Sonic Retreat Workshop

Curated by Colby Caldwell

Tõnu Tunnel  (remixed by Colby Caldwell)

Tõnu Tunnel (remixed by Colby Caldwell)

The use of “found sounds” has a long history in music. Grounded in ideas developed by twentieth-century avant-garde composers such as John Cage (who had a vital connection to Black Mountain College), found sounds are used today in a wide range of musical modes. MAP + REVOLVE are sponsoring a three hour workshop investigating and collecting field recordings, photographs and writings on Saturday. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to supply their own headphones + smartphones. Workshop leaders Jess Speer & Kimathi Moore, along with program director Colby Caldwell will facilitate a lively and interactive experience in Asheville and beyond. All levels of interest are welcomed. This FREE workshop is open to all levels of experience. Space is limited so please register.

Friday, November 9
Participants will gather at REVOLVE to meet workshop leaders Kima Moore, and Jess Speer. These sound artists will share experiences collecting sounds and developing practices to generate compositions, and will discuss how sound, environment, and the natural world offer new possibilities for composition. 

Saturday, November 10
The group will explore the Smoky Mountains, rivers, and forests gathering sounds. After the field trip, participants will meet to discuss the potential uses of their findings. 

Follow-up: In December 2018, a month after the workshop, the sounds collected by participants during the sonic retreat will be fashioned into an hour-long sonic “diary” that will be posted on REVOLVE’s Bandcamp for free download.

Workshop Leaders

Kimathi Moore, born in Paris and now based in Asheville, is an artist whose love for electronics and sound experimentations goes back to his childhood. Kima spends much of his time making field recordings and visiting abandoned railroads and buildings to gather found sounds.

Jess Speer is an Asheville-based artist whose work—which includes field recordings, paper-cut collage, performance, ’zines, and installations—touches on issues of ecology, community, history, mortality, and memory. Jess and her husband Peter perform under the name The Speers, primarily creating live improvisations with their library of LPs and modular synthesizers, locating hypnotic patterns in ordinary sounds., 2018


821 Riverside Drive #179
Asheville, NC 28801


Sign up for the waiting list HERE

November 9 and 10, 2018