Set off on Sound Adventures – a new free online course for ages 11-16 from Yorkshire Sound Women Network and Lawrence Batley Theatre

Staying at home doesn’t have to mean going nowhere! YSWN’s new online course Sound Adventures offers the chance to start an exciting journey into music technology and sound. Participants will come away with a fantastic set of technical and creative skills to inform and inspire their future explorations into the world of sound and music, whatever direction that might take.

Starting on Wednesday 10 March, the free six-week course will run during March and April 2021 and is open to girls and young people of marginalised genders aged 11-16 and living in Kirklees. Jointly coordinated by YSWN and Lawrence Batley Theatre, Sound Adventures is part of Our Biennale, the Kirklees children and young people’s festival of arts and culture.

During the course, led by sound artist Jo Kennedy with technical assistance from Charlotte Rowe, participants will learn essential skills used by professional music producers and sound artists, including how to make good quality audio recordings and use a DAW (digital audio workstation) to edit and sculpt sound.  Sounds created will then be imaginatively ‘geolocated’ to build an immersive soundwalk with an environmental theme, that people can take using their smart phones.

The course will be held weekly over six online sessions via Zoom:

Week 1: Introduction to sound art, soundwalks and exploring environmental issues through sound
Week 2: Using a mobile phone to record sounds and an introduction to the Echoes soundwalk app
Week 3: Introduction to DAWs including the free software Audacity
Week 4: Learning more about Audacity and music production techniques; starting to build a soundwalk
Weeks 5 & 6: Putting it all together and publishing the soundwalk so others can enjoy it!

Participants can also gain Arts Award Discover accreditation by taking part in the project. Between sessions, there’ll be extra tasks to try out and complete, with one-to-one support and advice on offer. As well as teaching new skills in sound recording, the course will also focus on how a range of artists use sound art to encourage people to care more about nature and the environment.

All sessions are free of charge (including the software used) and open to participants with any level of music and/or technology experience, including complete beginners. No specialist equipment is required to take part, but participants will need access to a smart phone (for recording) and PC/laptop (for editing sounds and building their walk), and be available to attend all the project sessions.

Project dates:

Wednesdays, 6pm – 7.30pm
• 10 March
• 17 March
• 24 March
• 31 March
• 7 April
• 14 April

How to apply
The sessions will be held using Zoom. To apply, download the application form here, complete and return it to info@yorkshiresoundwomen.com. Once accepted, participants will be sent a private link and password for the sessions.

If you require the application in another format, please contact us at info@yorkshiresoundwomen.com.

Sound Adventures is coordinated by Yorkshire Sound Women Network and Lawrence Batley Theatre as part of Our Biennale, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.