730 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

Listening Instruments Workshop: Explorations of listening in the urban soundscape


The Listening Instruments Workshop provides participants with the information, inspiration and resources to create headphone-based listening experience that physically modify their sonic relationship to the urban soundscape. Instead of masking, blocking or canceling out unwanted sounds, the projects created play with the acoustic properties of various materials to affect, transform, modulate and obscure sounds from the surrounding environment. This mode of mechanically adjusted active listening creates different ways to explore, question, critically analyze and reconsider the urban soundscape. Once built, participants will embark on a listening tour of Side Street Projects and the surrounding area to explore the new listening opportunities created by existing and freshly made Listening Instruments.


More information about the theory and practice that informs this workshop can be found in this documentary created by Southern California Public Radio: https://vimeo.com/36325609

RSVP: a@listeninginstruments.com


About the Artist:


Alex Braidwood is a designer, media artist and design educator who maintains a practice centered around a process of play, experimentation and research through making. Alex's current work explores methods for transforming the relationship between people and the noise in their environment. His 7 years as a design educator involved developing and teaching interaction and motion design courses to undergraduate graphic design students. He has also created a variety of award winning projects for digital agencies and studios, including Formalplay LLC, a consultancy that he formed and operated successfully in the Detroit area prior to pursuing an MFA in Media Design. Alex has presented papers on design education, led workshops on creative uses of technology for designers, lectured on his research and processes, exhibited motion and interactive work throughout the US and in Europe, and given live audio performances at a variety of events and venues. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI

and his MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. More information about Alex Braidwood and his work can be heard on his website at www.listeninginstruments.com

Side Street Projects 730 N Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

This project is made possible through a grant from The Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Commission and an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

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