IAP: Listening to Place

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm


This is a three-day workshop that examines the history and use of recorded sound as a means to understand our relationship with the environment. Participants will develop both active listening and basic sound recording techniques in tandem, as interrelated tools of perception. We will discuss the relationship between objective and subjective listening as a lens for understanding how our dual role of participant/recorder determines the way we interact with the world.

The workshop will take place over three 2-hour sessions and will cover some basic aspects of the sound-recording and editing process as well as a conceptual framework with the aim of creating an audio portrait of a particular place, chosen by the participant. Participants should have access to an audio recorder, headphones and a computer for editing. Smartphones and earbuds are possible but not ideal. I am happy to discuss why and make recommendations for upgrades before or during the workshop.

Sessions will be in-person, in room 9-217 on three consecutive Wednesdays, from 2-4pm:

Wednesday, 1/5/22
Wednesday, 1/12/22
Wednesday, 1/19/22

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School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P)

Department of Urban Studies & Planning
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