Since initiating the 'Active Crossover' project in 2009, I have been invited to give various Active Listening and Field Recording workshops.
Beginning with a brief presentation of my working practice, methods and thoughts on the act of listening, the participants are then led blindfolded to locations both familiar and unfamiliar, which enables them to focus on the sonic characteristics of the environment, without being distracted by the visual associations of those sounds. In other words to just hear and enjoy the sounds for what they are and how our perception, and reception, of them is affected even by the slightest change in a position.
I go on to demonstrate different ways of recording sound using various techniques and microphones that are inexpensive and easy to construct, such as contact microphones, induction coil sensors and hydrophones.
workshop for Soomdo, Seoul, South Korea, 2015