Sonic Retreat Workshop
Curated 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. In this free workshop, participants will explore the mountains, rivers, and forests that surround Asheville, capturing found sounds with field-recording equipment and keeping a written and photographic journal of their discoveries. The workshop is open to all levels of experience.
Friday, November 9
2:30PM—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
9:00AM—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.
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
at RAMP SOUTH Studio
821 Riverside Drive #179
Asheville, NC 28801
November 9 and 10, 2018