FEEDBACK AS SPACE/ SPACE AS FEEDBACK with Massimo Scamarcio
Exploring & exploiting acoustic space and feedback, from the rhythmic, flanging reflections of tiny, narrow corridors to the long, deep reverberations of large halls and churches, space has always had a deep and inseparable relationship with sound. Sound carries with it the identity of the acoustic space in which it occurs: it travels through air, bouncing on walls and obstacles, waves of acoustic energy being absorbed, reflected, and progressively shaped by the characteristics of the room. This workshop focuses on the investigation of space and it will be open to participants using either SuperCollider, Max/MSP or Pure Data. A basic/intermediate knowledge of the software of choice is necessary.
During the 2-day, six hours-per day workshop, participants will be shown the basic techniques for analysing sound and extracting meaningful data such as pitch, amplitude, spectral centroids, frequency peaks and more. FFT will also be discussed and worked with. An important part of the workshop will be to use audio feedback as a way to investigate space and as a tool for systemic construction. Audio feedback is space-made-sound, and as such, techniques for triggering and controlling it will be introduced and discussed.
The workshop will then focus on the acoustic spaces and resonances of common-found objects. By means of piezo contact mics, miniature microphones and other transducers, the “space” of the objects will be explored and investigated, resonant frequencies will be measured and feedback structures will be set up between the objects themselves and also between the objects and the acoustic space of the room.
The workshop will be held in english.
Material provided: (piezo contact mics & miniature mics, minispeakers, some common objects) Participants are required to bring their own computer with software of choice. Up-to-date versions of SuperCollider, Max/MSP and Pure Data with all the necessary addons will be available nonetheless. Audio interfaces are a plus but not compulsory. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own materials (mics, preamps, etc) & objects (can be anything – from glass vases to plastic pipes, bottles and everything in between).
Maximum number of participants is 10. Please preregister for the workshop by sending an email to email@example.com
Location: NK Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage 12059 Berlin
Dates: Nov 27 & 28 2012,
Times: 10-13 (one hour break) 14-17 per day
Fee: 50 + 10 Material cost = Total 60€
Massimo Scamarcio is a sound artist and electronic musician based in Berlin. He studied with Agostino Scipio in Naples and Nye Parry in London. His research covers several territories, ranging from semantics of sound, generative systems/systems theory and audio analysis for investigation of acoustic space, to feedback and acoustic ecology.