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B–CSC Winter Masterclass - The Art of Field Recording







The Art of Field Recording masterclass provides a rare opportunity to learn from two internationally acclaimed sound artists and recordists Douglas Quin [US] and Philip Samartzis [AU].  The masterclass will draw on the ground-breaking work Quin and Samartzis have produced in the Arctic and Antarctica to demonstrate technical and creative processes used to register and exhibit the transformative effects of extreme climates upon wilderness ecologies.

This five-day intensive masterclass will be an intense creative experience for all involved. You will live, work and participate in group and individual tuition with two world renown sound recordists. You will learn how to prepare for and undertake fieldwork in remote wilderness environments, and their attendant conditions. Practical fieldwork will be complimented by technical demonstrations and conversations focusing on sound recording, compositional methods and analysis, spatial sound techniques, approaches to sound design, and strategies for broadcast and exhibition. Fieldwork will be undertaken at Howmans Gap, and in the spectacular mountain settings of the Bogong High Plains during the winter snow season. This uniquely Australian setting provides a rare pristine environment to experiment with site responsive recording techniques using a broad range of professional equipment supplied by Nagra, Rycote and DPA microphones.

The Art of Field Recording is for anyone aspiring to work at a professional standard as an artist, composer or designer. Whether you are interested in sound art, film design, soundscape composition, acoustic ecology, experimental music, performance, spatial sound or environmental art, this masterclass will significantly enhance your knowledge and practice. You will be working with experienced practitioners who are internationally recognised for their soundscape compositions and spatial sound practices, and who possess the understanding and intellectual framework necessary to help you realise your creative and professional ambitions. 


  • Demonstrations of recording techniques presented by Douglas Quin [US] & Philip Samartzis [AU], leading experts in sound art and acoustic ecology.
  • Practical fieldwork undertaken in a pristine alpine wilderness area during winter the snow season
  • Instruction on how to prepare for deep field work in challenging environmental conditions.
  • Exploration of the Bogong High Plains under the guidance of an Antarctic field training officer.
  • Presentation and analysis of documentary films and soundscape compositions exploring polar regions and their communities.

The course fee includes: 5 days of classes and associated activities, 6 nights shared accommodation plus all meals. 

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5 days
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 23:15 to Friday, July 5, 2019 - 12:00
Upon Request

Howmans Gap Alpine Centre
2587 Bogong High Plains Rd,
Howmans Gap, Falls Creek,
Victoria, Australia



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