CREATING ENVIRONMENTAL SOUNDSCAPESHugh Livingston6 sessions >> Saturday, February 16- March 2310:00 am–1:00 pm, Studio 25, $295
Capture nature sounds in your neighborhood, and craft a soundscape composition that adapts and responds to the environment. Looking into nature and the processes of birdsong and how they relate to musical concepts, we will investigate ways to compose complementary music that fits into available sonic space. In designing interactive experiential soundscapes, we will ask: What artwork is possible if a visitor’s experience varies and temporal order is malleable? How does the soundscape pair with windy conditions, rain, or traffic noise? If you were designing a tree to hear the wind, what form would it take? The class will begin with an intensive on field recording techniques, including windscreen construction and getting the best results from a phone or a handheld audio recorder. Then we will explore audio editing techniques to prepare materials for layering into a composed soundscape. Participants will have the opportunity to compose personal music, create a handheld device app, and design soundscapes for a public space, using an immersive sound system to create experience. Field trips to several sites to experience multichannel sound and prototype a large-scale experience. No programming or musical experience necessary to gain from this class.
Hugh Livingston is an innovator in the presentation of public sound environments, with installations in gardens, museums, galleries and resonant spaces. He has composed a large-scale outdoor opera to be performed on a river, and is artist in residence at the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington, DC. He has been the McKnight Foundation Fellow Composer in Residence in Minneapolis, and is the recipient of numerous grants from foundations such as Rockefeller, Getty, Doris Duke, Andrew Mellon, Fleishhacker, and Haas. Hugh is a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. He has completed 67 digital media installations, including large-scale video walls and immersive sound gardens.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined two business days prior to a class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes, unless otherwise noted, meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, #45 Union, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]
What is the refund policy?Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.