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Music: Workshop Field Recording



This 2-week, intensive workshop comprises of lectures, supervised recording sessions, individual recording sessions by assignment, group discussions and listening sessions. The course ends with a group presentation. Subjects are: acoustic ecology – the ‘soundscape’, analytical listening, microphone and recording techniques (mono, stereo, surround), the recording as composition or performance, the history of field recordings as a source in music, film and other media, and the montage of and composing with recorded sound.

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After following this workshop, the student will have gained ability in analytical listening to urban and rural/natural soundscapes, ability in microphone techniques used outside a recording studio environment, knowledge of the theoretical frameworks of acoustic ecology, and an aesthetic consciousness regarding the use of field recordings as musical material. The student is able to make a composition using field recording independently or in a group, and is able to present that composition.


Leiden University students who join this course at the Royal Conservatoire, will complete the course with an additional assignment in order to meet the study requirements corresponding with 5 EC’s.


First and second semester. The lessons take place in the building of the Royal Conservatoire, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag (at a walking distance of Den Haag Centraal station). Inscribed students will be informed of the exact workshop dates and times by the teacher.


Rogier Schneemann
Kees Tazelaar, e-mail: of
Justin Bennet, e-mail:


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