Soundscape Retreats at Warbler’s Roost
One of the qualities we like best about Warbler’s Roost is the soundscape. There is no hum of traffic noise. Bird calls are clear and provide a sense of space. There are seasonal overtures from frogs and crickets and rhythmic drumming from a ruffed grouse. When there is noise from neighbours it is usually at a distance and also helps to open an unseen dimension of local life in the near north.
Warbler’s Roost is expanding its artist residency program to include a Soundscape Retreat. This is a chance to explore the local soundscape of the Almaguin Highlands by making audio recordings, editing and analyzing those recordings, and composing with them. As well, participants will better appreciate the complexity of the natural soundscape through SOUNDwalking and listening exercises.
Participants will have the opportunity to work for the duration of the retreat with Canadian sound artist and soundscape composer Darren Copeland who has been creating environmental recordings throughout his artistic career. Copeland studied with Barry Truax at Simon Fraser University where the World Soundscape Project was founded. Darren and his partner Nadene Thériault-Copeland are both past presidents of the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology. Darren and Nadene also co-run New Adventures in Sound Art, which has presented many works by leading soundscape artists in the fields of music, installation art, and new media and have also presented many sound art workshops and SOUNDwalks in order to help expand people’s awareness of the acoustic environment.
The soundscape retreat will include daily 2-3 hour sessions of recording, editing, composition and analysis. Some days might involve early morning sessions as that is often the best time for listening to, and recording the soundscape. Participants should bring a laptop computer and portable recording equipment if they have any. If not, equipment can be loaned for the retreat with advance notice.
Two different options are available at present, a weekend version and a week-long version, and there are a limited number of spots available for each retreat:
One-week Soundscape Retreat which includes accommodation for 7 nights, 7 x 2-hour daily workshops and a continental breakfast served each morning. Access to a kitchen is available 24/7 so that participants can prepare their other meals. We are currently offering two different weeks to choose from: July 24 – 31 & Aug 31 – Sept 7
Weekend Soundscape Retreat which includes accommodation for 2 nights, 2 x 3-hour daily workshops and a continental breakfast served each morning. Access to a kitchen is available 24/7 so that participants can prepare their other meals. We are currently offering two different weekends to choose from: Aug 28 – 30 & Sept 18 – 20.
To register, go to the Retreats page
During a Soundscape Retreat in Septemer 2015 James Bailey composed an 8-channel soundscape piece created from recordings of the soundscape at Warbler’s Roost. You can listen to the stereo version of the piece on his soundcloud page: