September 14th – 17th, 2017

Malakta Sound Field Lab aims to be an immersive yet creative exploration of sound and listening practices combined with the practical experience of making field recordings. This workshop is open for artists, musicians, educators, researchers, media producers or anyone wanting to broaden their understanding and creative use of working with sound and environmental recording in a relaxed but focused atmosphere.

Topics can include: sound and the environment, sound and perception, listening practices, resonance and acoustics, recording methods, collaboration and presentation. The workshop is open to beginners, enthusiasts and professionals alike. Our daily routine will revolve around listening exercises, excursions into the surrounding area and daily feedback through discussion and sharing of recordings. Excursions will be designed as field trips aimed at working on practical recording techniques and methods through creative exploration of different sonic environments.

Participants are asked to bring their own equipment including: Portable digital recorder, headphones and a computer or tablet. If you have additional microphones, hydrophones or contact microphones please feel free to bring them. A listening playback system will be provided by Art Factory Malakta. Participants are asked to attend the whole laboratory. The working language will be English.

John Grzinich

John Grzinich has worked since the early 1990s as an artist and cultural coordinator with various practices combining sound, image, site, and collaborative social structures. His interest and work with sound combines such divergent methods as field recording, kinetic sculpture, electro-acoustic composition, performance, spatial perception, filmmaking, group workshops and exercises in listening. He has performed and exhibited in North America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published on a number of international labels. He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center.

Stefan Backas

Stefan Backas is a sound designer, sound therapist and field recordist living in Malax, Finland. His multilateral background in sound started out with being a musician and eventually led him to become the lead sound technician at the Wasa Theater. Now a freelancer, Stefan works with music production and sound for TV and film while at the same time recording and promoting natural soundscapes through artistic projects. In recent years he has been studying to become a sound therapist, concentrating on the ability of sound to affect the human body, mind and spirit.