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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

9th April 2022, Bangalore International Centre (BIC)


 

On the 9th of April 2022, we facilitated a half-day workshop at the BIC. In the workshop, participants learnt to heighten their awareness of surrounding sonic environments by exploring techniques such as Deep Listening. The workshop emphasised and helped participants learn practical techniques of field recording, as well as how to use tools such as microphones, sound recorders and digital audio workstations. Participants were also introduced to important audio works that deal with the subject matter.


 

WORKSHOP OUTLINE:


  • Introductions

  • Listening to 4'33


  • Discussing 4'33 ---- 'Hearing v/s Listening' ---- 'What is silence?'

  • Exercise: blindfolded and deaf partners walking around BIC campus

Blindfold and Deaf Exercise
Blindfold and Deaf Exercise

  • Discussing experiences from the exercise

  • Exercise: Listening to a range of frequencies



Listening to a range of frequencies
Listening to audible range of frequencies

  • Exercise: Going around the BIC campus to records sounds with phones / field-recorders

  • How to manipulate sound recordings in a DAW by adding effects, etc.


Editing recordings in Audacity
Editing recordings in Audacity


Editing recordings in Audacity


  • How to use Contact Microphones


  • Exercise: Build your own instrument using contact mics and common stationery (paper, rubber bands, etc.)



Building an instrument with paper cups, rubber bands and contact mics
Building an instrument with paper cups, rubber bands and contact mics


  • Exercise: Forming a band and composing a piece --- 'drawing' the composition


Participants building instruments using contact mics
Participants building instruments using contact mics


Drawing the composition
Drawing the composition


Drawing the composition
Drawing the composition


  • Concert / Presentation of Compositions



Making a poster for the performance
Making a poster for the performance

Poster for Performance
Poster for Performance


Participants presenting their instruments
Participants presenting their instruments








 




Deep Listening, Voice, Sound Pedagogy