Watershed launches three-day Micro-residencies with Real World Studios

Watershed are excited to launch a fully- funded Experimental Audio Camp residential in collaboration with Real World Studios as part of MyWorld.

They are offering ten mid-career audio designers, composers or sound artists who may be working in visual media, film, theatre, live performance, location-based media, VR, the metaverse or similar – a fully-funded place on this exciting residential.

With advances in technologies, music and creative content production Watershed are keen to explore new methods of original music creation, recording and production that provides a new and exciting experience for delivery over spatial audio formats and allow for different modes of engagement and presentation.

Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt, Producer, Watershed
Audio plays a critical role in creating an immersive experience in formats such as virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree videos and of course film. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to see what potential spatial audio has for the future of music production and hence for all of these other media formats. We are looking forward to bringing together a cohort of audio practitioners and supporting this experimentation. What better place to experiment with this than the West of England, home to Real World Studios and a huge network of a diverse range of audio practitioners. This is a perfect storm.
Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt, Watershed Producer

The Experimental Audio Camp borrows its format from the Real World Producer Camp, where musicians and producers spend three days or nights writing and recording together to produce a finished piece of music to be released. They are paired up and supported through a process of making and sharing sessions, with group meals and access to facilities from 10.00 – 22.00.

The Experimental Audio Camp is aimed at combining the successful Producer Camp programme with our wish to push the boundaries of 3D audio. The essence of the camp is creative collaboration, bringing creative mindsets together to produce a work in sound, most likely music based, that explores the sensory world of immersive audio with absolutely no preconceived ideas: a sonic blank canvas.
Mike Large and Tim Oliver, Real World Studios

It will be a chance for participants to take risks with their practice, meet new people, try out new formats, new and old technologies, to listen and learn from those around them in a unique atmosphere away from distractions. Throughout the process they will be supported by Real World engineers, session musicians, external specialists and a team of producers from Watershed and Bath Spa University’s freshly launched Immersive Audio Network.

For more information and how to apply for the three-day micro-residency at Real World Studios via Watershed’s website.

Closing date: Monday 13 March 10.00 am