Course detail

Audio Workshop

FaVU-1ZT-LAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is focused on practical audio exercises and experimental sound creation realized in the form of constructing students’ simple lo-fi instruments (hardware / software) and improvisation with them. Following the practical exercises, it also includes the presentation of the history and contexts of the used technologies. The course includes introduction to practical electronics (soldering of basic circuits) and programming in max/msp. The core of the course is a mutual experimentation and studio jam sessions with DIY instruments` collaboration, improvisation, recording, presentation. Each student will create her own free-form audio project (concert, sound object, instrument, composition, sound installation, performance, concept, reportage, audiobook, etc.) and present it in a collective public event (TRIAL).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain knowledge of the basics of programming in max/msp and DIY creation of sound instruments. They will also get acquainted with the basics of electronics and selected concepts of sound generation. Course develops the ability of improvisation and group collaboration.

Prerequisites

Predispositions for one’s own audio production, willingness to improvise, experiment, listen, collaborate and finally present your audio project publicly together.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Nicolas Collins, Handmade electronic music, The Art of Hardware Hacking, Routledge, 2009
Alex McLean, Roger T. Dean, The Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music, Oxford University Press, 2018
V.J.Manzo, Max/Msp/Jitter for Music – A practical guide to developing Interactive Music Systems for education and more, Oxford University Press, 2011
Adrian Moore, Sonic Art – An introduction to Electroacoustic Music Composition, Routledge, 2016
Milan Guštar, Elektrofony, Historie, principy, souvislosti, I,II, Uvnitř, 2007
Scott Willson, Davud Cottle, Nick Collins – The SuperCollider Book, The MIT Press, 2011
Andrey Smirnov: Sound in Z – Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th Century Russia, FUNDACION PROA, 2013
Thomas Bey William Bailey, Micro-bionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century , Scb Distributors, 2009
Trevor Wishart, On Sonic Art, Routledge, 1997
John Cage, Composition In Retrospect, Exact Change, 2008

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical exercises and workshops.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Active participation in classes and presentation of one's own audio project and cooperation in the preparation of a collective public event (TRIAL) are required for the credit.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1) Sound as a medium – including variety of tools outside the commercial software and hardware.
2) Idea Lo-fi, DIY, Low-cost, open-source.
3) Piezo and transducer, contact microphone + speaker and their possibilities.
4) Basics of working with electronics – soldering, simple circuits.
5) Acoustic resonators.
6) Optical oscillators.
7) Feedback.
8) Circuit bending, hacking, error, glitch.
9) Algorithmic composition – basics max/msp.
10) Jam sessions – strategies of playing together, respect, listening to the whole, dramaturgy.
11) Experimentation in a sound studio.
12) Field recording.
13) The TRIAL evening where everyone will present their audio project (performance, object, instrument, composition, installation...).

Aims

The aim of the course is to develop the practical skills in sound creation and the individual aesthetics of students (search for authentic sound expression). In the form of jam-sessions and collective presentations, the course aims to develop a sense of cooperation and improvisation. Through the acquaintance with practical technological creation, the course aims to develop the ability to create an individualized medium (thinking in the medium), instead of choosing ready-made, commercial solutions.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars and workshops is mandatory (attendance at least 50%).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUB Bachelor's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Practical class

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer