Documentary Sound / Sound as Documentation Workshop

26 November 2019, 9:30-13:00
Belle van Zuylenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam

This morning workshop addresses the role of sound in documentary. The aim of the workshop is to collectively map contemporary trends in documentary sound design and to engage critically with the vocabulary available for sound analysis. Drawing on a variety of documentary examples, the workshop aims to instigate conversation around the theory and practice of sound in the digital media landscape. The workshop features short presentations by scholars in the fields of documentary studies and sound studies: Ilona Hongisto (NTNU Trondheim), Asbjørn Tiller (NTNU Trondheim), Adam Szymanski (University of Freiburg) and filmmaker Ingrid Galadriel Aune Falch (Up North Productions). Each presentation will be followed by a short discussion, and the workshop will end with a closing discussion, moderated by Carolyn Birdsall and Toni Pape (UvA).


9:30 – 9:40 Welcome

9:40 – 10:10 Ilona Hongisto: “Sound-objects: The Material Persistence of Ambient Sound in Documentary Cinema”

10:15 – 10:45 Asbjørn Tiller: “Creating Soundscapes of the Past”

10:50 – 11:20 Adam Szymanski: “Listening to the Pain: Mental Illness Documentaries at the National Film Board of Canada”

11:25 – 11:55 Ingrid Galadriel Aune Falch: Presentation of the documentary Oh, It Hertz! (2019)

12:00 – 12:30 Closing discussion, moderated by Carolyn Birdsall and Toni Pape