School of Music, University of Victoria
The workshop will gather established audio engineer-scholars, students and young graduates, music producers and studio professionals, artists and industry partners to build a community that engages in a critical dialogue on overcoming gender-, race- and class-based discrimination and inequalities in the field of music production and audio engineering. Expanding upon a pilot research workshop held in 2020, AUDIO+ represents the first formal integrative learning event of its kind in Western Canada.
Mentoring and professional development
AUDIO+ provides mentoring in audio research for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from the University of Victoria (UVic), University of Lethbridge (ULeth), and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). Students will have the opportunity to present their contributions in previous research, participate in roundtable discussions, and build their own electronic device in a DIY electronic session. Students will also be trained in the areas of workshop organization, video editing and digital literacies.
Equity, diversity and inclusion
AUDIO+ aims at increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in the field of audio that is, at present, extremely gendered, with recent studies indicating that women comprise 2-6% of working professionals. The field of audio has also been slow to expand its worldview, and there are limited opportunities to disseminate research on studio practices that are not centered on the global North. By hosting this workshop we seek to give voice to those underrepresented and marginalized groups, and further, encourage them to disseminate their knowledge and experience to increase awareness, equity and diversity within the field of audio.
AUDIO+ is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).