Stadtnatur | Sample Fest

We do not encounter nature more often than in our own neighborhood: large-scale parks, re-naturalised industrial plants, mighty street trees, species-rich backyards, community gardens and the sound of singing birds meet us almost every day in the city. Although it’s constantly present, nature in a city often goes unnoticed. But when we do recognize it, we enjoy it as a beautiful surprise. Like other hidden gems in a city, nature deserves to be celebrated and explored! And that’s what the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Natural History Museum Berlin) is now doing: the museum team has launched the project Stadtnatur entdecken. And to celebrate urban nature they teamed up with RE:VIVE and dBs Music Berlin for a special sampling workshop.

On April 8, 2017 participants are invited to the prestigious Museum für Naturkunde Berlin for an all day sampling workshop. Attendees will be given unbridled access to the Museum’s massive animal sound archive featuring thousands of unique recordings. The challenge will be to make a new track using only these sounds, providing a new backdrop for the natural beauty contained within Berlin’s concrete jungle.

The workshop will challenge producers of all levels to be critical listeners and adept sound designers. Working within limitations and concepts is a difficult exercise and at this special extended workshop you can expect to grow and learn more about yourself as a producer and learn a bit about nature!

The workshop will be guided by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative, an initiative that connects electronic musicians with sound archives and dBs Music Berlin, an internationally recognised institution of music production education. The school will provide attendees with an intensive lecture and production course on sampling and sound design. You will learn how to enrich and differentiate your production style; growing your knowledge and confidence to look farther than presets and conventional sounds.

To get some inspiration and context, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin will provide a special guided tour of the museum and give background info on the new Stadtnatur App.

Space for the workshop is limited. Therefore we ask that you apply via this form. The deadline for applications is April 3 and your position will be confirmed by April 5.

Where: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany
When: Saturday April 8, 2017 10:30 – 17:00
Cost: Free but space is limited apply here.

Food and drinks will be provided.

The Project Stadtnatur entdecken is founded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.