Friday, September 17, 2010

Field Recording Workshop: "Movement of acoustic images"

October 29th, 30th | Milan @ Live!iXem 2010 - Edition VII
International festival of music, mixed media and experimental electronic art

Aims of laboratory
  • Explore through the knowledge of digital recording techniques the universe sound belonging to the "places";
  • Discuss some aspects of the use of specific material in electronic and instrumental composition.
Localization of sound in the environment focuses on the theme "sound mapping" as a social and cultural identity and, at the same time, an expression of conscience and personal feelings, whereas its use in music opens important interdisciplinary horizons.

The workshop's aim is to provide an introduction to theory and practice of the main mobile sound recording techniques and the use of sound sources in different fields, from sound design to cinema, from digital editing to the use of digital sources in instrumental composition, electronic music and live electronics. Music compositions and musical excerpts from field recordings will also be introduced, listened and discussed. All members are invited to participate in the soundwalk along the neighborhood "Isola" in Milan and thus contribute during the workshop to the creation of a small sound map of the place. The pieces obtained at the end of the workshop will be diffused through a multi-channel audio speakers setup and then available to the public in the form of soundscape composition.

Speakers: Alessandro Massobrio (ITA), Fabio Orsi (ITA), Natasha Barrett (ENG)
Curated by Matteo Milani, Federico Placidi (U.S.O. Project) and Domenico Sciajno

Documents available online


Costs and subscription

To participate in the workshop you must register (spaces are limited) no later than 23/10/2010 and pay the fee (€ 60.00).
For more information about the workshop and registration, please write to workshop [at] antitesi [dot] org or visit the Facebook and Twitter page.

Payment methods
  • PayPal
  • Money transfer


All subjects and activities of the workshop/laboratory are addressed at the introductory and preliminary level, combining theory and practice with some helpful audiovisual material. Members are encouraged to get involved actively, having discussion and bringing in their experience. Participants will be guided, if weather conditions permit, in a short sound-geo path through the "Isola" neighborhood in Milan and invited to contribute to the creation of a work of the soundwalk. It does not require any special technical knowledge and/or music. However, the knowledge of digital audio recording/editing basics can be an advantage.


The workshop is devoted for those sound designers, musicians, composers, sound engineers and experts who would consolidate and compare their experience in an environment of exchange and sharing, to all the "listening lovers" and those who have interest and curiosity about soundscape and electronic compositions.

Entry requirements

There are no special requirements. The workshop is open to all without any age limit. Entries remain open until all available seats have been booked.

  • Mac/PC laptop (useful but not essential during the editing and sound processing sessions)
  • owners of a portable recorder are asked to take it for the soundwalk in the neighborhood "Isola"
  • Roland Italy will provide participants two digital recorders - R-09HR and R-05


The workshop will be held at:

O' | residences | photography | sound | performance
non-profit association | via Pastrengo 12, 20159 Milan (Italy)
tel +39 02 6682 3357

O 'is a non profit organization for the promotion of artistic research, founded in May 2001 by Sara Serighelli and Angelo Colombo as O'artoteca (O' since 2008). Its activity is divided into a large exhibition space, an area of consultation and archive, and an outside lab, L.A.B.-LaboratorioArtibovisa for the production related to photography and printing. It developes exhibition projects and discussions, performances, concerts, lectures, publications; it's a place where artists can experiment, test and compete with their work.


Alessandro Massobrio

Guitarist and composer, he is interested in working in collaboration with other art forms and works with experimental cinema and audiovisual art. He composes instrumental music as well as electronic pieces. His personal research focuses on illusion, relationship between sound and geometry, animal sound communication, emotions and thoughts. His music is related to the control of the physical gesture, timbre, decay and concrete material in order to create electronic-like structures and effect. As a performer he plays e.guitar and electronics in the audiovisual project Flushing Device.

Fabio Orsi

Fabio Orsi is an electronic musician specializing in atmospheric drone. Fabio Orsi has consolidated his reputation as a key figure of the international nu-folk electronica underground with a bewildering yet fascinating series of solo works and collaborations dominated by psychedelically flavoured soundscapes. Orsi creates atmospheric audio postcards with a tangible sense of time and place, utilizing layers of guitars, old keyboards and found sounds, having a keen attention to details, loops develop so naturally that it’s almost impossible to notice when certain sounds are brought in and out.

Natasha Barrett (Guest lecture)

Natasha Barrett works foremostly with composition and creative uses of sound. Her output spans concert composition through to sound-art, sound-architecture, installations, interactive works. Whether writing for instrumental performers or electronic media her compositional aesthetics are derived from acousmatic issues focusing on the aural perception of detail, structure and potential meaning, and an interest in techniques that reveal detail the ear will normally miss. The composition and manipulation of space is a central element in much of this work. As a performer she works with electronics, improvisation and the interpretation of acousmatic works.


October 29th, 2010

[10.30 am]

Introduction by Ricciarda Belgiojoso, author of the book "Costruire con i suoni - Building with sounds". Defining the concept of soundscape and sound design work on the urban space.

[11 am -13 pm]

1st part: sound recording - microphones, hydrophones and geophones, digital recorders.
2nd part: the perception of sound in space. The multichannel sound reproduction.

[13-14 pm] lunch break

[14-17 pm]

1st part: listening, editing with freeware software.
2nd part: soundwalk.

October 30th, 2010

[10.30 am -13 pm]

1st part: spectral analysis and editing. From time to frequencies.
2nd part: Presentation of instrumental and electronic works composed with custom sound sources

[13-14 pm] lunch break

[14-16 pm]

Conclusion: Creating one or more sound tracks based upon the soundwalk. Diffusion.

[16-18 pm]

Natasha Barrett - Composing with 3D space: the use of Soundfield recordings and Higher Order Ambisonics spatialisation in composition.

INFO: Antitesi | | workshop [at] antitesi [dot] org |

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