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Audio Story-crafting & Poetics

VIVO Media Arts

Sunday, 1 October 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

Audio Story-crafting & Poetics

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee GST/HST Quantity
Regular rate 8 Oct 2017 $38.00 $1.93 $2.00
VIVO Extended Producer Member rate   more info 8 Oct 2017 $27.00 $1.55 $1.43

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Audio Story-crafting & Poetics

Stimulate your sonic imagination and learn to use sound to evoke multi-dimensional storytelling with soundscape researcher & composer Helena Krobath!

One sessions, 4.5 hours total | $38, or $27 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)
Sunday, October 1, 1pm-5:30pm

This workshop will enable you to make better use of your current sonic palette and enrich your storytelling ability with an expanded awareness of the materiality of sound and ways to work with it. 

Intimidated by audio technology? Don’t be! This workshop meets you where you’re at. The focus will be on making meaningful sound using whatever is on hand and your own ears. Through hands-on exercises and experiments with field recorders, you’ll learn how to tune-in dimensions of complex sounds and discuss the meaning of what you hear with others. Because after all, telling a good story through audio involves a lot more than knowing how to turn a dial or flip a switch!

Learn how to listen to details and create custom sounds that enhance your specific projects, including movie soundtracks, radio dramas, documentaries, podcasts, ethnographic and environmental studies, and sound art installations.

Topics covered:

  • Conceptualizing sound, sonic vocabulary, and representational challenges 
  • Listening techniques and subjective responses to sounds
  • The spatiality of sound, and how to work with sound as sculptural material
  • Visualizing and notating sound
  • Field recording basics
  • Discovering and using acoustic properties of found materials 
  • Narrative techniques and pacing 

By the end of the workshop each student will have created a number of audio components to incorporate in their own projects and will have techniques for generating more in future. 

All participants also receive a substantial resource booklet of useful technical terms, how-to's, hacks, and tips!

All equipment will be provided, including headphones, though participants are welcome to bring their own preferred headphones if they wish.


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Helena Krobath is a researcher and multimedia artist currently completing her MA in Media Studies at Concordia, Montreal. Her research explores sensory phenomenology of place, as well as resource heritage and development in semi-rural colonial settlement. Her thesis fieldwork took place in forestry sites of Mission, British Columbia. She has taught listening and field recording workshops for the Milieux Institute and the Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute, among others. Read the Milieux Institute's interview with Helena here.







Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

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VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8

Sunday, 1 October 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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VIVO Media Arts

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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