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.
Invited speakers include ‘Designing Sound’ author Andy Farnell, Patrick Susini from IRCAM (Paris, France) and Larry Sider, director of the School of Sound symposium (Oxford, UK). Whilst discussions may have an academic bias, Pauletto, who also heads up the MA/MSc in Sound Design programme at York, believes that “this event brings together researchers, practitioners and educators with different expertise to look at sound design from different perspectives and to identify commonalities that can help us define this field of study.”