NONFICTION AUDIOVIDEO: master class with sound artist ERNST KAREL

Tuesday May 22, 1 – 4 PM, Communications 113 / Studio D

This workshop will focus on practical issues involved with working on audio for nonfiction film/video. In doing so, Ernst will present excerpts of vilms he has worked on for analysis and discussion, from seemingly very straightforward pieces using only sync sound to more elaborate projects, including opening up Pro Tools edit sessions to take a look at what kinds of decisions were made in detail. 

Ernst Karel works with sound, including electroacoustic music, experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance, and postproduction sound for nonfiction vilm [film/video], with an emphasis on observational cinema. His recent solo projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in performance he sometimes combines these with analog electronics to create pieces which move between the abstract and the documentary. Recent sound projections have been presented at Sonic Acts, Amsterdam; Oboro, Montreal; EMPAC, Troy NY; Arsenal, Berlin; and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Sound installations in collaboration with Helen Mirra have been exhibited at the Gardner Museum, Boston; Culturgest, Lisbon; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Audiorama, Stockholm; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; and in the 2012 Sao Paulo Bienal. Video with multichannel sound collaborations include Ah humanity! (2015, with Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel) and Single Stream (2014, with Toby Lee and Pawel Wojtasik). Other projects include the long-running electroacoustic duo EKG, and the location recording/performance collective the New England Phonographers Union. CDs of his often collaborative work have been released on and/OARAnother TimbreCathnorGruenrekorder, Locust, Sedimental, and Sshpuma record labels, among others. From 2006 until 2017 he managed the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, doing postproduction sound for vilms including The Iron MinistryManakamana, and Leviathan, and where as Visiting Lecturer on Anthropology, he teaches a production class every other year in ‘sonic ethnography’.

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