New York Soundscape: Field Recording Workshops

Sep 07, 2011 10:52 am
Do you listen to your environment? What sounds remind you of home? Have you ever thought of using those sounds as music?

Ear to the Earth invites you to participate in one of our free New York Soundscape field recording workshops. For two days, participants will learn about listening to their environment, identifying soundmarks, and the art of field recording. Workshop participants will then experience field recording first hand as they mine their soundscape for unique sounds and record them for themselves.

Workshop dates and locations:

September 10, 2-6pm
at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY, 10301

September 19 & 21, 5–8pm
at Issue Project Room
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11215

The recordings gathered during the Brooklyn workshop will be featured during a special performance of Share, a collaborative performance environment at Issue Project Room. Recordings gathered during the Staten Island workshop will be woven into a performance at Snug Harbor by contemporary pianist Joe Kubera,  as part of the Ear to the Earth Festival.

Recordings from both workshops will be further used as part of a final work featuring sounds from all boroughs, called 100 x John. In honor of John Cage's 100th birthday, this piece will be modeled on his unique compositional techniques—using indeterminacy and New York sounds to create a true New York Soundscape.

To sign up for a workshop email, specifying if you are reserving a space for the Brooklyn or Staten Island workshop.

Ear to the Earth is a festival and organization that highlights issues of the environment through sound and media. For its sixth annual installment, Ear to the Earth will present New York Soundscape, an event portraying the sonic life force of New York City, October 15—23, 2011. Visit or for more information.
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