Explore the power of sound design for installations and media experiences.

Date:  July 8-14, 2018
Levels:  Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee:  $1295
Class Size: 12

Sound design is perhaps the most overlooked component in the creation of impactful and immersive media experiences. Sound communicates emotion, story, character, a sense of place, and delivers dynamics that can’t be realized via other mediums.  It can disorient and disrupt, create anxiety or calm; it’s the hidden dimension that can make your work soar. Examine the theory, practice, aesthetics and tools of sound design as they relate to installations, radio/podcasts, streaming and other new media and multimedia experiences.  

Bring current or past still and motion media projects.  Be prepared to discuss the themes, meanings, and objectives of your projects. You will experiment using different aspects of sound design to maximize impact. You’ll create soundscapes incorporating music, environmental sounds, room ambience, sound effects, spoken word, and more. You’ll learn about presenting your work in spatialized multichannel environments, from binaural to ambisonics.

Explore the tools and processes of how to record, edit, mix, layer and dramatically transform sounds, then synchronize them to still and moving images. We will demystify the technology even as you will learn to use it to create content. You’ll build a library of sounds and effects to form a foundation for future work. Case studies and examples of sound design in various media will illuminate the range of possibilities being explored.  

Prepare to be astonished at how sound design can elevate your work.

Please note that sound design for film and television will be addressed in another workshop, Creative Sound Design for Film & TV.

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Michael J. Schumacher

Michael J. Schumacher has worked with spatialized sound, computers and electronics since the 1980s. His work and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries and at festivals throughout the world. He is an adjunct professor at New York University and has guest-lectured at Bard College, Columbia University, The New School, and RPI as well as having recently been the Varèse professor at Berlin's TU.