Serendipity HS15 – Landscape Acoustics

MAPPING SOUNDS IN KYOTO GARDENS

Inspired by aesthetics and techniques of traditional Japanese gardens, we will develop a practice of sonic gardening.


ELECTIVE COURSE:

Landscape is all about the senses – we see, smell, feel and hear it at the same time. In this fall semester we will focus on the acoustic dimension of landscape. With ears wide open, we will analyse and discuss, then remodel and recompose landscapes exclusively through sound. How do we transform acoustic information to perceived space and how can we shape our spatial experience by means of sound?

Inspired by aesthetics and techniques of traditional Japanese gardens, we want to develop a practice of sonic gardening. We will collect sonic representations of Japanese design elements in Zurich’s public spaces and ‘plant’ them virtually into the acoustic environment of gardens in Kyoto, rearranging the existing auditory spaces and creating new imaginary landscapes. Through these sonic interventions, we want to explore different strategies of spatial design: How can we create a sonic place of expression, evocation or contemplation? How can we balance diverse elements in a collective space? How can we establish a relationship to a given scenery of a unknown place?

Working with field recording, audio editing and surround rendering, our answers to these questions will again be sonic, in form of three-dimensional sound maps and virtual sound walks through our remodelled gardens.

NOTES:

After a short theoretical introduction, we will approach the sonic field by exercises; the main field work will take place on a weekend workshop. The participation on all course dates including the weekend workshop is compulsory. According to the number of participants, the students will be asked to work in teams of two during the whole course. No previous knowledge on sound recording or editing is required.

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COURSE BLOG: See the on going work from students

 

 

 

 

 

TEACHING TEAM

Prof. Christophe Girot
Ludwig Berger
Matthias Vollmer
Nadine Schütz

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CONTACT

Ludwig Berger

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PROGRAMME

ELECTIVE COURSE

17.09.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Introduction to Elective Course (HIL H 40.9)

24.09.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Exercise 1, Input lecture (techniques)

01.10.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Exercise 2, Input lecture (japanese garden)

03.10.2015, Workshop on site (full day)
04.10.2015, Workshop on site / Mid-Crit (full day)

08.10.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Introduction Software

15.10.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Work on projects, individual meetings

22.10.2015, NO COURSE (Seminar week)

29.10.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Work on projects, individual meetings

05.11.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Work on projects, individual meetings

12.11.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Work on projects, individual meetings

19.11.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Work on projects, individual meetings

26.11.2015, 12:45 – 14:30 Final Crit