I run technical and creative workshops and sessions on field recording, ecological sound art, live sound and digital music making.
Introduction to Live Sound, August 2019
Two evening sessions for Calderdale Sound Women Network combining theory with hands-on practice. Participants learnt about, set up and used the elements of a PA system for a small venue. Topics included cables and connectors, mono and stereo sources, DI boxes, stage boxes and snakes, mixing desks including use of Aux sends for monitors and FX units, sound-checking, gain-staging, dealing with feedback, and applying EQ and reverb.
Feedback from participants:
“Thanks so much for the course…. I liked that it was led by women with lots of knowledge and experience, this felt really encouraging, supportive and open.”
“Boss couple of sessions, thanks!”
Introduction to Field Recording, August 2018
This short workshop for Yorkshire Sound Women Network combined hands-on use of a variety of recording equipment with technical information on microphone types, polar patterns, mono and stereo recording, and tips for making high quality recordings in the field. A listening-back session at the end provided opportunity to listen to each others recordings and provide friendly feedback.
Ecological Sound Art, Spring 2018
This series of six morning sessions at Hoot Creative Arts included a sound walk and short field trips to the local park and canal to pond-dip, make field recordings and observe and listen to underwater life. Expert field recordist and sound artist Jez Riley French joined us for a guest session. Later sessions involved creative work back at Hoot, including use of the music studio facilities and digital music making software to make soundscapes. The sessions were not only a chance to learn some field recording and digital music-making skills, but also an opportunity to connect to the local environment and nature through creative activity.
Introduction to Digital Music Making, February 2018
This workshop for complete beginners was run at Hoot Creative Arts and specifically designed to encourage more women to find out about and get involved in digital music making. Following on from this introductory session attendees were able to attend Hoot’s regular Tech-Know digital music making sessions and continue to develop their skills.
The workshop included the basics in:
understanding Logic’s Pro X’s user interface,
midi instruments – inputting and editing data in the piano roll
importing and editing audio files
effects and processors
how to automate parameters in a track
Introduction to Live Sound, October 2017
This hands-on workshop for Yorkshire Sound Women Network provided a solid introduction to live sound for those wanting to know how to use a PA, as well as those who perform and want to be able to converse more confidently with sound engineers about their requirements. The workshop included a mixture of theory and practical work covering the following areas, and culminating in a small live performance:
Understanding how to connect everything together
Understanding the mixing desk and signal flow through it
Setting up for a small gig and running the desk
Todmorden Sound Walk, July 2016
An evening spent ‘listening-in’ to the local environment