The workshop was facilitated by Prof Josef Gründler, a sound design expert from the FHJ University of Applied Sciences, Austria.
Sound design is the art and practice of creating sound tracks for a variety of needs. It involves specifying, acquiring or creating auditory elements using audio production techniques and tools. Prof Gründler’s expertise ranges from electronic music and acoustic to sound interaction and interface design. He is a medical doctor by profession as well as an academic with vast knowledge of media and sound design. He presented on the complexity of the human ear and provided valuable insight into the world of the physical processes of sound and how it can be used in various fields of communication, such as advertising.
The students learned how to use Sound Wave and Audacity Sound Applications for editing functions, such as cutting and pasting recordings and controlling the pitch of voices. “The workshop participants were all ears throughout the stimulating presentation and hands-on when applying the new knowledge,” said Alexandra Tjiramanga, an academic in FHS. The students’ recordings of a variety of ambient sounds that can be heard on the NUST campus, as well as voice recordings of their plans for the future can be accessed on the World Sound Map, https://aporee.org/maps/ .