Sonic Mmabolela

Conceived and directed by Francisco López, Sonic Mmabolela is a two-week workshop/residency in environmental sound and field recording at Mmabolela Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa.





About the workshop/residency

Sonic Mmabolela is a two-week workshop/residency for professional and semi-professional sound artists and composers with previous experience in the area of sound experimentation and field recordings. It takes place at Mmabolela Reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa at the border with Botswana.

The workshop/residency includes field work, studio work, and presentations. There is a special focus on creative approaches to field recording with an extensive exploration of natural sound environments.

The activities of the workshop/residency include:

• Introductory sessions on field recordings with a philosophical/critical perspective.
• Field trips, day and night, for extensive listening and recording sound environments.
• Guidance in developing studio skills for working with recordings.
• Presentations/discussions of creative work.
• Realization of sound art compositions.
• Presentation of finished compositions by the participant artists.

The basic language for the workshop/residency is English. Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian are also spoken.

Are you interested?

The deadline for registration for 2016 will be announced in 2016.

Note: The capacity of the workshop/residency is generally limited to a small group of up to 14 participants. If the maximum capacity of 14 registered participants is reached before the deadline, the workshop/residency will be considered complete. If the minimum number of 8 registered participants is not reached by the deadline date, the workshop/residency will not take place.

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Francisco López, director of ‘Sonic Mmabolela’, is internationally recognized as a major figure in field recordings and environmental sound.

He is also a Ph.D. ecosystem biologist with more than twenty years of teaching experience.

He has presented his work in concerts and installations throughout the world, lectured extensively, collaborated with more than 150 artists, organized workshops in environmental sound in the Amazon and South Africa, and had his work released on more than 300 record labels worldwide.