Immersive Audio & Creative Recording with Jamie
  • Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 30 hours over 5 days

Immersive Audio & Creative Recording with Jamie

Learn to capture immersive audio and soundscapes of the stunning lochs, sea, and woods in the Scottish Highlands with sound artist Jamie. Build your own sound archives, record, create installations or write sonic novels inside an old, picturesque church converted studio.

    Pricing

    One Guest
    USD $1620
    Additional guest(s) (max 2)
    USD $735

    Accommodation

    One Guest
    USD $330
    Additional guest(s)
    USD $110

    Meet the Artist

    Jamie is a composer and sound artist who builds soundworlds from words and voices, field recordings, and music. As a child in headphones, he was fascinated by the voices and sounds that would transport him to the farthest shores of his imagination, and spent the last 35 years following this passion wherever his ears will take him. Currently developing his own sonic novel, he’s combining ambisonic soundfield recordings, location sound, mono and stereo recordings, and many unusual experimental techniques.

    He describes his home studio as a “magical fusion of the old and the new” - an old church hidden in a secluded Scottish glen, surrounded by mountains, with beautiful acoustics and cutting edge immersive audio technology. You'll feel right at home, as his artist wife Charlotte and daughter Molly are just as welcoming as Jamie, and love offering their daily freshly baked bread!

    VAWAA Includes:

    • Create your own personal ‘secret place’: capture the soundscape and sensations of the magical Scottish Highland in immersive 3D audio, to return to whenever you want simply by pulling on your headphones.
    • Become a sound collector: start building your own sound archive to take away and use in your own projects, art installations or as sonic postcards to share with friends and family.
    • Learn how Jamie creates ‘sonic novels’, where words, music, field recordings and sound design combine to create an immersive story told through sound, then try it out for yourself with words and texts you want to bring to life.
    • Explore the conceptual framework surrounding spatial audio and explore how ‘thinking spatially’ about sound can bring a new dimension to your own art project.
    • Capture spatial audio by using ambisonic microphones, a binaural ‘dummy head’ and various other spatial microphone arrays.
    • Work with spatial audio tools in the Reaper DAW, using state of the art software as well as freeware you can use at home.
    • Learn how to make great narration recordings in both studio and non-studio environments.
    • Experiment with recording music using our inspiring collection of instruments: from the everyday (piano, drums, guitars, organ, violin), the unusual (clarsach, theremin, pianoharp) and the downright odd (bone marimba, bullroarer, thunder rattle) we are sure to have something you want to pluck, blow, hit or swing.
    • Discover how distance, proximity and reflections work together to create depth and dimension in a recording.
    • Edit and assemble your project in the Reaper DAW, learning how to organize signal flow, spatialize sound sources and apply reverb, equalization and dynamics to create your finished mix.
    • Find out how to monitor your mix on headtracked headphones, static binaural and multichannel loudspeaker arrays, as well as good old stereo.
    • Learn how to evaluate your mix and to select the final delivery format most suitable for your project
    • Escape your creative rut: bring along your own music project and collaborate with Jamie to take it in a new direction, overcome ‘writer’s block’ or simply to lose yourself in the process in this inspirational environment.
    • Go on a field recording expedition to the hills, lochs, sea, woods and other sonically interesting environments surrounding Appin (and maybe a town if we need one!)
    • Yoga classes also available on request.

    Stay at Jamie's

    Stay at Jamie’s family home, adjoined to the church/studio. You’ll stay in a private double room with a comfy super king size bed, desk, wi-fi, freesat TV, DVD player and a peaceful view over the lawn. Shower-room and toilet are shared downstairs in the main house. Breakfast is included with your stay, and other home-cooked meals are available upon request.

    Explore Argyll, Scotland

    This coastal district's pristine natural environment is the perfect place for field recordings with minimal traffic noise. The beautiful scenery and abundance of wildlife never fails to inspire everyone who visits. Secret woodland paths, hidden ruins, and a land drenched in myth and legend await. You can see Castle Stalker of the 14th century, located on a tiny island in Loch Laich. Explore on foot the many beautiful hills and glens surrounding the studio, with world famous mountains such as Glen Coe and Ben Nevis. Enjoy the many outdoor activities available in the surrounding area, such as wild swimming, sea kayaking, fishing, diving, caving, rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, mountain biking, coasteering, beachcombing. You can go on a whisky tour, try out whale watching, or on a clear winter’s night, camp outside to see the Northern Lights.

    Additional Details

    All the seasons in the West Highlands are different and have charms. Fall is full of color and the deers are roaring on the hillside. Winter brings snowy white hills, roaring fires, and hearty food. Spring is beautiful with the clearest skies and easiest access to the mountains. And summer means long days! While July, August, and September are high season for tourists, Glen Creran generally remains quiet - it's all good!

    If a project needs extra time, we can either extend your VAWAA or (if possible) collaborate remotely using file sharing services for the same daily fees.

    This VAWAA is available for a longer duration. Please ask when you send your booking request.

    While guests of any level or experience are welcome, we recommend having a basic working knowledge of digital audio, use of microphones and familiarity with Reaper DAW to get the most out of your studio session.

    You will also be around a friendly cat.
    Jamie's Availability 5 days