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!

 

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.

 

Group 5: Huddersfield Train Station (Second choice)

If we cannot use the Huddersfield Parish Church as our location for the soundscape, another location we could use is the Huddersfield Train Station. It has quite a history behind it, but the main attraction is the types of sound we would get when recording there. Train engines, brakes screeching, hydraulic doors – All would make a nice array to fill a soundscape with, especially because you would be able to recognise most of the sounds found there.

Group 3 Gareth, Jacob, James

The place we have chosen to make a soundscape of is the train station (second choice is that square by mc donalds) due to it being central to people coming in and out of Huddersfield. It is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. We will splice together sounds of footsteps, talking, trains, announcements and people eating to tell the story of all the travellers coming into Huddersfield. The station was designed by James Pritchett and built by Joseph Kaye’s firm in 1946-1950.hero-6-sample-train_tcm1085-190382

 

 

 

 

Group 1 – Ryan, Lewis, Magdalene, David and Phoebe

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We have chosen to use the space outside Huddersfield St. Peters Church because there is a variety of different sonic entities including the sounds of cars, footsteps, people, bells, wind and a lot more that we can utilise and express.

This church has a rich history which could be used to our advantage to create a story with these sounds. One idea is to re-create it getting built up in 1834, with the sounds of construction and the historical environment.

Group 5: Huddersfield Parish Church

History Of The Parish Church

The first church was built by Walter de Laci was a wealthy nobleman who held a great deal of land in Yorkshire, including the manors of Huddersfield and Almondbury. The story of how the church was built was that Walter got thrown from his horse into a swampy marsh, and vowed that if he was spared that he would go on to build a church. He kept to this promise and founded the Huddersfield Parish Church in 1090 to 1100. In 1503-1506 the church was rebuilt into the ‘perpendicular’ style. Another restoration project was held which raised the floor by eight feet and constructed a crypt, extended the nave by thirty feet to the west, and built the tower much higher to 120 feet. This work was completed in 1836 and the church keeps mainly the same design as back then. There is a lot of history to be explored with the Parish church and many ideas come to mind when thinking of designing soundscapes and sound walks.

Group 2- Sarah, Lucas, Adrian, Danielle, Mason

The place that we thought we would like to use was Byram arcade, because it is a cavernous space that could either be very quiet or very loud at any given moment, which gives us a big range of sounds to use, which we thought would be interesting.

arcadeWe had a few different ideas whilst we were in the building that could show a lot of potential:

  • Representing the passing of time as you walk from one end of the hall to the other, early in the morning when things are slow, afternoons when it is very busy and then in the evening when it is all quiet again.
  • Making use of the great reverb by dropping things such as pebbles from the balcony (making sure not to damage the floor!) and creating things from the sounds they make.
  • During quiet times you would hear quieter sounds, so we could emphasize some high frequency sounds such as buzzing lights, chairs scraping and doors opening.