—Sound Art and the Environment


Enrolment Deadline: Monday May 9, 2016



The Sound, Art and the Environment masterclass is a four-day all-inclusive learning experience, in the unique location of Bogong Alpine Village. Led by Dr Philip Samartzis this masterclass provides students, artists, industry professionals and those interested in phonography with in-depth workshops in sound recording, critical listening, compositional methodologies and sound spatialisation.

This masterclass is suitable for people with varying levels of experience.


Day 01

01. Sound, Art and the Environment – an overview of the history and practice of phonography, acoustic ecology, bioacoustics and soundscape composition.

02.Recording and Reproduction – practical demonstration of different forms of recording using assorted microphones to capture air, water and structure based sound.

Day 02

03. Perception and Practice – a series of strategies to strengthen awareness of the acoustic and spatial morphology of place through close listening and sound walks.

04.Fieldwork – participants will spend the afternoon pursuing personal projects in consultation with Dr Samartzis.

Day 03

05.Compositional Strategies – demonstrations of compositional methods and processes that can be used to render different impressions of the natural and built world.

06.Sound Spatialisation – a demonstration of different approaches to multi-channel sound spatialisation drawing on the field work of Dr Samartzis produced in Antarctica, The Kimberley and the Australian Alps.

Day 04

07. An informal review for participants to play and discuss their project for analysis and feedback.

Cost: $1500 which includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation in a private room within a shared cabin at Bogong Village
  • Lunch during the masterclass series
  • Access to a broad range of audio technology for location field recording

While professional field recorders and microphones will be available participants are encouraged to bring their own audio technology for recording demonstrations.

To accommodate individual needs and interests the Sound, Art and the Environment masterclass is limited to only 12 participants and will book out early.

Registration deadline: Monday, May 9

Philip Samartzis is a Melbourne sound artist, academic and current Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellow. He has performed and exhibited widely including presentations at The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris (2001); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2002); The Mori Arts Centre, Tokyo (2003); The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2007); The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009); The South African National Museum, Cape Town (2010); The Art Gallery of South Australia (2012); and The National Gallery of Victoria (2013). Philip received a fellowship by the Australian Antarctic Division in 2010 to document the effects of extreme climate and weather events at Davis Station in Eastern Antarctica, and Macquarie Island. Artworks produced from his fieldwork have been incorporated into the National Archives of Australia’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition Centenary Exhibition (2011); Polar South: Art in Antarctica, Muntref Museum, the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires (2011); and the 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Edinburgh (2011). In 2014 France Culture, INA-GRM and ABC Radio National commissioned a one-hour composition for radio titled Antarctica, An Absent Presence based on the book he is producing for Thames & Hudson. Between 2010 and 2012 Philip undertook a study of indigenous settlements in The Kimberley region of Western Australia through TURA’s regional residency program in order to document the social and environmental conditions of remote communities. Philip researches in the areas of sound art, acoustic ecology and spatial sound practices, and was chief investigator on two Australian Research Council funded projects, Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (2008-10), and Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change (2011-13). Philip is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture and Studio Coordinator of Sound at the School of Art – RMIT University.