Sound and Literature Workshop in the Department of the University of Hyderabad
During the beginning of January 2020 we stepped into the audio-visual studio of the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad. Together with the MA Communication students, mostly from the first year, we have exchanged different methods of recording, assembling and text and sound for creative purposes. Given that our visit in the city was initiated with the occasion of the Hyderabad Literary Festival, to which we have also invited the students to join, we focused the workshop on reassembling text and images enhanced by literature.
We have experienced together something which we called: making a text yours which practically implies different creative processes to turn text into sound and the other way around.
On the last day of the workshop we gathered in the studio of Bol Hyderabad, the campus community radio station of University of Hyderabad where we have broadcasted live for an hour. Live and in a semi structured format students could share fresh impressions on listening, using sound for communication and the importance of community media in their practice and learning. They presented their pieces, introduced themselves using their various mother tongues which definitely got closer to a desired situation for us: a radio instance where different identities come together to freely express their most recent states of minds through literature and sound making.
A few days later, with some of the students we continued our journey through the state of Telangana to collect voice accounts, stories and oral histories on locality, migration, labour from people who would normally not reach a literary festival.
Most of the students, attracted by live radio production, became Radio Mischpoke members and active participants during the three days of the festival combing their knowledge, spontaneity, curiosity and biography into making five hours of radio every day from the Vidyaranya High School where the Hyderabad Literary Festival was held this year.
Their works were available on a listening station near the radio lobby in the high school. People could listen to the sound pieces and directly give their response to the authors of the works. One audience member, an english teacher, shared his opinion over the radio.
English teacher speaking about student’s works in the mobile radio situation
Special thanks to: Dr. Janardhan Rao Cheeli, Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Dr. Usha Raman, Professor Kanchan K. Malik and Naveen Sen.
The works of the Radio Mischpoke members during the workshop
Ananya Baruah: Fading
Ananya Mukhopadhyay: I rise
Nimisha S.Pradeep: The solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth
Rajam Sri Rohith: Lyrical Game
Satyam Sharma: Serenity
Treesa Reena: Join the colour purple
Shruti Maithani: Beauty by choice
Experimental Radio as a method of self-expression and biographical rearrangement
Workshop for the students of The Department of Communication at the University of Hyderabad
During our stay in Hyderabad, we invite students into a few working days when we all exchange various methods of identity expression through literature, spoken or sung word, different use of language with which we implicitly experiment together various forms of working with sound. Practical knowledge such as different methods of recording, use of recordings, cutting and mixing sounds would be central to the activities and no prior knowledge required. The results to the workshop would broadcast at BOL Hyderabad, via Radio Mischpoke. For the festival, students who participated in the workshop, are invited to join us to sonify the inner and outer life by recording and cutting and actively participating in the daily program meant to create a wider reach-out for the ideas and texts presented in the festival. Students who have an interest in any kind of journalism and communication sciences, are invited to join this workshop exchange program by interest and without having any previous mandatory knowledge. The workshop’s main aim is to underline the usage of communication in art, art as communication and art as free self-expression and to widen the horizon for creative approaches of media usage.
Results of the workshop with students in 2017
This is an assignment done in 2017 together with students of the The Department of Communication at the University of Hyderabad . During this two days workshop, students have been working on a sonic and visual representation of their identities using an image of their preference and a piece of literature that they felt it resonated with their present moment.