Field recording workshop with Alan Courtis

16 Feb 2020 14:00 — 17:00

Location: SOLU

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 14–17h
SOLU Space, Luotsikatu 13, Helsinki

The same way photography is now part of the daily life of millions around the world, sound recording has been also expanding its role in modern societies. In this context the workshop‘s main aim is to show and discuss field recording from various perspectives. The topics include: diverse phonographic tendencies, sound possibilities, creative listening, and expressive uses of sound recording.

The workshop will also focus on practice: it requires involvement by participants, whose interests and skills represent a key target of the attention. For practical exercises, the participants are asked to bring at least one recording device of any kind: digital recorder, tablet, computer, mini-disc, cassette, microcassette, DAT, smartphone, etc.

The specific goals of the workshop are to:

- introduce participants to field recording
- improve creative ways of listening
- explore the possibilities of sound recording
- know the main tendencies and composers on this field
- try diverse techniques and exercises
- reflect about the artistic implications of these topics
- encourage the creative process

The workshop is open to musicians, non-musicians, artists, professionals, students and anybody interested, and it has free admission. It is conducted by Alan Courtis, a Buenos Aires-based musician and artist who has been teaching music since 1993. He is the founding member of Reynols, a group with more than one hundred releases including conceptual projects like 10.000 Chicken Symphony, Blank Tapes and Whistling Kettle Quartet. Courtis has released more than 300 solo releases and collaborations, toured extensively and collaborated with numerous maverick artists.

Please notify us about your participation via email ( by Monday, February 10.

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Alan Courtis photographed by Nora Lezano