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Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th October, 2017


Image Credit: M Vanderveer/OEH

The Wired Lab presents leading field recordists and sound artists Chris Watson (UK) and David Burraston as part of The Wild Lab 2017 in the Kosciuszko National Park wilderness area.

This four-day intensive field recording masterclass explores audio documentation in a range of natural habitats via various recording techniques and technologies, through to the application of these sounds in fields spanning the arts, film/screen, environmental sciences, gaming, VR, music and sound design.


 Masterclass participants will develop and hone skills in the areas of:

  • Field recording in a range of environments, from caves to the various bush, plain and alpine habitats within Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Technical operation of various location recording equipment in day and night time conditions.
  • Microphone techniques with contact microphones, hydrophones and parabolic reflectors.
  • Acoustic monitoring techniques for environmental science research.
  • Spatial audio recording techniques with spaced stereo microphones, surround sound arrays. Along with Ambisonic techniques using Soundfield ST450’s, Schoeps double mid-side arrays and Sennheiser mid-side systems.
  • Decoding techniques.
  • Exploration and demonstration of surround sound playback and multi-channel systems

Throughout the Masterclass there will be evening presentations, equipment demonstrations, listening sessions and critical analysis of the sounds collected and techniques explored.

Entry price includes transfers to/from Wagga Wagga, accommodation and all meals, (catering can be provided to certain dietary requirements (eg. Gluten Free, Vegetarian).

Each day we will explore the Kosciusko National Park and surrounds including:

  • Exclusive access to the network of caves within the Yarrangobilly precinct.
  • Exploring the wilderness of Kosciusko National Park via guided hiking excursions.
  • Informal opportunities to connect, network and relax, and learn informally from workshop facilitators and other participants.

Our base ‘camp’ is in the comfort of Yarrangobilly Caves 1917 Housea beautiful heritage listed building. Participants will have use of the entire lodge, with either shared or single rooms available.


Anyone curious about or actively engaged in sound and field recording, spanning the arts, film/screen, environmental sciences, gaming, VR, music and sound design industries.

Previous experience or study in these fields is desirable. This Masterclass is not a workshop for beginners.

Up to 15 places are available.

Working and hiking outdoors in various conditions requires participants to have a good level of fitness.

If you’re interested in attending and have access needs please contact The Wired Lab. While access issues can be addressed in many cases, alternative activities may need to be arranged in some instances.


Wednesday 25th October – Sunday 29th October, 2017.

Throughout the Masterclass The Wired Lab will have 4WD’s to transport participants.

If participants are catching public transport (train or plane) they will be picked up in Wagga Wagga at 12 noon on Wednesday 25th October and taken to the ‘Wild Lab’ base camp in the Yarrangobilly Caves precinct.

It is highly recommended that participants arrive in Wagga Wagga the previous day or early morning on the 25th October to ensure timely pick up on Day 1 so we can commence the Masterclass at Yarrongobilly in the afternoon. The Wired Lab can provide accommodation recommendations in Wagga Wagga.

Participants returning via Wagga Wagga will leave the Yarrangobilly Caves precinct from 12 noon on Sunday 29th October. From Yarrangobilly to Wagga Wagga it is a 2-hour drive.

If you plan to drive, ensure you have a vehicle capable of negotiating the Snowy Mountains Highway and dirt roads. 2WD is acceptable but 4WD is preferable. The track in and out of Yarrangobilly Caves includes 6kms of steep and winding dirt road. The National Parks recommended that all vehicles carry snow chains from June – October. 

NOTE: Chris Watson (UK) will also be providing an exclusive Australian performance at our Wired Open Day Festival, Saturday 21st October.


From $1,800 – $2,400 AUD (GST inclusive)

Up to 15 places available.

The cost includes:

  • Transfers to/from Wagga Wagga;
  • Accommodation and site access fees (at Yarrangobilly Caves House), all rooms have their own bathroom facilities;
  • Workshop tuition;
  • Meals (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and a daytime snack). Dietary needs such as Vegetarian and gluten free can be catered for on request.

Not included in the cost:

  • Your personal and equipment insurance;
  • Travel and accommodation costs to get to/from Wagga Wagga;
  • Alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks (The Wired Lab has sponsorship arrangements with local beer/wine companies which will be available for purchase). UV treated drinking water is available on-site for free;
  • Any additional snacks or food for highly specialised diets that we cannot cater for.

Accommodation recommendations for Wagga Wagga can be provided at time of booking.

