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Re: Nature Recording: schools??

Subject: Re: Nature Recording: schools??
From: Dan Dugan <>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 21:13:55 -0700
Brian McWilliams, you wrote,

>I'm thinking about taking the next step in exploring
>the world of sound. Can anyone recommend some schools
>that might connect some or all of these dots?
>- audio engineering
>- sound design

There are a number of schools teaching these crafts, mostly oriented 
to the music industry and post-production for film and video. Google 
"recording school" and you'll find them.

>- field recording, study & documentation (especially
>animals/insects/natural phenomenon that make sound)
>- biology? why do animals make sound, what do their
>calls/sounds mean?

The annual Field Recording Workshop of the Nature Sounds Society, and 
workshops by the Library of Natural Sounds at Cornell.

>- music ethnocology - how does sound and music
>function in cultures, how does sound and music impact

Google "ethnomusicology"

>- impact of society on nature through sound - how does
>the shrinking of quiet space impact nature and

That's the book -you're- going to write.

>I'd like to explore some of these things as part of a
>master's or doctorate degree - especially the field
>recording, documenting and study of animal/insect
>calls. The music ethnocology and sound/society stuff
>maybe later...
>If anyone can talk about possible schools to consider
>and how this might lead to possible careers, I'd love
>to discuss.

Fascinating careers, to be sure, can be made in any of these areas or 
combinations. But don't quit your day job. It's a labor of love.

-Dan Dugan


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