Walking Slowly on Union St.
Performing Listening and Live Coding
I am a composer and sound artist who teaches composition and sonic arts at the University of Aberdeen. In this workshop, I will introduce two seemingly different activities we can use for live (sound) performance: slow walking and coding.
On day one, I will introduce slow walking as a tool for listening to a mundane place. We will use Aberdeen’s high street, Union St., as our target. We will perform an extremely slow walk on Union St., and during the walk, we will listen to the sounds, strike conversations with fellow participants and people on the street. Our goal is to take a walk from one end of the street to the other end as slowly as possible while listening to the place, people, and our own making. We will also record sounds that will be used for our live coding performance.
On day two, I will introduce a program language called Tidal. We will install the software on your computer (participants are advised to bring their own laptop, but we will have some limited number of computers available for those who do not have one) and quickly learn to use it for live coding. In the evening, we will perform together in front of the audience. The evening concert will be free and open to the public.
Participants will learn how to listen in place, how to use slow walking as means of a performance, and also how to use Tidal for live coding performance.
What participants need for the workshop
The participants will be required to:
- bring a laptop (Mac is perferred but PC or linux woud also work)
- bring a set of headphones
- wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes
- a small notebook (you will need to carry it during the walk) and a pen