Fwd: The Art of Immersive Soundscapes

Subject: Fwd: The Art of Immersive Soundscapes
From: Yves Gigon (ygigon@videotron.ca)
Date: Sun Jun 27 2004 - 13:02:46 EDT

>For immediate release:
>A Summer Institute at the University of Regina
>July 5-19, 2004
>The Department of Music and the Department of Media Production and
>Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Regina, are proud to
>present The Art of Immersive Soundscapes, an intensive two-week summer
>institute on the production and creation of soundscapes.
>Emerging from a history of soundscape creation and spatialized music
>composition, immersive soundscapes are a multidisciplinary undertaking,
>in which the artist records sound in various environments, composes
>music and/or manufactures unique sonic signatures, all as material for
>an audio composition that plays out in a manner that surrounds the
>audience in aural cues. It is as if the listener has been submerged
>into a pool of sound, an experience that may be augmented with visual
>elements. The result can be a tremendously evocative document that
>captures the spirit of an environment, making powerful artistic, social
>and political statements. 
>The artists who will be presenting immersive soundscapes and leading
>the workshop series are from diverse fields, all expert in soundscape
>creation. Darren Copeland (Toronto) is a composer and sound designer;
>Linda Duvall (Saskatoon) works in audio and visual art; Peter Hatch
>(Waterloo, Ont.) is a composer at Wilfrid Laurier University; Steve
>Heimbecker (Montreal) is an independent audio artist; Barry Truax
>(Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) is a composer and a founding
>figure in soundscape creation.
>The Summer Institute is a unique opportunity for students, artists,
>musicians, and researchers to collaborate with five of Canada's most
>innovative and creative composers and audio artists, while working in
>the University of Regina's state-of-the-art Electroacoustic Composition
>+ Creation Lab and the New Media Studio Lab surround sound facilities.
>Since much of the equipment is portable, there is ample opportunity to
>work off-campus in Regina's beautiful parks, or in the countryside.
>Public presentations will take place July 12 - 17. The workshops are
>held during the same period: enrolment is limited to 25 participants
>and the fee for the weeklong workshop is $200.00: materials,
>transportation and accommodation are extra. Inexpensive accommodation
>can be arranged on or off-campus.
>For more information, please visit our web site:
>email: soundscape@uregina.ca or write to:
>The Art of Immersive Soundscapes
>Faculty of Fine Arts
>University of Regina
>Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2
>Press contact: Charles Fox, 306 585 4569
>The Art of Immersive Soundscapes is being coordinated by Dr. Pauline
>Minevich, Head, Department of Music and Charles Fox, Associate
>Professor, Department of Media Production and Studies, through the
>Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Regina. Sponsored in part by the
>University of Regina and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
>Council of Canada.

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