amazon rainforest ("Mamori Sound Project", 2005-2011) and the South African savanna ("Sonic Mmabolela", 2013-2019), which were attended by more than one hundred international artists, who have produced to date a myriad of releases, sound installations, exhibitions, films, publications and public presentations worldwide, based on those experiences.

Activities will include (flexible and adaptable):

Presentation / discussion sessions on creative aural wilderness: environmental recordings, field listening, sound creation, composition, performance, etc., with a historical / philosophical / critical perspective.
Field trips - both diurnal and nocturnal - for extensive profound listening and (optional) recording of sound environments.
Participants' presentation / discussion sessions on sound creative work / environmental recordings, etc., including their own work.
Possible (optional) development of participant's work at CAMP's recording facilities based on the field listening / environmental recording sessions.


Francisco Lopez is internationally recognized as one of the main figures in the realm of experimental music and audio art. He is also a Ph.D. Ecosystem Biologist, with extensive teaching and research experience as professor in several universities in Spain, Africa and Latin America. His experience in the field of sound creation and work with environmental recordings covers a period of more than forty years, during which he has developed an impressive sound universe that is completely personal and iconoclastic and based on a profound listening to the world. His extensive catalogue of sound pieces -with live and studio collaborations, as well as projects curated and directed, with more than a thousand artists- has been released by over 450 recording labels / publishers all over the world. Among other prizes, Lopez has been awarded five times with honorary mentions at the prestigious Ars Electronica Festival (Austria) and is the recipient of a Qwartz Award (France) for best sound anthology. He has realized hundreds of environmental recording projects, commissions, live performances, sound installations and workshops, as well as research in entomology and ecosystem dynamics, in over seventy countries of the six continents.

https://franciscolopez.bandcamp.com



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, . We advise that you arrive the evening before (19/07/2022) - 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 (25/07/2022). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 19/07/2022, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 25/07/2022.

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 6 month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 1/6 of the fee today, and 1/6 each month (on the same day) for an additional 5 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

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: NONE NECESSARILY REQUIRED, BUT MOST PARTICIPANTS TYPICALLY BRING THEIR OWN RECORDING EQUIPMENT (THOSE WHO WANT TO RECORD) AS WELL AS A LAPTOP (FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS AND POSSIBLE STUDIO WORK).
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMP RADIO, RELEASE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OUR IN HOUSE LABELS, TOURING SUPPORT ACROSS OUR NETWORK OF PARTNER VENUES, AND EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES AT FUSE ART SPACE.