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Douglas Quin Residency – June 2012

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Douglas Quin recording wildlife in Poland

Photo Credit: Stanislaw Strzyzewski
Our first resident for 2012 is eminent field recordist and composer Douglas Quin (USA). For over 20 years, Quin, a specialist in documenting natural soundscapes, has travelled extensively from Antarctic ice to Arctic tundra and from African savannah to Amazon rainforest. His recordings of endangered and disappearing habitats represent one of the most unique and extensive collections anywhere. Also answering to the role of sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator, educator, among other projects, Quin created the sound design and mixed Werner Herzog’s Academy Award® nominated film,Encounters At the End of the World.Quin is primarily in Australia as a Research Fellow for the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) for theAurora Passage project and to perform at the Liquid Architecture Festivalthroughout June and July.Quin is Associate Professor in the Television, Radio and Film Department at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also owns and operates dqmedia, an audio consulting business, which has worked on sound design for films, gaming and exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

During his residency at The WIRED Lab he will present a workshop and a screening ofEncounters At the End of the World, followed by a Q and A.

Thanks for the NFSA, the ANU School of Music, Liquid Architecture and the Australian Acoustic Ecology Forum for supporting and facilitating Quin’s Australian visit.