RGS Sound Recording Workshop 2017

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Sound recording workshops
I run day workshops that show how to record, edit and upload sound. DSC00458These are usually about interviewing people but I’m increasingly interested in recording wild sounds and use #wildsound on twitter to link to wild sounds.

I have run workshops for scientists, geographers, science communicators, journalists and teachers.

Technical elements
We use smart phones with affordable clip-on microphones as well as professional sound-gathering tools such as directional microphones and digital recorders to gather our sound.P1080825

Editing is done with Audacity: this is free, works on Mac, PC and Linux, and is pretty good.

Uploading is done to soundcloud or one of the many podcasting platforms.

Recording people
Interviewing  people is an almost universal component of sound recording. We interview each other and then members of the public. Ethical guidelines for recording people for academic and other uses, as well as some guidance about how to elicit varied and interesting responses during a structured interview are provided.


Recording wild-sounds (#wildsound)
216724Recording wild-sound is increasingly used as a population survey method as well as for the more traditional use in characterising and identifying individual species. The technical aspects of recording birds, insects, amphibians, bats and underwater can be complex. This workshop provides an overview of equipment and techniques and the opportunity to use a range of equipment in recording exercises.

Where possible the course will be co-taught with a professional wild-sound recordist and/or somebody who is involved in processing recordings to make them available to an academic (and interested public) audience.

Elements include specialist microphones, recorders, editing, pattern-recognition software, and international sound libraries.