The found sound and recording methodology explored the ways in which sound shapes and is shaped by our understandings of mnemonic and our acoustic environments. Sound has strong affinities with the most abstract social realities, it has historical and political dimensions. Jacques Attali in Noise and Politics, suggests that music, like economics and politics, is fundamentally a matter of organizing dissonance and subversion but that it moves faster than economics and politics and hence prefigures new social relations (2006). In this project in particular found sound was the one vehicle that could travel and connect spaces, contexts, generations, recollections, research and artistic productions.
The purpose of the methodology of found sound and recording was to explore and inspire the possibilities and larger potentials of becoming active agents in shaping the sounds and noises of spaces we live in. The workshops encouraged reflection on how we listen to our surroundings and familiar sounds, reflection on power and politics of noise and challenged entrenched ways of thinking that sound and music cannot change and challenge our societies.
Organization of sound can also be a tool for the consolidation of activism and community. Sounds produced together with the youth (in workshops) itself will become an instrument of transformation and transmission between different times and spaces. Through music and sound production we attempt to invoke the entry to emanate in lived experiences of young people in Kosovo and Rwanda.
The workshops were designed to give participants space to shape the process from the beginning, in training, recording, and reflecting on the material that we produced and thereby shape the conception of the workshop as a site for plural participation and joint performance.
We aimed to teach students skills on how sound is created, exploring different areas of sonic studies acoustic, audiology, psychoacoustic communication and sound design. Workshop – for instance in Hertica or Dodona Theatre – offered students a hands-on, improvisational approach to sound production, recording and the process of putting these sounds together in a musical and conceptual sense – mixing and performing being the end product.