Subtle Listening is a mode of listening where one's imagination is open to the sound world around them, helping their inner ear and outer world intersect.
The Subtle Listening workshop is an ongoing workshop for musicians, media artists, filmmakers, composers, producers, sound designers, or any type of artist who wants to sharpen their listening skills.
The workshop uses a wide range of techniques culled from Jungian psychology, Hermetic philosophy, paradox and Buddhist mediation, as well as thirty years of my own experience as a sound artist and electro-acoustic music composer.
Through guided meditation, and various types of listening exercises, participants will learn techniques they can use any time to help heighten their sensitivity to the sounds around them.
As a courtesy to the workshop participants it would be appreciated if everyone arrived at the studio at 11AM sharp.
Kim Cascone studied electronic music at the Berklee College of Music and at the New School in Manhattan. He founded Silent Records in 1985 and has released more than 50 albums of electronic music on Silent, anechoic, Sub Rosa, Mille Plateaux, Raster-Noton and Monotype.
Cascone has performed with Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Scanner, John Tilbury, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros and worked as assistant music editor on two David Lynch films. Cascone founded the .microsound list in 1999, has written for MIT Press and Contemporary Music Review. His writing is included in many books on sound art.
Ocean Beach Studio - phone: 415 735-1730
Items needed by workshop participants:
- a laptop with audio software
- an mp3 player – either software, smartphone or standalone player
- a pair of good quality headphones – earbuds are OK
- loose comfortable clothing for meditation practice
- two pairs of foam earplugs
- a notebook for use as a dream journal & sketch book
- a USB stick with room on it for mp3 files
a blindfold – a scarf that can be tied around ones head will do
- small hand-held items that make noise:
small percussion instruments (bells, triangles, small drums etc)
small rocks – no bigger than a palm of a hand
clickers – or any small metal objects
cellophane or aluminum foil
- whatever people imagine would be useful for the workshop
- digital recorders, microphones are welcome but will be mainly used for your homework assignments