Eufònic Campus 2018: Phonography workshop with Chris Watson

Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. For example. the unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson’s words, putting a microphone where you can’t put your ears. He was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College (now part of Sheffield College). 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. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, tv & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production.

Within Eufònic Campus 2018, Chris Watson proposes a three-day walk through the natural spaces of the Ebre Delta, with all its wealth of fauna and natural phenomena. In the sessions, field work will be combined with critical listening and training in recording techniques, experimenting with microphones, hydrophones and parabolic reflectors. Although there will be available professional technical devices that can be used throughout the workshop, it is recommended that attendees provide all the material they consider interesting to participate in the workshop.

Aimed at artists and sound creators, musicians and people interested in knowing the possibilities of phonography and creation that allows the sound environment. Limited to 12 places, it is necessary to send a motivation letter that includes previous experiences and expected goals, contact information and the availability of bringing a laptop. It is recommended to bring the equipment that is available that is considered interesting for the workshop. The phonography workshop with Chris Watson has the collaboration of the SGAE Foundation, which will reward three members of the SGAE with 50% of the registration of the workshop. It is necessary to provide the membership number.

The workshop will be held from August 29 to September 1. The first two days will be devoted to fieldwork, on Friday, August 31st, to the edition and September 1st will be devoted to the exhibition of the resulting works (in a space to be determined).

Price of the workshop is 120 euros. It includes accommodation in the Delta de l’Ebre Camp d’Aprenentge (shared dormitory) during three / four nights. Workshop will be in English.

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