A growing number of people in the sound community are already stepping up to help share knowledge, insights and socialize in live online events - but getting an overview of what's happening is tricky, so to help with that, we're launching the Sound Events initiative. Here's what it's all about:
• Igniter Live webinar on Wwise • Time: Friday, 2PM EST (19:00 BST) • Twitch Link
• Virtual Audio Conference – The Void Time: Ongoing. Browser Link • Discord Join Server Link
• Game Audio Collective Chit Chat with Paul Weir: Time: Mar 27, 2020 02:00 PM London. Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 883 108 288.
It’s quite simple: If you have some knowledge to share about game audio, film sound, audio post – or another area related to sound you know a lot about that you feel like sharing – well, by all means, please do.
So if you’re holding a live online class, Q&A, a social sound meetup or similar event to share knowledge and insights – or just to socialize & talk shop online – with others in the community, please share the details, and we’ll do what we can to help get the word out about it.
If you’re someone who’d like to stay updated on events like those just mentioned, we’re setting up a mailing list and overview on these pages too, to keep you informed of what’s happening so you won’t be missing out.
Please share the details about your event below, and we’ll help get the word out – please fill out the following details and click Submit Event.
You’re also welcome to share info using the form below if you know about someone else holding an event.
We’ll be listing upcoming events on this page, and adding them to the Audio Events Calendar too.
If you want to be notified via email, you can subscribe below to hear about Sound Events so you don’t miss out. You can of course unsubscribe anytime:
I’m George Vlad and I normally write about field recording. I’ve been working from home (and from remote places in the field) for more than a decade. I could say I was socially isolating before it was the norm! While this has its advantages and drawbacks, there are some downsides that are very important to anticipate.
As humans, we are social animals. We crave contact, meaningful interaction and validation. This goes out the window when you’re stuck at home for weeks or months. Social media, counter-intuitively, can only exacerbate loneliness and isolation. This effect is compounded when you’re blasted with bad news every second. To make a long story short, these emotions are difficult to identify and to see when they appear, but their effects are deep and lasting. These aren’t lessons you want to learn the hard way.
This is a very real call to action. Ask yourself, what can you do for your friends and colleagues?
We live in weird and surreal times. Some of our colleagues have never had to work from home. Others are seeing projects dry up for the foreseeable future. It’s our responsibility to do anything within our means to help. And I’m not stating this as a generic and abstract concept. This is a very real call to action. Ask yourself, what can you do for your friends and colleagues?
I went through that thought process over the past few weeks. I started by offering to hold 30-minute video calls in which I discuss a variety of subjects with whoever wants to join me. I can offer advice and feedback on field recording, game audio, expeditions and related topics. I’m happy to see the great response I received and I’m also a bit overwhelmed by the number of people contacting me.
It’s your turn now. Is there a particular discipline you’re good at? Do you have insight into something that others don’t? You can start by being generous with others and sharing your knowledge. It’s easier than ever to hold conference calls, and there’s no shortage of places where you can find people who need it.
Do you have suggestions or additions? Feel free to comment below. Stay safe and be strong.
Need to set up a course or online community event? Here’s a great overview of resources that’ll help you run virtual classes and courses. There’s also an excellent guide by Willy McCarter on how to run classes with the Zoom video conferencing platform here
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