Week 2 – Workshop Journal

The Greenhead College Students presented their ideas how they would like to create soundscapes depending on their locations.

Group 1 was interested in historical side of Market Place Square, and Group 2 decided to record various objects in Byram Arcade to create musical composition. Group 3 came up with the idea of creating a sound journal of someone’s day from the moment of arriving at the train station. Group 4 chose the town alley, Wood Street, to create a story telling with tension and decided to record sounds like rattling of locks, chains, metal grates, and the moving cans and bottles. Group 5 selected Parish Church yard and they researched on historical side of the church including some famous people who buried at the church.

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After the presentation, they were introduced the portable sound recorder, Zoom H4N, and Zoom SGH-6 shotgun microphone. They tested the microphone with different angles and tried the shut gun microphone to test how far they could record a specific sound.

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The students were split into groups and went out for recording. Even though it was very windy and rainy day, the students were very excited about going out for recording!

Group 1 walked around the market square and searched for interesting sounds to record. When moving from Market Walk, a narrow alley, towards Market Cross, they realised that their footsteps sound very different. They recorded sound of phone booth, metal chair, ATM cash point, cars and buses, using the listening practice they had learnt from the previous week.

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Do they look suspicious? Don’t worry. They are only recording sound of the ATM!

 

Group 2 recorded different locations and objects in Byram Arcade. They touched and hit various objects and captured the sound of the lift going up and down.

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While one person is recording sound, another person is documenting where and what they are recording. They are already one step forward to be professionals!

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Checking every possible sound making object! Knock Knock.

 

Group 3 wanted to record not only the sound of the station itself but also capture what people do in the station. They recorded sound of someone walking, running and even buying a chocolate at the station shop!

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Recording sound of someone walking at the station.

 

So looking forward to listening what kind sounds they have captured!

 

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Microphones

Zoom H4N

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  • Unidirectional condenser microphones
  • The angle of microphones can be changed from 90 degrees for a tightly focused stereo image to 120 degrees for a wider image.

 

Zoom H5

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  • Unidirectional condenser microphones with fixed 90 degree angle

 

Zoom SGH-6 Shotgun Microphone

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  • Super-directional microphone for picking up sound in the center

 

Week 1 – Workshop Journal

On the first day of the Sound Imagining workshop, the Greenhead College students learnt about ‘Soundscape’ composition and ‘Soundwalk’.

The workshop leader, Jung In, introduced the definition of Soundscape and some composition works from Soundscape Pioneers including Luigi Russolo, Hildegard Westerkamp, Luc Ferrari, and Chris Watson.

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Jung In Jung introduces the French soundscape composer, Luc Ferrari, to the Greenhead College Students.

The crucial practice to create Soundscape is Listening, because it helps to realise our sonic environment and to find interesting sound entities to create musical composition.

A soundwalk is the listening practice introduced by soundscape pioneers. The students practiced how to be aware of their sonic surrounding in the class first. They listened to the close sounds from their body and then gradually to sounds further away from them.

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Greenhead College students were asked to close their eyes to focus on listening to their sonic environment in the class.

 

Three different areas were chosen to go for a soundwalk: The train station, Byram Arcade and Parish Church yard. The students were divided into three groups and walked around those areas with their group leaders.

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Dr. Liz Dobson is leading a soundwalk for a group of students in Market Place.

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Another group of students is listening to the sonic environment in Byram Arcade closing their eyes.

 

The students listened to what kind of sounds were dominating those areas and what kind of sounds were interesting to create soundscape compositions.

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Maps of three different areas and notes taken by students.