Intuitive Experimental Field Recording
Any sound can be used as an emotional barometer of time and place. This masterclass by Kristel Jax embraces limitation and chance to demonstrate the endless potential found in asking an environment what it requires to be heard. Students will use handheld portable recorders and objects of their choosing in and around InterAccess to record sound, then mix, manipulate, and collage their recordings in Ableton to create an original composition that reflects on the time and place it was recorded. Ultimately, each participant will explore how to use new listening skills in their own practices.
The first session Time, Place, and Chance teaches students to tune into their environment to create works of music and audio art. Students will bring or locate an object from which to make sound (any object! So long as it doesn’t plug into the wall) and learn how to access the full potential of that sound maker as it exists in the moment. The final half of the class will be spent making original sound recordings in and around InterAccess.
The second session Making Experimental Soundscapes will allow students to craft their audio recordings into original experimental compositions which convey an intended or intuitive emotion/narrative. Students will learn the basics of Ableton including importing files via TASCAM audio interface, cutting and splicing, collage, looping, time and pitch manipulation, audio effects, and more. The class will end with a composition listening party and group discussion on making the most of one’s environment by listening and “tuning in.”
Part 1: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Part 2: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Membership Price: $95
Regular Price: $145
What to bring:
- One object capable of making sound that does not require a wall plug
- Laptop (A few computers are available at InterAccess for those who don't own one - contact us in advance to reserve one)
- Ableton with the 30-day trial downloaded: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
- Portable device capable of recording (cellphone, cassette recorder, zoom, etc) that does not require a wall plug
About the Instructor:
Kristel Jax is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her work traces the impossibility of a single narrative by channeling the ambiguity of perception, and seeks to shift perspectives on the human experience in the digital era through emotion based story telling. She records songs with radio waves in any town or city she visits, and under her stage name Brigitte Bardon’t is behind multi-media project O/L, radio series Infinite Poolside, and interactive performance / podcast Drone Therapy, which installed in 2019 at InterAccess. Her debut album Radio Songs is out now on Already Dead Tapes & Records.
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We regret that at this time InterAccess does not have barrier-free access; we are currently working to improve the accessibility of all facilities. There are five steps up to our main entrance. Once inside all facilities are on the same level, and there is a single-user washroom inside the unit.