Sound Walks – Stories Taking Place
An intensive 3-day seminar.
Technological developments have sparked a new generation of creative sonic experiences and uncommon tours through site-specific audio programs that are easily downloadable on mobile devices: a recorded and intimate voice guides an individual in a place and plays with the body, the imagination, the memory and the surroundings.
This seminar has been specially designed to teach and encourage audio producers and creative writers to reimagine the city, foster their creativity and sharpen their writing skills. To produce a successful site-specific audio program many skills are required, from research and journalism to sound storytelling to app designing, in addition to a considerable dose of observation, creativity and writing.
Produced by UnionDocs in partnership with Mathilde Walker-Billaud and Pejk Malinovski, the seminar will go into the various creative practices of site-specific audio walks and interventions. It will offer technical tools and skill sets for navigating through this medium and finding your own path in this emergent art.
Over the course of three days, 10 to 14 participants will learn from a team of seasoned guest speakers and practitioners — radio auteurs & producers, performance artists, writers, entrepreneurs, documentarists. The seminar will explore site-specific storytelling, sound design, audience engagement, instruction-based practice and more. Workshops, discussions, exercises, walks in the city (field trips) and a work-in-progress critique will help put this new knowledge into practice.
Pejk Malinovski, radio producer and poet, will lead the seminar as main instructor.
When: Friday, April 22th. – Sunday, 24th – 10am-5pm
Where: UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Who is eligible?
Open to everyone. We are looking for radio producers, media & sound artists, app designers and writers interested in places, audio practice and writing.
Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. When you register you will be asked for a short statement of interest that should briefly describe your experience in audio practice and a project idea (if you have one), plus a bio. There’s a spot for a link to a work sample and CV, which would also be nice, but is not required.
Please note: Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Focus is on discussions, observation, imagination and writing. The goal is to develop your project conceptually.
$385 early bird registration by March 29th.
Please note that the service charge (about 3% of the amount) is waived if payment is made via check.
Checks can be made out to UnionDocs and mailed to 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211.
In order to keep costs down, this workshop is a b-y-o-m, bring your own material (laptop, headphones, recorder). Students must be fully proficient using and operating their computers.
(subject to change)
Day 1: Site-specific storytelling
Am: Pejk Malinovski
Pm: Alexandra Horowitz
The first day of the seminar looks in-depth at the ways we can tell stories about neighborhoods and places. It will include one field trip.
Day 2 : On-location participatory projects
Am: Todd Shalom
The second day of the intensive focuses on writing and producing participatory projects in a specific site. It will include one field trip.
Day 3 : The listener’s experience
Guest Instructor: Kara Oehler
The third day explores the multiple ways to build an audio itinerary and the possible tools to interact with the walker/listener. The afternoon will focus on students’ projects (work-in-progress critiques)
Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:
10:00a Warm up, inspiring references, listening exercises, ear training.
12:30p Share / Discussion / Exercise
1:00p Lunch (on your own)
4:00p Workshop Exercise