School of Sound

Every year I receive an email notifying me of the next School of Sound (held annually in London) and I wistfully think one day I’ll get there, but for some reason the April dates never fall between films, and flying from New Zealand to London is not something to be done directly, unless you like to suffer. Seems they dont really make planes with 6ft tall people in mind, unless you are a rich 6ft person & can afford to get out of cattle class…
Anyway if you live in London or at least closer than I do, can I highly reccomend you check out The School of Sound, 2009:

The 8th SCHOOL OF SOUND International Symposium
15 – 18 April 2009
Southbank Centre, London

The School of Sound presents a stimulating and provocative series of master classes by practitioners, artists and academics on the creative use of sound with image. Directors, sound designers, composers, editors and theorists working at the highest levels of film, the arts and media show us the soundtrack from unexpected perspectives. They reveal the methods, theories and creative thinking that lie behind the most effective uses of sound and music. If you work in film, television, commercials, radio or multimedia – this event will convince you of the extraordinary potential of the soundtrack.

We have devised a programme that is as useful for the director, producer or screenwriter as it is for the sound designer and composer. Sound in storytelling, sonic environments, human sound perception – the topics range from the practical to the aesthetic to the abstract during these intense four-day meetings.

In its previous editions, the SOS has attracted delegates from over 25 countries. Join us for our eighth event in 2009. At the SOS you will not learn about hardware or software. But we can introduce you to the ideas of creators working at the cutting edge of sound production and inspire you to say, “I never thought of working that way.”

Confirmed speakers
Noted Indian director presenting the work of Ritwik Ghatak

Composer, radio artist and sound ecologist

Sound Designer and Music Producer for film, radio, dance and theatre,
collaborating with Chantal Akerman, Agnes Jaoui and Philippe Garrel

Features Sound Designer (Jarhead, The English Patient,
The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Film Editor

Radio features producer

Drama editor, former Head of the MA Programme at the NFTS and
author of Fine Cuts: The Art of European Film Editing

Film Sound Designer known for his longtime collaboration with Atom Egoyan

Documentary filmmaker (Divorce Iranian Style,
The Day I Will Never Forget, Sisters In Law)

Avant-garde filmmaker, video and installation artist

Registrations now being accepted. For information about the programme, fees and registering, go to, email or phone 00 44 20 7724 6616

Can I also highly reccomend a book published of previous lectures, mentioned previously here in my sound design book list & available from the school of sound website. I particularly enjoyed the section by Walter Murch (as always) and Carter Burwell but also found Mani Kaul very very interesting & philosophical, hence the upcoming 2009 session will be a definite highlight… I’m also a big fan of Atom Egoyans emotionally driven films so hearing Steve Munro speak would also be very interesting… But I’ve got two films back to back from January to May, so…. I’ll just have to dream of 2010…

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