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Audio-Mobile: Field Recording and Remixing with Mobile Media Devices

Date: 4 September 2012 Time: 11.00am

Venue: Room A06, LICA building, Lancaster University

Title: "Audio-Mobile: Field Recording and Remixing with Mobile Media Devices"

Monday, Sept 4, Room A06, LICA building, Lancaster University.

To register:


or email j.a.southern@lancaster.ac.uk

(10 places available)


Mobile devices represent new opportunities in terms of ubiquitous field recording and audio production potential allowing for tactical explorations of the political, technological and cultural economies in which mobile media technologies are embedded and continuously (re)defined.

This workshop will provide a hands-on demonstration of different techniques and technologies for recording and locating mobile sounds using the Audio-Mobile iPhone app, which Owen Chapman and Kim Sawchuk have been developing over the past two years. The Audio-Mobile app uses the iPhone's built-in mic for digital audio field recording, but allows date, time, location, GPS coordinates, an on-location photograph and a series of user-defined "notes" to be registered simultaneously.It has different file sharing options, including sending audio and data files by email attachment or uploading them to a website and interactive Google map. Those workshop participants with iPhones will be invited to download the beta version of the Audio-Mobile app. We will also have a number of iPhones on-hand for workshop participants to try out Audio-Mobile and a selection of other sound recording and remixing apps.

The workshop will be led by Owen Chapman,Kim Sawchuk and Samuel Thulin from the Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, Montreal.


(Tea & Coffee on arrival)

11h00 am- 13h00 pm: Workshop-Discussion and demonstration of various mobile field recording options, especially for cell phones. Demonstration of the Audio-Mobile iPhone app.

13h00-13h45 pm:Lunch (please bring your own in order to keep the lunch break short)

13h45-14h30 pm: Field recording record sounds, using personal devices or equipment made available by the workshop organizers (iPhones or iPads)

14h30-17h00 pm:(Tea & Coffee) Extracting sounds fromdevices, listening, remixing, discussion


Owen Chapmanis an audio artist whose work involves sample-based music, mobile phones, contact microphones and old electronic instruments. He is co-director of the Montreal wing of the Mobile Media Lab, located in the Communication Studies department at Concordia University, where he is also an Associate Professor in Sound Production and Scholarship.

Kim Sawchukis Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies and a cofounder ofstudioxx(Montreal), the Mobile Media Lab, andwi: journal of mobile media. She is a lead researcher for the Lost Rivers project, which maps and "daylights"the buried rivers in Montreal using mobile media to reveal the rich past of the natural environment and the built landscape.

Samuel Thulinis a musician and audio artist. His PhD research explores the intersections between mobility studies and soundscapes studies. He is presently working on developing interactive soundscapes for mobile devices for the Lost Rivers projectthat use their full gestural capacity.

****While the possession of an iPhone or iPad is not a requirement for workshop participation, if you do have your own phone, please bring it****



Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Monika Büscher

Associated projects: CaTalyST

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Mobilities.Lab, Sociology

Keywords: Media, Mobilities, Technology


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