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24 September — 24 September

10:00 am — 5:00 pm



Embodied Listening and Binaural Recording Workshop

NorthSite Art Studios

Artist with sound recorder on beach

Join contemporary artist Melissa Ryke for a one day workshop in Embodied Listening and Binaural Recording.
Soundwalks form part of Melissa Ryke’s artistic research on embodied listening. Embodied listening can be framed through the discourse of phenomenology and places the body at the centre of lived experience. It highlights how the body is the medium that allows us to enter in relation with the world. Embodied listening is listening and recording as a sensorial haptic experience; using all the senses. During this walk you will be blindfolded and guided through a particular soundscape for deep meditative listening practice that will help open your ears. This will be accompanied by a drawing session that maps out your experience and a group discussion.
Binaural recording (where our ears are/where our ears aren’t)
This part of the workshop is an extension of the soundwalking experience and explores binaural recording practices – a type of recording that replicates how we hear sound. Binaural = with two ears. By following our ears and choreographing different paths we explore a field recording practice through movement, proximity & distance. A field recording practice can help us reflect on how we each listen differently, the limits of our ears and technical gear, active listening, and uncompromised listening (where we expose our ears to every sound) and reactivate our sense of hearing.
This workshop requires no prior knowledge or skills in recording. It would suit those interested in sound, embodied listening, binaural recording, field recording, meditation and art practice. All ages and abilities welcome.
About the artist:
Melissa Ryke is an Australian artist currently based between Brussels and Australia. In July 2022 she undertook a residency at AADK. In Lille, France from 2018-2022 she undertook a state supported studio residency at Le Carré des Artistes. The outcome of the residency were several community projects and events involving the local residents. Ryke studied Fine Arts in both Australia and France and has recently completed the European Postgraduate in Art in Sound at KASK, Ghent in June 2020.
Ryke’s practice-led research focuses on a critical and playful investigation of the quotidian and experimentation with installation and time based media. Through these mediums the key notion of a bodily experience in space is explored from a phenomenological framework. Recent projects have been focused on embodied listening; listening and recording as a sensorial experience.
10am – 12.30pm – Soundwalk
12.30 – 1.30pm – Lunch Break. BYO
1.30pm – 5pm – Binaural Recording
What to bring:
Comfortable clothes and shoes for walking (slow paced)
Mosquito repellant for general outside use
Headphones or earbuds
If you own a sound recorder, binaural microphones – bring along.
If you have questions about the workshop please contact connect@northsite.org.au


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24th September 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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NorthSite Art Studios
55 Greenslopes Street
Edge Hill, Queensland 4870 Australia
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NorthSite Contemporary Arts
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