Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2nd meeting report

Thanks to everyone who came out and to Veljo Runnel for an excellent talk and presentation. It was another good turn out, and Veljo treated us to a wonderful collection of his sounds. We ran out of time, though, before he could play us the slowed-down-birdsong recording he promised us, so for those of you were disappointed, Veljo says: "Here it is, first in natural speed, then slowed down six times. The bird is Eurasian Reed Warbler, recorded from a boat in Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve."

it's here on aporee maps

Saturday, April 17, 2010

2nd meeting, Wednesday, April 28th

MoKS presents:
with Veljo Runnel
Wednesday, April 28
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu

This second meeting of helikoosolek:tartu will be led by Estonian nature
recordist, phonographer, and photographer Veljo Runnel.  Veljo is a
biologist based in Tartu who has been making nature recordings since
1999, founding the loodusheli website ( with
the Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) soon thereafter. Veljo says, "I
think I can name myself as a nature educator and nature guide. This also
applies for nature sounds. I am educating people and helping them to
listen, understand and enjoy nature."

For our meeting, along with a presentation of his photography and
recordings, Veljo will address the following topics:
- Discovering aesthetic resources from nature.
- Learning to listen.
- Soundjourneys to wild places.
- Birds - artists or advertisers?

For more information on his work, see the following publications:

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by MoKS and supported by Eesti Rahva
Muuseum, Tartu Linnavalitsus and Eesti Kultuurkapital.

Friday, April 2, 2010

1st meeting report

a great turnout for our first meeting, and plenty of enthusiasm for future activities. requests have been made in future for a contact microphone building workshop, and an explanation of binaural recording/listening, and hence the intricacies of how the brain and body physically process directional sound information. if there are any experts that would be interested in making that presentation, please get in touch!

this time we met with anthea caddy and felicity mangan for a guided tour through the australian sound art scene, exploring the role environment plays in the creative realm via the long wire recordings of  alan lamb, the industrial field recordings of camilla hannan, the spatial interventions of eamon sprod, and many more.  we also learned that koalas are not as cute and cuddly as we thought.  our australian tour took most of the meeting, so we only took a brief look at some revenant:sound materials, but that's a topic we can return to at a later date.

a few pics from our first meeting below, care of mari jõgiste. the next meeting will be on the last wednesday of this month, april 28th, at 6pm. we will be announcing shortly who our guests will be.