VCUarts Qatar to launch innovative sound design course next semester

VCUarts Qatar to launch innovative sound design course next semester

Dec 10 2020 – 9:46

Renowned Paris-based artist and sound designer Tarek Atoui will be a guest instructor on the new sound design course.

Doha: Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a partner university of the Qatar Foundation (QF), will launch an innovative new course – “Fabrication of Sound” – in January 2021, for the spring semester.

The course, which is open for cross-enrollment for students from other Education City universities, will explore the acoustic qualities of various materials, allowing learners to experiment and design their own creative audio works using both materials. inside and outside a studio. .

“Fabrication of Sound” will be led by Simone Muscolino, Director of the Art Foundation, and Ryan Browning, Associate Professor, Art Foundation, faculty members of VCUarts Qatar, as well as by Joshua Rodenberg, new director of The Innovative Media Studio (IMS) of VCUarts Qatar.

In addition to the aforementioned faculty of VCUarts Qatar, students participating in this course will benefit from the experience of visiting Parisian artist Tarek Atoui.

Atoui, a world-renowned composer and sound designer, will interact with the class several times during the semester and travel to Doha towards the end of March 2021, to lead a week-long workshop where he will compose the students’ work into a performative. . sound installation.

Explaining the details of the new course, Muscolino said the elective course is designed for students with varying degrees of experience in sound design, regardless of their academic specializations.

“While there is considerable support from the faculty for students who lack prior knowledge or experience in sound design, the course is also for students who already have a basic understanding and wish to explore more in depth the technological aspect of the program, ”he said. noted.

And Browning added: “The course is interdisciplinary and will offer instruction in several areas such as sound, design, materials, electronics, etc. We will use technology-based hardware, including motors and sensors that allow some interactivity with the object.

“The program will be of benefit to students who wish to learn how to construct objects with their hands, those interested in 3D design and sculpture, and those who wish to explore interactive technology which has applications in emerging media trends.” . “

From a technical standpoint, sound design is the process of creating audio tracks for a variety of platforms such as, but not limited to, film, television and radio production, video games, theater. and live performances. Sound designers regularly edit or “mix” previously composed or recorded audio and create sounds from scratch, using audio production tools such as specialized software and synthesizers.

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