Shared accommodation
A $600 discount is available to participants who choose to be accommodated in twin share rooms. (total fee $1,800). Once you note this on your EOI we will liaise with you to match participants into shared accommodation.

Single accommodation
If you prefer your own room, these are limited in number and will be provided on a first in first served basis. Cost is $2,400.

Disability access
The NPWS has graded Yarrangobilly Caves House 1917 as level – hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. Caves House 1917 has 1 wheelchair-accessible King suite. On your EOI please note your need for this room.

Letters of Support
The Wired Lab is happy to provide letters of support for people applying for funds to attend the workshop. Please allow reasonable notice for these requests.

To apply for a place please complete the EOI HERE.

The  EOI process is not based on merit criteria, it is primarily so we can appropriately allocate rooms Yarrangobilly Caves House.

PLEASE NOTE: After the EOI process and room allocations a $500 AUD non-refundable booking fee applies to secure a place in the workshop.


Recording equipment

Bring any audio recording equipment you use in your own field of work.

It is essential that you pack for all situations and weather, while it can be warm in October, snow is still possible in the park at this time of year.

Please include:

  • Good walking/hiking boots, preferably waterproof;
  • Waterproof backpack;
  • Waterproof clothing and hiking gear;
  • Long pants and long sleeves tops for times you might need sun/mosquito protection and/or be walking through long grass;
  • Water bottle;
  • Mosquito repellent, sunscreen and a hat;
  • Nicotine patches, if you smoke; (Please note: There is no smoking permitted inside the National Park)
  • Any medication such as hay fever/allergy medication or necessary prescription medication. Please notify The Wired Lab if you have any severe allergies.

We highly recommend you visit the NSW Bushwalking Association website for more advice on being prepared.

If travelling from overseas it is essential you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to attending the Masterclass. Please ensure it provides adequate cover for both you personally and for any equipment you may be bringing with you.

The Wired Lab will not hold insurance for your equipment and gear. It is the participant’s responsibility to take out such insurances.


CHRIS is one of the world’s leading sound recordists specialising in wildlife and natural phenomena. He was a founding member of the seminal musical group Cabaret Voltaire, and Watson’s work as a wildlife sound recordist has covered television documentaries and experimental musical collaborations. Chris has forged a reputation as a pioneer of natural sound recording and production, working closely with David Attenborough on Frozen Planet, The Life of Mammals, The Life of Birds, Life in the Undergrowth, Galapagos and others, winning a BAFTA for his work on The Life of Birds. His TV credits include Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Big Cat Diary. In 2012 the Broadcasting Press Guild named Chris “Radio Broadcaster of the Year”. In 2013 Chris won the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award, and he recently collaborated with Björk on the soundtrack to her 2015 MoMA retrospective in New York.

Chris has released four solo albums of field recordings, including “Stepping into the Dark” which won an Award of Distinction at the 2000 Prix Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and has collaborated with Mika Vainio, Philip Jeck, Hazard, Fennesz, AER (Jon Wozencroft, aka “Alpha Echo Romeo”), and Biosphere, BJNilsen, and Marcus Davidson.


DAVID is an artist and scientist who has been involved in audio-visual technology and electronic arts of sound since the late 70s. He has worked with collaborators such as the ALIVE (Artificial Life Interactive Video Environment) project from MIT Media Lab, and many artists including Aphex Twin, Garry Bradbury, Alan Lamb, and Chris Mann. David has given a number of guest lectures at Universities and international conferences. In 2008 he became a member of the ARC funded initiative COSNET (Complex Open Systems Research Network). He is a founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute.

Dave’s music has been released to critical acclaim on labels such as: Entr’acte, The Wire Magazine, Alku, Important Records/Cassauna, Taiga, Computer Club, Gamma Mine, .Meds, Cataclyst, Engraved Glass, Tochnit Aleph, Beta Bodega Coalition, Sevcom Edition

In 2017 David was awarded a prestigious Regional Artist Fellowship from Create NSW. The fellowship included collaborations with Chris Watson, Douglas Quin (USA) and residencies in EMS Stockholm, MOOG studios, Roland, Hull (UK) and Syracuse (USA) Universities.



To apply for a place please complete the EOI HERE.

The  EOI process is not based on merit criteria, it is primarily so we can appropriately allocate rooms in Yarrangobilly Caves House and appropriately adapt workshop content.

PLEASE NOTE: After the EOI process and room allocations a $500 AUD non-refundable booking fee applies to secure a place in the workshop.


Anna Schoo | anna [@] wiredlab.org             OR               Sarah Last | sarah [@] wiredlab.org


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