Acoustic Ecology Field Recording Workshop

The American Society for Acoustic Ecology presents a hands-on Field Recording Workshop in conjunction with the Balance/Unbalance 2015 Conference.

The goal of the workshop is to offer participants a hands-on experience of soundscape recording in a natural environment, while learning about the field recording practices of master artists, and participating in a conversation and skill-share with the artists and other participants around the techniques and philosophy of field recording. 

The workshop will take place on March 25-26,in Tempe Arizona.  It will be led by three working artists, each with a significant and unique practice in field recording. The site of the hands-on session is the Beaver Creek Experimental Watershed at sunrise, 90 minutes north and east of Tempe.  More information and example recordings from the site can be found here:right

ANNEA LOCKWOOD   (Also a Keynote Speaker)
Annea Lockwood is known for her explorations of the rich world of natural acoustic sounds and environments, in works ranging from sound art and installations to concert music. She started making field recordings in the ‘70s and that continues to be a major aspect of her work. An interview with her by Cathy Lane was published in the book In the Field: The Art of Field Recording by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle in 2013. Her music has been performed in many venues and festivals and extensively recorded. Wild Energy, in collaboration with Bob Bielecki – a site-specific installation based largely on geophysical and atmospheric infra and ultra sound, was presented in the Caramoor Music Festival’s exhibition, In The Garden of Sonic Delights in 2014. One of her three river sound maps, A Sound Map of the Housatonic River is currently running at Apexart, New York in the sound art exhibition Foot Notes: On the Sensations of Tone. She is an emerita professor of Vassar College where she taught for many years.

Jeremiah Moore works across the disciplines of film, theater, radio, interactive work, mobile experiences, haptic augmentation, and site-specific installation. His work deals with interfaces between humans, nature, and technology, cultural observation, experiences of time, and transformation of commercial culture into meaningless bliss. Much of his work is collaborative in nature. He recently performed a live mix of The Residents’ seminal experimental album Eskimo on the 100+ speaker-channel Meyer Constellation sound system at The Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum. Films he has designed and mixed have premiered at Sundance, Mill Valley, Toronto, San Francisco International, Silverdocs and SXSW.  He sound-designed Josh Izenberg’s short doc “Slomo” which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. With colleagues in his company moment audio,  he designed and implemented sound for artist Ai WeiWei’s “@LARGE” exhibition on Alcatraz island. In addition to serving on the board of ASAE, he co-chairs Bay Area Sound Ecology, which creates and curates real-world social experiences around listening. He is also a core-team member of The TANK, a developing place-based sonic arts center in North-West Colorado. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and two sons who, like him, never sleep. 

Glenn Weyant is a folk listener and a founding member and innovator of the early 21st Century Border Wall Deconstructionist Movement. Using a cello bow and implements of mass percussion to “play” the Sonoran Desert’s border walls, militarized infrastructure and assorted ephemera, both natural and human, Weyant’s internationally recognized work has been featured in films, books, photographs and audio recordings. In 2012 Weyant’s performance of John Cage’s 4″33 upon the Nogales Wall was included in the New York Public Library/John Cage Trust retrospective: John Cage unbound A Living Archive.


Wednesday, March 25:
2:30-3:00pm Arrival and check-in at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (room TBD) 

A brief introduction, then a presentation by each of the Lead Artists, followed by a Q & A with all three.

Dinner break (on your own — local restaurants will be identified)

Provided transportation to the Days Inn in Camp Verde, AZ.  

Thursday, March 26:
Field Recording Excursion to the Beaver Creek Experimental Watershed.  (Sunrise occurs at 6:24am)
NOTE: This site is part of the Listen(n) project of ASU.  Recordings made this morning can be submitted to the project for inclusion.
More information about the site can be found HERE

Downtime at the Days Inn

Provided transportation back to Tempe/ASU

Lunch break (on your own — local restaurants will be identified)

An informal post-recording conversation led by the Lead Artists.  Individuals will be encouraged to share their recordings, discuss techniques, and share their skills and ideas with the group.  A sound system will be provided.


— Registration cutoff for this workshop is MARCH 18, 2015.

— The registration fee includes transportation, but does not include the your stay at the Days Inn in Camp Verde, AZ on the evening of March 25, 2015. Participants will need to book this on their own.  The Days Inn website.

— an email reminder with detailed information on locations, meeting points, and recommended packing list, etc. will be distributed two weeks before the event.


Registration costs are $100 for ASAE members, and $150 for non-members.  The non-member fee includes membership, if desired. There is no partial registration fee available for attending only part of the workshop.
Payments can be made via PayPal to:  Alternate payment arrangements can be made.  Please contact ASAE Treasurer Michael Bullock at the same address.

Any other inquiries about the workshop can be made to Stephan Moore

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