SOUND DESIGN CONFERENCE:

August 29-31, 1989

The conference was designed by Randy Thom and Erik Bauersfeld to bring together artists working in various acoustical media: Radio drama, film, music. video, theatre, music. The main purpose was to hear and discuss the aesthetic and creative uses of sound, in particular new sound art. Several major artists were invited to give an extended presentation, and all artists present had an opportunity to introduce and play their work, with discussion from the other artists present. The main goal of the conference was to introduce new aesthetic possibilities for sound design in all the arts. American presenters were joined by others from England (BBC) Germany (WDR), Australia & New Zealand.

The project was funded by the National Endowment for the arts and The Goethe Institute of San Francisco. It took place, August 29-30-31 1989, at Lucasfilm's sound and technical studios at Skywalker Ranch in Nicascio, CA. Each session was recorded and archived, with assistance from Conference Producers Eva Soltes & Susan Stanford. Our special thanks to Don Drucker, with the National Endowment for the Arts, for consultation and support in realizing this conference. Below is a report of the procedings by San Francisco arts reporter, Steven Winn.

The following lists the guest artists and titles of their presentations. Further information will be given as we audition and edit the original recordings.

 

Tuesday Aug. 29, 1989

AM
 
Shaun MacLoughlin
  BBC Features and Drama
     
PM
 
Helen Thorington
  New American Radio
     
PM
 
Ben Burtt
  Hearing is Believing
        (Film Sound)
         

 

Wednesday Aug. 30, 1989

AM
 
Richard Beggs & Randy Thom
  Film Sound (a discussion)
         
PM
 
Bernie Kraus
  Enviromental Sound
         
   
Pauline Oliveros
  Sound Environments
         
 
Margo Adler
  Documentary and Docudrama
   
   
 
Jay Allison
  Excerpts & Discussion
   
   

 

Thursday Aug. 31, 1989

AM
 
Klaus Schöning
  The Language of Sound
        A history of acoustic art with
   
  excerpts from American and
        European radio
         
AM
 
John Cage
  John Cage creates a Hörspiel
 
  using the auditorium, I-Ching
   
  dice, Lucasfilm equipment,
 
  and his voice
         
 
Klaus Schöning
  A Discussion
   
and John Cage
   

 

 

The following is a report on the conference sessions by San Francisco Chronicle arts critic, Steven Winn: It Was All Sound and a Little Fury