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Saturday May 5th, 12-4pm
Exploring Processes for Experimental Audio
w/ Tod Emel

With a continually expanding catalogue of accessible and user-friendly tools for creative audio practices, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of technique. This workshop looks more generally at how audio artists can design open processes to create dynamic sonic-worlds. Starting with a brief overview of the artist’s own site-specific practice, we’ll examine methods for integrating field-recording, sampling, Electroacoustic improvisation and digital processing in the studio.

We’ll also focus on the tools and equipment available through the PAVED Arts Production Centre so participants do not need to bring their own. While it won’t be a heavy technical part of the workshop, Todd will walk through his own workflow in an Ableton Live set which will be available to download ahead of time if users would like to bring their laptops and follow along. He’ll also provide links to online sources for several digital audio workstations, samples, software, hardware and tutorials.

Whether you’re new to audio art or a seasoned veteran looking to punctuate your practice with some novel experimentation, this workshop is designed to help you get the most out of your time in the studio!

Tod Emel currently lives in Saskatoon where he maintains an active curatorial and multimedia studio practice. He regularly performs locally as a solo artist, as well as with the collaborative audio visual noise jammers Psychic Driving Range and his latest freak jazz project Muttering. He has presented his audio work at local and national festivals. From 2008-11, Tod served as the Director of AKA Gallery in Saskatoon where he initiated the Sounds Like audio art festival in 2011. In 2015, Tod formed the Unheard Sound collective along with Travis Cole and Chad Munson, presenting curated experimental audio art events. Unheard recently adopted the Sounds Like festival. Tod has served as a juror for the Saskatchewan Arts Board and at the Canada Council for the Arts. He is represented by Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon.


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Members: FREE
Non-members: $50/year ($25 for Student/Underemployed)

Did you know? PAVED Member perks include free workshops, plus artist-priced access to equipment rentals, video editing suite, digital photo suite, audio suite, darkroom, event space rentals, and more!

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