Audio Master Class: Field Recording Techniques

In this workshop as part of our Audio Master Class series presented together with Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), Omid Bürgin’s “Field Recording Techniques” focuses on a very different job market: Making quality recordings on the field. The workshop focuses on political, ethical, ethnomusicological issues as well as the technical aspects involved.

Class 1: Field Recording Techniques

Omid Bürgin
Presencted together with Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) –
Monday, Sep 19, 4:30pm to 6pm (Part 1)
Tuesday, Sep 20, 4:30pm to 6pm (Part 2)

In this workshop, Omid Bürgin talks about his experience in a very different job market: Making quality recordings on the field. The lecture focuses on political, ethical, ethnomusicological issues as well as the technical aspects involved. In the first part of the lecture, working procedures are exposed, such as preliminary research, paper work, and working with federal agencies. The second part focuses on technical setups, especially different microphone techniques involved and how they will translate into a final product.

Omid Bürgin, recording engineer, producer and composer, has recorded Brazilian Indian Tribes, such as the Mehinaku in the Xingu in very remote jungle villages. These recordings have been used for didactical purposes, archives and also for his own compositions. He has appeared at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, integrating the field recordings with his own electronic music compositions. He owns a recording complex in São Paulo, Brazil and teaches regularly on recording techniques and recording studio design at NYU, Manhattan School of Music and other institutions.
Omid Bürgin: Swiss born Recording Engineer, Music Producer and Acoustician operates a very successful Acoustic Firm, Recording Studio and Recording School in Sao Paulo Brazil. His teachings, projects and productions, reflects his many years of Studio Experience in Los Angeles, where he worked as a musical producer, sound engineer, composer and film music production supervisor.

Author of several acoustic designs for medium and large-sized studios, auditoriums and churches, Omid has gained solid credibility in the Music Industry. Constantly updated on the latest market trends and researches, his projects embrace the experience acquired outside Brazil, while being creatively tailored to the Brazilian scenario. Omid has lectured acoustic, audio and music production courses for many world- class schools, such as UCLA Extension, Musician’s Institute (MI – Hollywood), Santa Marcelina and University of Sao Paulo (USP). Today, Omid divides his time between his own Acoustic Design Firm and Recording Studios and his international lectures and workshops at respected Institutions, such as New York University (NYU), Harvestworks, Hamburg University, Tischmeyer, among others. Omid has received many industry awards and commissions along his career, such as Electronic Arts Research Institute (LA) and Freunde der Guten Musik (Berlin) and had compositions performed internationally by the Kronos Quartet. He has participated in many multimedia and multi-cultural events at the Center of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He holds a Master of Composition by the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialty in Ethnomusicology and World Music Traditions.

His workshop were given sucessfully at Harvestworks, NYU, SAE-NY, Tischmeyer- Hamburg among others.

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