STEIM & Geluid van Nederland workshop series: Composing Audiotours with Arnoud Traa

January 19th, 2013 10:00 am until January 26th, 2013
STEIM, Achtergracht 19 1017WL, Amsterdam STEIM, Achtergracht 19 1017WL, Amsterdam

Advanced registration is required for this workshop, the online registration form is available here

STEIM, in partnership with the Geluid van Nederland project, presents a series of workshops addressing the creation, consumption, and reappropriation of sound material through the practice of field recording.

The Geluid van Nederland website contains an archive of geocoded field recordings already collected as part of the Geluid van Nederland project. We encourage participants to add their own recordings from the workshop to this archive, and also to use recordings from the archive as part of their projects. The entire Geluid van Nederland archive is open for free creative use and will remain sustainably preserved as it grows.

In this third workshop of the series, sound designer and founder of de Auditieve Dienst, Arnoud Traa, will lead participants in the composition of audiotours. Audiotours are site-specific soundscapes that tell a unique perspective of a place.

Within the workshop everyone will develop a concept for their own audiotour (having a starting idea in advance is highly recommended!). From there we will compose our audiotours.

The workshop will take place over two sessions a week apart. The first session will be on 19 January. After this each participant will have a week to create a 5-10 minute audiotour, which is composed for a route or space in the same environment. The group will then reconvene on 26 January to collectively reflect upon the recordings. The audiotours and source recordings will be shared on soudcloud in the ‘Het Geluid van Nederland’-archive and sustainably preserved.

Musicians, sound designers and conceptual artists are all ideal candidates to join the workshop!


Dates: Session1: 19 January. Session2: 26 January
Time: 10-18h each day
Cost: €35 (includes both days)
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19 1017WL Amsterdam



For the workshop it is essential that every participant bring a laptop or iPad for sound composition. As well as a pair of headphones.

We also ask that participants bring field recording equipment (i.e. microphone(s) with wind protection and a portable recorder). If you do not have access to portable recording equipment it is possible for us to provide equipment for a very limited number of participants. If you need to borrow equipment you must let us know no later than December 15 (contact knock[at]steim[dot]nl)


Arnoud Traa (1977) is a Sound artist and designer living in Amsterdam. His main interests are vanished sounds and musical common sounds. He works on film drama and documentary and has has been designing audiotours since 2003. The theatrical audiotour Niemandsland by Dries Verhoeven, for which Arnoud was the sound designer, has won the VSC Mimeprijs and will be going to reprise this fall.