Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Mamori Sound Project

6th Annual Workshop/Residency for sound artists & composers at Mamori Lake (Amazon, Brazil)/ October 2011/ 2 weeks

Mamori Sound Project is an independent residency/workshop that has been carried out in the Brazilian Amazon since 2005 by a small non-profit organization, integrated by sound artist Francisco López and the cultural association Mamori ArtLab, based in Spain and Brazil. Mamori Sound Project supports the local community at Mamori Lake (Amazonas state, Brazil) by providing jobs every year for a significant number of people in this community.

The Mamori Sound Project is a 2-week workshop/residency for professional and semi-professional sound artists and composers with previous experience in the area of sound experimentation and field recordings. It takes place at Mamori Lake, in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon, and involves theoretical/discussion presentations, field work and studio work. The workshop/residency has a special focus on creative approaches to the work with field recordings, through an extensive exploration of natural sound environments. It does not have a technical character but is instead conceived and directed towards the development and realization of a collective project of sonic creation with the interaction of all participant artists/composers. The activities of the workshop/residency include: Introductory theoretical/discussion presentation sessions on field recordings and sound creation, with a historical/philosophical perspective.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Musician's Costume

For an extensive view of many more of these fantastic etchings please visit the website Costumes grotesques et métiers de Nicolas de Larmessin

The Sound Collector

Wildlife sound recording - a personal view from Alan Burbidge
Taken from the Wildlife Sound Recording Society homepage

Sunday, 14 August 2011

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

MoKS Centre for Art and Social Practice

MoKS - Center for Art and Social Practice, is a non-profit artist-run project space in Estonia situated in the rural community of Mooste. We are located 40km southeast of Tartu and 20km west of the Russian border. With its diverse approach and open atmosphere, MoKS holds a unique position within the Estonian and greater European cultural context.

The MoKS "guest studio" was opened in 2001 as an organization dedicated to local and international cooperation in the fields of arts and environmental research in the rural context of post-soviet Estonia. Apart from managing the residency program our activities range from hosting an international arts symposium to educational workshops for artists and the local youth.

The MoKS studios are located in the newly renovated space of the manor house of the old Mooste farming estate. With its broad scope and focused environment, MoKS is the only project of its kind in Estonia.

Recent articles of interest

A Few quick links to some articles I have been looking at recently:

Instructions on how to build a Cheap Senstitive Hydrophone from the Bioacoustics & Sonar department of Loughborough University.

Get better sound from Piezo mics and pick-ups

Good contact mic for sound design

Noise & Capitalism

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Homemade Rotary Speaker

"This produces a sound a little like a Leslie speaker as used on Hammond Organs but in this case the whole speaker itself turns. I designed and built it myself and it cost me nothing!"