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Recording Soundscapes Masterclasses

In this hands-on video series you will learn how the aural landscape has changed with the development of civilization and with it the symbolic meaning and function of sound in an increasing visual society. You’ll develop listening skills through practical sound recording exercises and every week you’ll improve your technique with short recording tasks in different sonic spaces.

You will be shown the concepts and equipment to record and edit sound to create natural soundscape arrangements. There is also a 1-day on-site location recording trip and you will get individual video feedback every week. No prior knowledge of equipment required, just a phone and computer and an interest in recording sounds of the natural world. Maximum of 10 participants.

The course will run between 17th Nov – 1st Dec and costs £120 for all sessions.


Session 1. In this first instalment of the series, we look at a brief history and basic concepts of sound recording and acoustic ecology. We also learn techniques to improve listening skill and investigate basic equipment to make appealing sound recordings. Additionally, we discover different geophonic and biophonic environments.

Session 2. This week we build on the skills you learnt in session 1 and take a deeper dive into equipment and look at basic editing techniques using Pro Tools First where you’ll learn effective fades, cuts, volume balancing, panning and processing with EQ.

Session 3. In the final week before the on-site recording trip, you will hone your skills and collect a range of recordings to create a sound composition. Advanced editing such as dynamic control and noise-reduction. Reflecting on the future of the aural landscape.

On-Site Session. This is your chance to fine-tune your skills, recording in quiet woodland and a coastal environment and a chance to meet your peers and discuss your recordings. Location to be advised – own travel to site required. Social distancing in place.

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