LISTENING. RECORDING. SHARING.

MIXES FROM THE FIELD

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Connection through listening, recording and creativity with sound.

Mixes from the Field offers a methodology and adaptable lesson series that supports a group of motivated participants in exploring their world through the medium of handheld recording technology, helping them translate what they hear and record into a digitally-shareable, compelling sonic work. Combinations of these sonic works might then be curated into soundwalks, added to a group soundmap, played at a community performance or used by the students themselves as part of their portfolios.

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Deep Listening®

Sound
Walking

Field
Recording

Compositional Practices

Sonic
Ecology

Sound
Mapping

Teaching Artists and Co-Founders

Sharon Stewart

Teaching Artist

I am in love with the noisy quiet of the sounding world around me: from the chorus of birds and bats at dawn and dusk in my backyard – to the resounding, hollow echoes of church hulls and museum halls – to the throb and roar of crowded citystreet corners. I am in love with how these vibrations penetrate my bodymind, leaving their traces, their tensions and releases. With the sound that I create in the studio or on stage, I seek a dialogue with the listener, searching for the right balance of stillness and shout in an attempt to give sonic and energetic space to the listener, for their thoughts, feelings, sensations, emptinesses. Each sonic creation is an act of deep respect for and communion with the ambient sounds around me, the beautiful world we live in, and the artists with whom I have the honour to collaborate.

I grew up in the United States and, after travelling some years through Jordan and France, finally landed in Arnhem, The Netherlands. I studied piano at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Music, and later completed a Masters in Music Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire, the Hague, focusing on feminisms, improvisation and technology in a music pedagogical practice. In the course of this process, I discovered Deep Listening. After following three international retreats, I became certified in Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold in 2011, and I am currently one of the core teachers for the online Deep Listening certificate program for the Center for Deep Listening, RPI.

I have the privilege to live in a city with a thriving dance academy, ArtEZ, and have become involved in various projects and performances with dancers, some ongoing. Using field recordings has become an integral part of my creation process. In 2016 I had the opportunity to learn from recordists and artists Jez riley French and Chris Watson at the 3-day Orford Ness Sound Recording Field Trip. Further, I have a private piano practice in Arnhem; have given multiple guest lectures and workshops at the department of Gender Studies at Utrecht University and NOI♀SE Summer School; and I currently serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sonic Studies.

In my work I strive for a dynamic relationshipwith the body, creating situations for myself and others in which participants can ‘make music’ while also remaining open to the particularly sense-ational information the body continually relays. Paying attention to dreams is a rich source for me in understanding my underlying and transform-ing/ational emotional states as well as providing a, sometimes astounding, source of raw materials. In my own creating and teaching I hold and return to balance, openness, stillness and spontaneity, while leaving space for the explosive, volatile and powerful forces of emotional expression.

You can find an overview of my projects on my LinkedIN profile, listen to some works on SoundCloud as well as read about Alice in Audiotenland, a dance project with CCCompass, on Sounds of Europe and read an article on Deep Listening by me for the Journal of Sonic Studies.

Michael Reiley

Teaching Artist

Composer and teaching artist Michael Reiley McDermott has created works for video, dance, stage, installation, smartphones, multi-speaker arrays, wind sculptures, wishing wells, sleeping/dreaming and various modalities of listening. His practice explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity's personal connection through listening.

His work integrates a daily practice of meditation, Deep Listening and textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic photography”. This process involves site-specific recordings of physical spaces re-imagined using photographic development and collage techniques. His aim is to reframe the everyday world as both a grand statement that stretches out in both directions of time and as an ephemeral instant of precious connection. In 2016 he completed a certification program in Deep Listening studying with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros.

He was recently Artist in Residence at , Composer in Residence for Temple University’s BEEP Ensemble and Composer in Residence at Village of the Arts and Humanities. Over the past four years, he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and India working on a sound design project of extinct animal sounds called Echozoo and teaching with his Deep Listening and Somatic based workshop called Listening Bodies.

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Schools and Educational Centers

Is your school or educational center looking for a project that expands your learners’ capabilities in terms of sonic awareness and the ability to work with environmental recording tools and low-cost audio technologies in order to create unique, shareable works?

Arts Programs

Are your dance, theatre, design, architecture or visual arts students already semi-professional when dealing with film editing and imagery but lack the skills to create and mix high-quality, captivating audio taken from the “real world”?

Community Centers & Projects

Are you looking for an extra dimension in understanding how your community works through listening in cities, towns, villages, centers, shops, schools and homes? Are you looking for a creative way to build social cohesion and dialogue through listening? Do you want to offer your staff or members an experience through which they can more inclusively listen to the world around them and document that listening in a meaningful way?

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