Short introduction to spatial listening, aural architecture, and concepts of space and place. Hand out blindfolds (sleeping masks) as aural enhancement devices (AEDs) to be held close and used as an apparatus during the workshop.
First task: Move as a pair through the city, for 15 minutes, with each participant blindfolded with an AED, and holding their partner's hand as a guide. Concentrate on sounds. Try to map surroundings, distances, events, directions, and atmospheres. Partner helps listener navigate safely, and records the path.
Second task: View path taken on the map.
Third task: Create a sound scene by listening to a chosen place and detecting and describing its five most noticeable sounds.
Fourth task: Rate presence from 1 to 10 of the five most noticeable sounds (like on a mixing desk).
Fifth task: Give spatial sound scene a title, as a painter or sculptor would do for their work.
Sixth task: Produce an audio recording of the sound scene and describe it while recording.
Meeting with all the others. How do the visual impressions differ from the aural? Listen to the recordings. First impressions and discussion.
Walk through the city with the whole group.
Seventh task: Present and perform (dramaturgy and orchestration) your spatial sound scene to the group in situ.
Discussion about shared, subjective, and intersubjective aspects of perception of spatial sound events, their definition, ephemerality, characteristics, and materiality.