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Composing sounds using digital apps

Teaching training workshop: get creative using music in class


9-10 DEC 2018
For secondary-school teachers
This workshop teaches educators how to compose music digitally without notes. It's run in the context of the EU's Interfaces programme, which seeks to bring contemporary music to a wider audience.
Participation Cost: € 20 (for both sessions)
Sounds not notes lie at the core of this “Composing sounds using digital apps” workshop! It sets out to teach us how we can records sounds from our everyday environment, then process and sequence them using a digital application.

It will also show the participants—who do not need any musical knowledge to take part—how to incorporate activities centred on music and/or sound into their teaching, and how to adapt them to the age of their students and their teaching context.

The workshop will revolve around three key axes: 1) how we can be taught to listen, 2) how we can record sounds, and 3) how we can compose with the sounds we record. The participants will also learn how to use the “Compose with Sounds” software package, and take away material at the end of the workshop which should be useful for their own teaching.


Duncan Chapman: Musician, composer and educator
Dave Holland: Musician, composer, researcher and educator

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The workshop is part of the “Interfaces” programme, which is co-funded by the EU's “Creative Europe” programme. 

Addressed to:
The workshop is aimed at secondary-school teachers of all subjects and does not require a specialization in music. The workshop seeks to provide educators with sound-centred techniques that can be used across the curriculum throughout the school year.

The workshop will be conducted in English.

Sunday 9 & Monday 10 December 2018

Participation Cost:
 € 20 (for both sessions)

Reservation and more info:
T: 213 017 8002 

Duncan Chapman is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations all over the world. Recent projects include co-directing large-scale participatory performance projects for Casa da Música (Porto) and at the 2018 Sonophilia festival in Lincoln. Other projects include: “Dark Januaries”, an annual personal composition project with Isabel Jones; Performances with Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra) for the “lullabies” project in the UK and at the Ultima Festival (Oslo); the Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” (Helsinki) and orchestration of Indian lullabies (Iceland Symphony Orchestra). Duncan is also currently involved in touring “White Cane” (Salamanda Tandem). Recent solo performances include “Lead: Gold” at Listen to the Voice of Fire: Alchemy in Sound Art 2017 (National Library of Wales), “Sonifying myself” at The Music of Sound, a sonification symposium 2017 (Oxford University) and gigs at Weird Garden (Lincoln) and the X-12 all night drone music festival in Gainsborough. “Piddocks” was released on the Linear Obsessional label in October 2018 and an album on the same label is due out in 2019. Current projects include: a performance project for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ongoing work with De Montfort University on the pan-Eu Interfaces project and mentoring two composers (for Sound and Music) writing pieces for the Paraorchestra.

David Holland has a background in rock music but developed an interest in electroacoustic music when studying for a BSc in E-music at Coventry University, where he was awarded the Rolf Gehlhaar Award for electronic music composition. In 2010 he was awarded an AHRC scholarship for a Masters by Research at De Montfort University under the supervision of Leigh Landy. He then completed a PhD at De Montfort University in 2017(funded by the AHRC as part of the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership) in which he investigated whether heightened listening can be used as a pedagogical tool that can enable greater engagement with sound-based music through creative practice. In 2014 his piece “The Force” was a finalist in the Bangor Dylan Thomas Prize for Electroacoustic Composition at Bangor University. He currently teaches Music Technology at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) and works as a research assistant on the Interfaces project, which is an EU funded project concerned with bringing new music to new audiences.

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