Workshops for advanced users is an internationally oriented series of workshops on current topics in art- and music technology where we invite the leading experts in their respective fields. So far we have been visited by Curtis Roads (University of California Santa Barbara), David Pirró (ALMAT), Ernst Karel, Hanns Holger Rutz (ALMAT), Joseph Anderson (DXARTS, University of Washington) and Thibaut Carpentier (IRCAM). The next workshop is with Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM).

We want to offer advanced art- and music technology users a series of workshops at a high international level. The starting point is an extensive look at what we consider to be the most interesting areas in art- and music technology of our time. These can be things such as immersive sound, field recordings, artistic use of algorithms, musical signal processing, sound analysis, sound synthesis and machine learning. With this starting point, we invite the foremost people in the various fields.

The workshop series is a collaboration between Notam (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and Art) and BEK (Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts). The workshop series is supported by the Norwegian Cultural Council.


Next workshop:

 

MuBu

December 2 – 6, 2019
Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM)
Sound processing with IRCAM MuBu.
Place: Notam (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and Art).

MuBu is a highly advanced signal processing, analysis, machine learning and audio synthesis tool in Max. MuBu is one of the most comprehensive audio processing tools available today, and can be used in everything from composition, sound design, live performance and improvisation to interactive installations and dance. The workshop will contain a mixture of practical work, guidance and lectures.

Read more about the workshop here:

Workshops for advanced users: MuBu with Diemo Schwarz


Former workshops:

 

Reality-based Audio

August 20 – September 7, 2019
Experimental work with documentary audio recordings.
Location: Struer, Denmark. Organized by BEK (Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts).

This workshop involved experimental documentary audio recordings in Struer, Denmark. This resulted in a new sound piece that was presented during the Struer Tracks sound art festival. The workshop dealt with issues of “land use” in order to shed light on changes in the landscape due to increasing reliance on digital, global communication.

Read more about the workshop here:

Reality-based Audio Workshop – Struer


 

Ambisonics

October 1 – 5, 2018
Joseph Anderson, (DXARTS, University of Washington), Trond Lossius (BEK)
Advanced use of Ambisonics.
Place: Notam (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and Art).

In this workshop we immersed ourselves in one of the most central techniques of immersive sound; Ambisonics. We looked at the theoretical foundations of Ambisonics, learned practical mastery of the tool, and also looked at working with space in our own artistic practice.

Read more about the workshop here:

Workshops for advanced users part 5: Ambisonics with Joseph Anderson


 

Field Recordings for Advanced Users

August 20-24, 2018
Ernst Karel.
Workshop in reality-based sound composition.
Place: BEK (Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts).

In this workshop on experimental, reality-based sound composition, participants were given the opportunity to develop and think together around sound works that explore concepts and conceptions of “place”. There was an equal amounts of focus on recording practice, listening, selection and composition. The workshop was led by Ernst Karel. Karel works with electro-acoustic music and experimental, reality-based audio for multi-channel installations and performances, and collaborates with filmmakers and artists on audiovisual works. From 2006-2017, he was head of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University.

Read more about the workshop here:

Open call: Reality-Based Audio Workshop


 

Thresholds of the Algorithmic

June 8-14, 2018
David Pirró (IEM) and Hanns Holger Rutz (ALMAT).
Workshop and exhibition on the use of algorithms in the development of art.
Place: Lydgalleriet, Bergen. Organized by BEK (Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts).

In the exhibition and workshop Thresholds of the Algorithmic, Norwegian and international artists explored how algorithms could be used as tools, binder and designer in the development of art. The workshop was part of the Austrian artistic research project Algorithms that Matter (ALMAT), and was led by Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò of the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

Read more about the workshop here:

Thresholds of the Algorithmic


 

Microsound

December 12 – 14, 2017
Curtis Roads (University of California Santa Barbara)
Workshop in microsound with Curtis Roads.
Place: Notam (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and Art).

Curtis Roads is one of the pioneers in micro sound. By micro sound we mean a model for working with sound where sound is reduced to small sound particles. We find this in everything from Iannis Xenaki’s music to sound processing techniques such as granular synthesis. We worked on both the compositional and technical aspects of microsound.

Read more about the workshop here:

Workshops for advanced users pt 2: Microsound with Curtis Roads


 

Immersive sound with Spat

November 13 – 17, 2017
Thibaut Carpentier (IRCAM)
Workshop on immersive sound in IRCAM Spat.
Place: Notam (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and Art).

Thibaut Carpentier works at Ircam’s Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces team. Carpentier held a workshop in advanced work with immersive sound in the Spat software package. Spat is one of the most comprehensive immersive audio packages, and a very powerful tool. We went deeply into programming and signal processing for immersive sound, while also working on how to use this tool artistically.

Read more about the workshop here:

Workshops for advanced users pt 1: Thibaut Carpentier on Spat