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An Artist-Scientist Finds Her Voice in Sound

An interview with Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries student, Malika Gumpangkum

Date: 02/15/2018
By Sound Arts and Industries

Malika Gumpangkum is a Tampa, Florida native with a BA in English Literature from Emory University. She is also a student in Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program. Gumpangkum recently shared her interest in sound, her dream job as a film critic and what she hopes for in her future career.

Q: How did you end up choosing to pursue a BA in English literature? Was that an interest of yours from a young age?

A: At first, I was majoring pre-med and English, but had a change of heart and focused solely on English literature. My...

Sounds in the Sky

A Q&A with Stephan Moore about his Lincoln Park Conservatory exhibit

Date: 01/25/2018
By Sound Arts and Industries

On display now through March 7 at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Florasonic: Stephan Moore: A Grid Against the Sky is comprised of a set of conjoined metal instruments called the Wall of Metals. The prerecorded sounds from the instruments are slowed down, reversed, mixed, and manipulated in real time to create a series of complex harmonies determining cross-hatched patterns aimed at filling the interior volume of the Fern Room.

Marketing Director for the Experimental Sound Studio Ryan Packard sat down with Moore, a lecturer for the MA in Sound Arts and...

There’s More Than Meets the Ears in this Video Game Exhibit

Interactive video game exhibit goes beyond fun and games.

Date: 01/11/2018
By Sound Arts and Industries

Now through February 25, you can explore the world of video games through “The Ears Have Walls: A Survey of Sound Games,” a collaboration between Northwestern lecturers Stephan Moore and Chaz Evans.

Evans is the co-founder of the Video Game Art Gallery , a pop-up organization dedicated to increasing “cultural appreciation, education of video games and new media through exhibition, study, critique and sale.”

The gallery, located in Logan Square, has been showing exhibitions since 2013. It’s one of two locations hosting “The Ears Have Walls.” The second exhibition space is the Experimental Sound Studio ’s Audible Gallery....

This Year’s Big Winners at the Third Coast Conference

We catch up with Professor Neil Verma to get his take on the winners at the 2017 Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Date: 11/21/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

The Third Coast International Audio Festival was held in Chicago November 9-11. The weekend came on the heels of two weeks of live, on-stage podcasts in venues across the city. The festival brought together radio producers, podcasters, journalists, documentarians, audio artists and students to listen to each other’s work, share ideas and connect. The 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition winners were also named.

This annual competition looks for the best audio stories produced worldwide, and judges include prominent members of the public radio community. Since 2001, the competition has...

Northwestern to Host ‘The World According to Sound’

An interview with the co-creators and hosts of the 90-second podcast ‘The World According to Sound’ ahead of their live recording at Northwestern on October 17.

Date: 10/17/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Bridges. Leaf blowers. Auctioneers. What do these seemingly unrelated things have in common? They’ve all been featured on “The World According to Sound,” the 90-second podcast hosted by Sam Harnett and Chris Hoff. On Tuesday, the duo will record a live show at Northwestern University.

“I think it’s really meaningful to come together with a bunch of people and be quiet, but just be listening and not looking at anything,” says Hoff.

Hoff is a sound engineer at KALW News in San Francisco, where Harnett also works as a reporter....

Noise-Water-Meat Cookout Recap

Get to know the 2017-2018 Sound Arts and Industries students who attended the Noise-Water-Meat event.

Date: 10/12/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

On September 28, Northwestern hosted its third annual Noise-Water-Meat Cookout, the first social event of the year. The event brought together sound-interested students and faculty across Northwestern, including the second cohort of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries.

The event’s unique name is a reference to Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts , an early classic in the field of sound studies.

“Douglas Kahn is writing about the history of sound in avant-garde art, but we thought his title would also work well for our...

Block Museum of Art Exhibit Inspires Two Northwestern Courses

A new course on sound design connects master’s program and latest exhibit at the Block Museum of Art.

Date: 09/21/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

An exhibition at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art will take shape during two courses this fall quarter.

“ Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt ” presents Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits and related artifacts from the site of ancient Tebtunis in Egypt. Most of the objects on display are loans from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, which holds one of the largest collections of mummy portraits from a single site in the world. In addition to a group of six mummy portraits, the exhibit will feature a complete portrait mummy...

Arup Acoustic Consultant Leads New Winter Course

Course instructor Ryan Biziorek answers questions about the first-time class.

Date: 09/15/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

Students enrolled in Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program will have the opportunity to take a new course on the acoustics of sound next quarter. We caught up with the course instructor, Ryan Biziorek, Arup Associate and Acoustics, Audio Visual, Theatre Consulting Leader (Chicago), to talk about his new venture into teaching, what students can expect and his own sound education.

Q: You work for Arup , a global engineering and consulting firm in Chicago. Can you talk a bit about your role there?

A: The aural environment is very subjective. I often compare acoustics to tastes...

Going Full Circle with Professor Jake Smith

How Professor Jake Smith started his career in music and created the Sound Arts and Industries program

Date: 09/08/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

When Jake Smith thinks about the ideal Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries student, he can’t help but think about his own career trajectory.

“I was a musician and my career took me into academia,” Smith says. “That’s one of the profiles of students we’re looking for.”

Smith is a professor in Northwestern’s Radio/Television/Film Department. He’s also one of the founders of the Sound Arts and Industries program.

Smith’s career in sound began in high school when he learned to play guitar. He was a member of several bands...

Sound Devices Co-Founder Returns to Northwestern for Convocation Speech

Jon Tatooles discusses his successes, his challenges and how Northwestern established the foundation for his career

Date: 08/31/2017
By Sound Arts and Industries

On August 23, Jon Tatooles returned to his alma mater to deliver the convocation address to the first graduating master’s students of Northwestern’s Sound Arts and Industries program.

Tatooles graduated from Northwestern’s School of Communication, then called the School of Speech, in 1989 and majored in Radio/Television/Film. He’s been back to the school several times since then and even lived in Evanston from 1998 to 2005, but this was his first speaking engagement.

“I was presented with the opportunity to speak and it was quite an honor,” Tatooles says....

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