This coming Friday (5 July) a one-day symposium, ‘Perspectives on Sound Design’, takes place with the aim of promoting discussion around the “tools, methods of research and teaching practices” involved in sound design. University of York’s department of Theatre, Film and Television (York, UK) will host the event. Symposium Chair, Dr Sandra Pauletto, summarised the fundamental question motivating the gathering: “The term ‘sound design’ is used in many fields: cinema, product design, theatre, sonic art, etc. but there is no clear definition of what it means to design sound.Read More
Earlier this week, we posted that Peter Albrechtsen’s Masterclass presentation at DocHouse was available for viewing online. That’s not the only video in the series worth your time though. Make sure you check out the others, featuring Mary Milton and Larry Sider!
There are a few educational opportunities coming up next year, all around the globe, and now’s a good time to start planning for them.
This will take up a fair bit of real-estate, so follow the jump to see what’s coming up.Read More
The London Film School is hosting a 2 day weekend workshop with Gustavo Costantini on January 28th and 29th. Gustavo Costantini earned his PhD working under Michel Chion, is a Professor of Sound and Editing at the University of Buenos Aires, University of Cinema, and at the National University Institute for the Arts (IUNA). He is also a board member of the School of Sound and part of the editorial team of The New Soundtrack. The London Film School is also offering a 20% discount to Designing Sound readers. So if you’re in the area, you might not want to miss out on the opportunity.
You can register for the course here, and make sure to use the discount code designingsound20% during checkout.
Here is a brief description of the workshop (full description is available here):
SOUND & MUSIC TECHNIQUES FOR NARRATIVE FILMMAKING with Gustavo Costantini Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2012 10.30am-5.30pm – £200 – This essential 2-day workshop aims to equip filmmakers with a better understanding of how sound and images are used in filmmaking. Rather than the blank coverage approach now demanded of many sound editors, designers and re-recording mixers, tutor Gustavo Costantini advocates soundtracks to be full of ideas rather than effects. Participants will learn key elements of sound/image strategies and be introduced to all the possible uses of sound and music in film. Extensive use of film clips ranging from THE BIRDS to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN will demonstrate how difficult it is to think in terms of sound and music and how neglected these fields still are. Exclusive material provided by Academy Award-winning Sound Editor Walter Murch will be used to reveal his working methods on the assembly of sound design and film editing. This unique footage will also show the collaboration between Murch and Anthony Minghella on the opening sequence of THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, from first assembly to the final version.
The School of Sound has announced the release of a reprinted version of “SOUNDSCAPE: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001“, one of the most amazing books to read if you’re involved with sound design or sound in general.
SOUNDSCAPE is a compendium of presentations given during the first four years of the School of Sound investigating the modern soundtrack and the ways sound combines with image in both art and entertainment. Directors, sound designers, composers, editors, artists and theorists define and interpret their personal use of sound from both traditional approaches and radical new perspectives.
The contributors include directors David Lynch and Mike Figgis; sound designers Walter Murch, Owe Svensson and Randy Thom; composers Carter Burwell, David Burnand and Stephen Deutsch; producer Bob Last; theorists Laura Mulvey, Michel Chion and Ian Christie; critics Peter Wollen, James Leahy and Shoma Chatterji; screenwriter Phil Parker; filmmakers Mani Kaul and Amie Siegel; music producer Manfred Eicher; anthropologist Thanos Vovolis; and poet Tom Paulin. The contributors represent some of the most insightful people currently working with sound.
Key to each chapter is each speaker’s focus on working methods and creative thinking, investigating how sound is integrated into their practice and way of communicating. The presentations are remarkable in their breadth and depth of discourse, each one expanding the thinking about audio-visual production into unexpected and inspiring territory.
SOUNDSCAPE is available on Central Books. A separate US distributor will be listed soon.
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