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Online Event
Wed 13 May

The Great Indoors: An Online Soundscapes Workshop

with Johann Diedrick

Wed 13 May
18.30 – 20.00

As part of Mutant Promise's digital programme with Somerset House Studios, this audio editing/soundscape production workshop will provide an opportunity to (re)discover the interior spaces we now occupy during this time of global pandemic.

This collaborative, participatory workshop is meant to help create sonic connections between all of us as we are forced to physically distance. By sharing our acoustic spaces together we can find commonality between each other and create a space for empathy and care during these precarious times.

Over the course of this 90-minute workshop, we will walk through creating soundscapes from our indoor sonic environment. Starting with a brief presentation on acoustic exploration, afterwards participants will be invited to explore their homes/apartments to record sounds with their phones/recording devices. Afterwards we will come back together and we will go through a short workshop on how to compose soundscapes with Audacity, an open-source audio editing software. Participants will upload their recordings to a shared drive (Dropbox/Google Drive) and be given time to put together a soundscape with everyone’s recordings. At the end of the workshop, we will share our soundscapes together.

  • Computer with internet access
  • Some audio recording device, which can be your phone or a field recorder
  • Before the workshop, participants are asked to download and install Audacity, a free, open-source audio editing software that works on MacOS, Windows, and Linux.

We will be in touch to registered participants for further workshop details and links to the online meeting room. Please email contact@mutantpromise.net if you have any questions.

About the Artists

Johann Diedrick makes installations, performances, and sculptural objects that let you explore the world through your ears. He surfaces vibratory histories of past interactions inscribed in material and embedded in space, peeling back sonic layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques with others through listening tours, workshops, and open-source hardware/software. He is currently a 2020 Technology Artist-in-Residence at Pioneer Works and a recipient of a 2020 Brooklyn Arts Fund grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. His work has been featured in Wire Magazine, Musicworks Magazine, and presented at MoMA PS1 (in collaboration with Jonathan González), Somerset House (London, UK), Social Kitchen (Kyoto, Japan), Common Ground (Berlin, Germany), Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Knockdown Center (Queens, NY), and Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY).

Mutant Promise is a programming, producing and artist booking platform supporting the work of musicians who combine a DIY and workshop practice with their performance, composition and release work.

Taking its title from Adam Harper’s ‘Evolution of Post-Internet Music’, Mutant Promise encapsulates a desire to work with artists who are restless with their medium, whose practice is to continually hack, modify, invent - mutate - the tools and instruments which they're given. The 'promise' is the certainty of the push forward that defines these tools, and how this process shapes new artistic practices in return.