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The art of recording ambient sounds | lecture-workshop with Yiorgis Sakellariou

Event Date: 2020 Aug 22
Event Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The workshop will focus on several practical and aesthetic issues regarding field recording and its use in sound art, music and films as well as in anthropological and ethnographic research, oral history and interviewing. The lecture-workshop will be held in English.


The workshop is divided in two parts:

  1. Background and Contextualization. The first half of the workshop will briefly introduce the history of recorded sound, from the invention of the phonograph in 1877 to the current availability of portable digital recorders leading to a growing interest in field recordings and a wide range of their use (contemporary artistic practice, scientific research, journalism). The section will include listening to audio examples from works of pioneering and contemporary practitioners.
  2. Practical applications. In the second part there will be an introduction to field recording equipment and techniques. There will be a practical demonstration of recorders, types of microphones (stereo, contact, hydrophones), headphones and suggestions for wind protection, appropriate file formatting, flash cards for storage and archiving and use of computer software for editing and post-production purposes.


Yiorgis Sakellariou is an electroacoustic music composer, recordist and researcher. Since 2003, he has been active internationally being responsible for solo and collaboration albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe. 

His practice focuses on the communal experience of listening and the communication between composer, audiences, performance spaces and the rest of the physical and supernatural world. His sonic material is founded on the digital manipulation of environmental recordings. The palette of sounds is all encompassing; from vibrating rail-tracks to refrigerators’ static, and from noisy waterfalls to the humming of insects. 

He completed his PhD at Coventry University (April 2018). His research drew inspiration from ethnomusicological and anthropological contexts and explored the sonic symbolism and socio-aesthetic settings in ecstatic religious rituals in relation to field recording, electroacoustic composition and acousmatic performance.

Yiorgis Sakellariou is a member of the Athenian Contemporary Music Research Centre, the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association and the Lithuanian Composers Union. Since 2004 he has curated the label Echomusic. He is currently a lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University and an assistant lecturer at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Event is free

Registration is required. Registration will be available soon.

Number of participants is limited.


The venue:

Kirtimai Cultural Center 

Dariaus ir Girėno str. 69


If you have any questions, you can contact us by this email – or tel.: +370 679 21040

The project is organized by Kirtimai Cultural Center 

The project is partly supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture,Vilnius City Municipality

Partners and friends: Palanga Street Radio, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Lithuanian Library for the Blind

Special thank you: Soundium, Skytech