Music Tech Camp 2021

Music Technology? What is that about? Come and find out during this 3-days camp organized by the Department of Musicology and WoNoMute.

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Are you a high-school student between 15-18 years old looking for something fun to do during the break? Join the Music Tech Camp we organized to show you how intriguing this domain can be and to spark an interest in more girls and non-binary people. Music technology is represented mainly by men these days, and we want to help you realize that you can do it too, if you want! If you're not part of this age group, no worries, we're welcoming anyone that wishes to learn, so just send us an email or register and we'll take it from there.

We wish you to feel comfortable asking questions and interacting with us - there's no such thing as a dumb question! - so the workshops will be taught only by women or non-binary people. But hey, if you're a boy looking for something new to learn in the gorgeous company of several women, then you're welcome to sign up!

The program consists of several workshops held in English (we're all internationals, yay!), and there is no previous knowledge required to join any of them. However, we want to show you practical things and teach you how to do the cool stuff yourself, so it would be great if you could bring a laptop to work on. If that's not possible, mention it in the registration form or in an email, and we'll make sure to find a solution!

Below is an overview of the workshops planned so far. We'll post more information with the exact time and any preparation needed (for example, software you could install before joining the workshop to save some time) closer to the date. There are also a few surprises prepared, so get ready to be amazed!

Wednesday, October 6, between 9:00 - 15:00:

- Introductions  9:00 - 9:15

- The basics of audio sampling in Audacity  9:15 - 11:00

In this workshop, together with our resident singer, Ane Bjerkan, you will learn some basic audio editing and sampling knowledge. You will do it all in Audacity - a great free software to help you with all things audio, albeit in a rather dull user interface. Be ready for a field trip to record sounds in the wild for this one!

- Things you need to know about performing live  11:00 - 11:45

Following the basic sound editing introduction, Ane Bjerkan will talk about and show you different microphones, soundcards, and sound systems for performing live (PA). You'll talk about what you need to set up a home studio, the differences between microphones and their qualities, and how you can use a PA system for band rehearsals. This is a practical workshop where you get to try out the equipment and learn the basics. Bring lots of questions!

- How to record your own song and do some basic post-production in Audacity  12:00 - 15:00

A new student of the Music, Communication and Technology Master's (MCT), Sofía González will walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on recording a song yourself. Have you stuttered at the beginning of the song and need to cut away some second or apply some filters to equalize the sound? She will show you how to do that and a lot of other fun stuff!

Thursday, October 7, between 9:00 - 15:00:

- Music production and sound processing in Reaper  9:00 - 12:00

A doctoral research fellow at RITMO, Dana Swarbrick, will give a workshop on music production using Reaper (a digital audio workstation), showing you cool effects and details about how to work with multi-tracks, how to record, edit, process, mix, and master a song.

- Sensory music effects with Reaper and OSC  12:30 - 15:00

After learning the basics with Dana, Alena Clim, a student of the MCT Master's, will show you how to use the sensors already existing in your phone - your light sensor, the compass, and accelerometer - to control the sound effects you wish to put on an audio track in Reaper. That way you can control, say, the volume or pitch of a specific track through the movements of your phone. It's easier than it sounds!

Friday, October 8, approximately between 9:00 - 13:00:

We have some surprises organized for you on Friday, and it might be a shorter day. All I can say is that it has something to do with echos and possibly podcasting. Maybe even with music-making using little bits of hardware. You'll also get to show something you worked on to everybody at the end - a short concert of sorts where we'll all play something we worked on throughout the workshops. No need to run scared, it'll be fun!

If you have any questions, please contact Alena Clim at alenacl@uio.no

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Register here

Tags: music technology, camp, interactive workshops
Published Sep. 5, 2021 12:55 PM - Last modified Oct. 6, 2021 1:43 PM