Bogong Centre for Sound Culture

B–CSC Winter Masterclass 2019: The Art of Field Recording

Discover the mystery and the magic of the winter landscape through sound recording.

 Bogong Centre for Sound Culture is pleased to announce its forthcoming masterclass led by world renown sound artists and recordists Douglas Quin [US] and Philip Samartzis [AU]. The masterclass draws on the groundbreaking work they have produced in the Arctic and Antarctica to demonstrate technical and creative processes used to register and exhibit the transformative effects of extreme climates.

This five-day intensive masterclass introduces participants to how to prepare for and undertake deep fieldwork in remote wilderness environments, and their attendant conditions. Participants will be situated in the environs of Victoria’s Alpine National Park. Fieldwork will be undertaken at Howmans Gap, and the Bogong High Plains during the snow season. Practical fieldwork will be complimented by technical demonstrations and conversations focusing on compositional methods and analysis, spatial sound techniques, and exhibition strategies. 

Participants will be accommodated above the snow-line at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, which surrounded by mountain ash bushland.


  • Practical fieldwork undertaken in alpine wilderness area during the snow season.
  • Instruction on how to prepare for deep field work in challenging environmental conditions.
  • Advise on how to prepare competitive applications for polar and alpine residency programs.
  • Exploration of the Bogong High Plains under the guidance of an Antarctic field training officer.



COST: $3000.00 

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Douglas Quin, Ph.D. [US] is a world-renowned sound designer and naturalist. Quin’s extensive polar work over two decades includes the recordings Antarctica and Fathom. He was commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln to create a live satellite sound art project broadcast from Antarctica at the millennium. In 2011, he was commissioned to compose Polar Suite for the award-winning Kronos Quartet featuring soundscapes and interactive electronics. Other polar oriented work includes a fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive Australia and Liquid Architecture Sound Art Festival and Tour 13: Antarctic Convergence (2012). Among his film credits, Quin created the sound design for and mixed Werner Herzog's Academy Award–nominated documentary film about Antarctica, Encounters at the End of the World as well as Under Antarctic Ice, a documentary for the PBS Nature series. He's also worked on audio exhibits with a polar focus for the American Museum of Natural History and the Polish Academy of Sciences, among others. Quin has and continues to collaborate with scientists including co-authoring a study of Weddell seal vocalisations which was published in Polar Biology.

He teaches at Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Philip Samartzis [AU] is a sound artist, scholar and curator with a specific interest in the social and environmental conditions informing remote wilderness regions and their communities. 

Philip is the recipient of two Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowships (2009 and 2015), which he used to document the effects of extreme climate and weather events in Eastern Antarctica, Macquarie Island, and on the research vessel Aurora Australis. Artworks produced from his fellowships have been incorporated into the National Archives of Australia’s Traversing Antarctica: The Australian Experience (2011-14); the 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Edinburgh (2011); and the National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial Extra (2018). In 2014, France Culture and ABC Radio National commissioned Antarctica, An Absent Presence based on the book he produced for Thames & Hudson Australia (2016). In the same year the INA-GRM commissioned Davis Station for their Akousma multi-channel surround sound concert series. Philip’s most recent Antarctic project is a collaboration with Melbourne ensemble Speak Percussion titled Polar Force which premiered at the Art Centre Melbourne.



Event starts
Monday 1 July, 2019
Event Ends
Friday 5 July, 2019
Howmans Gap Alpine Centre
Venue Address
Bogong High Plains Rd

Victoria, Falls Creek

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