No Artist Left Behind: The DC Listening Lounge Audio Workshop

Washington Project for the Arts and the DC Listening Lounge present
The DC Listening Lounge Audio Workshop
part of the No Artist Left Behind Series

Saturday, February 5, 11am-3pm
at the WPA Office, 2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW
This workshop is free and open to current WPA members, but
advance registration is required. Email bmurphy@wpadc.org to register.

The DC Listening Lounge invites you to come out for a day of creative listening,  mind-stretching, art-orchestrating, music-making and general audio hullabaloo …in other words—The DC Listening Lounge Audio Workshop!

Enjoy an introduction to experimental sound practices and sound art, followed by hands-on exercises in recording and listening to sound. Whether you’re a multimedia artist looking to integrate more sound into your work or a painter looking for inspiration from a new source, experimenting with sound can bring a new dimension to your artistic practice. All you need are ears (and interest), no previous audio experience required.

Participants will start off by listening to sound samples drawn from contemporary art, theatre/ performance design, documentary and the world at large. This introduction will be followed by a discussion of tools, concepts and techniques for working with sounds. During the second half of the workshop, the four workshop organizers will each offer a short session focused on their own interests and experiences. These short sessions will cover a variety of topics, including sounds and color, layering sound, collecting and listening, physical acoustics and much more.

The four-hour workshop includes a lunch break. Participants should plan on getting lunch near WPA’s Dupont Circle office during the break.

About DC Listening Lounge:

Once a month this rag-tag group of audio enthusiasts meets in someone’s living room. We draw no blood and make no demands. We simply sit on sofas, chairs, the floor and listen to each other’s work. We also eat and drink. Listen to samples of work by Listening Lounge members at www.dclisteninglounge.com

The DCLL regularly curates audio art, interactive audio installations and orchestrates audio adventures around the DC area including recent collaborations with the Washington D.C. Goethe Institute (an audio lecture and field trip), the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities (51 Portraits of D.C. project. Mobile phone dial up audio portraits on display on the north side of the D.C. Convention Center) and the annual “DCLL Sound Scene Interactive Audio Installation,” including recorded sound, live performance, audio forts and an audio playroom.

About the workshop organizers:

Jonah Beram is a composer and musician based in Washington, DC. He frequently works with computers and is currently exploring multi-channel speaker networks and interactive music compositions. Jonah also organizes DC Music and Technology, a monthly lecture series exploring the intersection of aesthetics and tools in the audio field.

Jeff Deitchman taught Radio Arts, Creative Writing, and English for Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, and will soon teach radio courses for Montgomery College.  He served on the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation committee to create and draft the first National Radio Curriculum, and similarly, on the Maryland State Radio Curriculum drafting committee.  His students’ work has been featured by the National Writing Project and the Maryland Writing Project.

Jocelyn Frank is an Associate Producer of Americana, a weekly radio broadcast from BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Before that she was producing and reporting for National Public Radio (programs including All Things Considered, Tell Me More and Weekend Edition). In 2008 Jocelyn’s radio report “Passover in Uganda” was awarded the Be’chol Lashon Media Award for excellence in multicultural media.  Her production work with Tell Me More was recognized and awarded by the Association of Black Journalists in 2007. Jocelyn Frank is a classically trained oboist and performs actively with her band, The Torches (a stompin’ hollerin’ banjo-oboe-harmonica-violin-cello-bass-drums-accordion-ish collection of musicians). She serves as a facilitator of the D.C. Listening Lounge audio collective.www.JocelynFrank.com

James Bigbee Garver creates sonic inventions, soundscapes and music for live performance, film, and interactive media. He often mixes the timbres of acoustic instruments with abstract, synthetic audio to achieve an emotionally powerful blend of otherworldly music. His work for theatre and dance has been heard in New York at Lincoln Center and Performance Space 122, as well as at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, among others. In DC he has worked with Synetic, Scena, Solas Nua, and Georgetown University Theatres since re-locating in September 2009. More information at bigbee.org.

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