The Power of Sound

The Power of Sound is 3-part course made up of online and face-to-face workshops extending the idea of deep, active listening to the environment through the use of readily available audio recording technology, and gaining a greater understanding of the use field recordings to create sound art, music, and soundtracks for videos. It may also be used as a way of simply deepening connections to and understandings of the environment—both the natural world and built environments.

It is designed to be accessible using basic technology such as a phone and earbuds with an inline microphone, and free editing software, as well as giving participants the opportunity use to prosumer and professional quality field recording equipment in the field.

Presented in 3 modules covering pre-production (planning), production (field recording) and post-production (editing), the course materials are delivered as manuals and videos through a mix of online and face-to-face delivery, supported by resources and facilitator engagement through Facebook Groups and Google Drive. The Power of Sound is designed for anyone with an interest in actively listening to the environment, who has access to a mobile device to record on to, and is interested in knowing more about field recording and editing sound.

The pilot course was developed with assistance from Mudgee Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), Orana Arts, and funding from the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) through Create NSW in 2021. Guest contributor, Stephan van der Merwe provided additional professional input into course materials.

This video was produced with photos and sounds captured on site at The Drip by the pilot group, the Mudgee Sound Hunters, brought together by Mudgee Local Aboriginal Land Council.

For more information contact lead facilitator, Kim V. Goldsmith

The Drip is a soundtrack created by Kim V. Goldsmith with field recordings gathered from The Drip by the pilot group participants, Stephan van der Merwe and Kim V. Goldsmith. It was released publicly on World Listening Day, 18 July 2021.
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