Sound as a Creation Output

Course Leader: Dr Javier Ramos

Home Institution: Universidad del Areandina, Bogota, Colombia

Course pre-requisites: People not necessarily related with sound but likes research, design and/or art.

Course Overview
This course tries to encourage other ways to develop a research product beyond mere text.
Using sound, researchers or students who want to go deep using sound tools could learn some basic paths in order to create a sound artwork that could be hearable and more shareable in nowadays ways platforms and material places.
Learning how to record, edit, and then create a sound device, assistants to this course will develop their own ways to interact with a public, visitor or colleague that wants to know more about a research result or research output.
To take this course is desirable that you already have a subject to research, no matter of it is located in nature, in society or in any point among them. Hence, is also important that you already made some inquests about your research subject. (essays, thesis writings, articles, etc.).
At the end of the course assistants will develop their own sound design experience (material or immaterial) to share or develop their research inquiries.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, participants should be able to synthesize their ideas in sound artwork using their own material (natural sounds, interviews, landscape sound, wildlife sound)
Even is not the goal of this course, students should explore about different ways to materialize sound, not only as a hearable media, but as a more complete art medium.
Sound laboratory stage also will give student a way to share knowledge and understand sound as a media to explore.
Through this course, students also will go deep on conceptualization and creative tools which are the core of Design Thinking technics.

Course Content
PRE-PRODUCTION STAGE:
-Sound as a tool for Research: How sound could catalyze shareable qualities into a research.
-Developing Ideas and Concept: Use Design Thinking to materialize a research into a prototype
-Thinking about sound: Highlighting sound phenomena on almost any kind of life aspect.
-Sound recording techniques: Learn basic tools to record sound in an acceptable quality.
-Sound as a valuable data: How to preserve sound in order to use it later.
PRODUCTION STAGE:
-Recording techniques and devices: How to use the most common devices well.
-Creating a good sound management: Project tools in order to keep sound under control.
-Developing Material Devices to share sound: Exploring materials.
-Redesign: Exploring changes and trying new alternatives for a beginning idea.
-Electronic: Using very basic electronic in order to control sound outputs and responses.
POST-PRODUCTION STAGE:
-Sound Edition: Selecting the best way (not just Hi-Fi) to share sound as a research output.
-Making ideas, true devices: Develop project schedules in order to reach a research goal.
-Final Exhibition: Sharing a research outputs on public space.

Instructional Method
This course is mainly addressed to people who do social research and is tired to share their inquests on texts such: articles, books, Power Point presentations, etc.
Hence, design thinking as a tool will be used as a creation path for persons that not necessarily are related with sound and devices.
In the first week, students will be guided to conceptualize a subject that already had been studied or researched for them (any) in a new way that could reach a bigger scope, making a research output more visible and shareable using sound as its media.
In the second week, assistants will develop and sound device (material or immaterial) to share an idea or a result of their social researches.
Finally, students and lecturer will organize a devices sample open to more personas in campus on order to prove that sound is a very powerful tool for any research output.

Required Course Materials
-Sketch notebook and Color pens
-Masking Tape.
-Electrical Tape.
-Scissors and Cutter.
-Stereo Audio Cable (about 5 meters).
-Mini Jacks Plugin (3.5mm) Male and Female.
-Small speakers not bigger than 15W (new or used) *to be cut.
-Regular Mobile USB Charger (Android).
-Laptop with any sound edition software already installed.
-Headphones
-About 30euros in order to buy required material according to each project.

Assessment
Course goal is about to develop a creative way to share any kind of research output using sound. Assistants must demonstrate their interest and explore its own way of share sound using their very personal way materialized on a functional prototype.
A good prototype must interact, communicate and be understandable in a final exhibition that will take place in Campus.