A Field Recording Workshop: Exploring the Soundscape of Parrsboro

A 3-HOUR Hands-on SOUNDSCAPE Workshop 


WHEN:  Wednesday 2 August  from 1-4pm  

WHERE:   At Main & Station and around town.  To meet at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0

skotdeck1INSTRUCTOR: Scott Smallwood  is an associate professor of music composition at the University of Alberta, where he works in areas of soundscape studies and acoustic ecology. Much of his artistic work includes a regular practice of field recording and he has led field recording workshops in Colombia, the US and Canada, and also incorporates it into much of his teaching at the university.

To learn more about Nonesuch Artist in Residence Scott Smallwood, what he is doing here, with whom, and why, please see here https://hmsnonesuch.com/2016/06/21/a-nonesuch-collaborative-residency-lancaster-waldron-smallwood/ and visit his website http://www.scott-smallwood.com

This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of sonic photography and soundscape composition through listening exercises, sound walking, and field recording. In the three-hour period, participants will learn how to use digital recorders to capture local soundscapes, and be introduced to ideas about interpreting soundscapes through artistic processes.

This workshop will also facilitate an awareness of the local Parrsboro soundscape and its history, and changes to soundscapes in general as we and our technologies continue to evolve.


The objectives of this workshop are:

  • To introduce participants to deep listening concepts and an understanding of soundscape
  • To introduce the basics of field recording
  • To allow participants to make and share their own field recordings


The workshop is open to anyone who is interested. No special skills are required.

There will be a field recording component that involves walking around town.  Please wear suitable shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather.  In the case of heavy rain, the workshop will be rescheduled to Thursday or Friday depending upon participants availability.

If you have your own digital recording device, please bring it.  The workshop will be of most benefit to those who can bring some kind of digital recording device but there will also be a few recorders to loan.

If you have any questions, email us at fun@hmsnonesuch.com


If you will be coming from out of town, please let us know if you need any help or information, such as with directions or accommodations.


Cost/Participant – $25 + tax = $28.75

To register, please fill in the form below and send your payment to reserve your place, or send an email to fun@hmsnonesuch.com, or call 514-979-3978.  An email will be sent to confirm your registration and receipt of your payment.  If you do not receive confirmation within 5 days, please contact us.


If you wish to pay by credit card, select PayPal when you register and we will email you a PayPal invoice.

Pay the easy way with an Interac e-Transfer: simply go to your online bank and send a transfer to fun@hmsnonesuch.com.

If you wish to pay by cheque or cash, stop in and see us or mail it to Main & Station, 168 Main Street, PO Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0

Please be sure to fill in the registration form above so that we can reserve your place immediately.

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