FACT: Sound Lines Workshop

FACT: Sound Lines Workshop

FACT: Sound Lines Workshop

Venue: FACT
Date(s): 23.8.15 - 26.8.15
Time(s): 09:30 - 17:00

Sunday 23 – Wednesday 26 August 2015, 9.30 – 17.00, FACTLab
Book via FACT

A free making workshop over four days, culminating in a public installation and performance.

Interested in travelling through time and space? Interested in capturing Liverpool’s sound spaces and recreating them in a new setting? Interested in performing in these spaces? Then Sound Lines is for you!

Drawing on traditions of psychogeography, improvised noise performance, soundscape research, DIY technologies and public making practices, we will create a performable installation that offers an imaginative remapping of Liverpool.

By capturing the unique sound signatures of local spaces, we will investigate various elements of the city, creatively responding to their aural characteristics and reinterpreting these materials through a publicly open process. We aim to build a collection of environmentally responsive constructions, allowing participants to experience and imagine new interpretations of the city.

Over the course of four days we invite the public to join us in a variety of making activities relating to how we experience the city. Throughout this time we will be building a multi-channel sound and image installation creatively interpreting scavenged and recorded material from Liverpool. Our public making process will allow visitors to get involved with the making of various sonic constructions, contribute recordings or just experience the artwork as it is assembled live.

Our work will be presented using various open-source technologies including Pure Data, Arduino, DIY electronics and pen and paper.

The workshop will start in the mornings with field visits to selected sites and spaces of Liverpool that lie at the heart of Liverpool’s identity. Here, participants will be shown the methods used to sample the ambient resonance of the spaces using a new immersive audio tool that utilizes third order ambisonic technology (developed by local creative sound designer Stefan Kazassoglou).

Making activities will include 3D sound spatialisation techniques, working with field recordings, sound walks and environmentally reactive sound synthesis.

No previous experience of the technologies is required and all materials will be provided. Just drop in and join us.

In collaboration with Kinicho, Newcastle University (John Bowers, Tim Shaw), and the Creative Exchange, FACT are looking for ten participants to join us for four days to explore the different acoustic and material qualities of space through sound – and capturing, then re-creating this in the FACTLab.

The event is free – with lunch, transportation and entry fees to sites also covered – all we need is your enthusiasm and participation! Please note that we will be visiting different locations on each day. Participants can choose to come to all four days, or drop into one of the recording days (between 23 – 25 August) and it is recommended all attend the workshop itself on 26 August.

The findings from the Sound Lines making sessions will be exhibited to the wider public in a showcase of Sonic Spaces at FACT (19 – 23 October).