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22 October - 13 November
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Learning Sound for Games with Minecraft

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

A 90-minute workshop on creating sound for games, by embedding the sounds of the local area into a Minecraft world. The aim of this event is to learn about sound for games, by exploring and developing a Minecraft world created by a class of primary school children.

What’s it about?

We are inviting young people to develop a Minecraft world inspired by the local area. This Minecraft world will initially be created by students at Cathedral School of St Peter and St John Primary in Salford during Autumn 2022. Students will work together to build structures which represent their local area, with sounds that can be triggered in different ways. During half-term week, we are inviting other young people and their families to explore this Minecraft world, build their own creations, and add new sounds. Attendees will learn about sound design and recording from a professional sound designer, and explore how sounds can be controlled in a Minecraft world through a combination of simple coding skills and gameplay. Attendees will also be encouraged to listen to, and engage with, the unique sounds of their local area to record them. Such activities can help highlight an awareness of our everyday soundscapes, and how this can inform senses of place, provide connections to local community, and improve wellbeing.

Who’s leading the event?

Adam Hart and Simon Connor, Lecturers in Music Technology, University of Salford.

Open to

Young people under 16 and their families.

Of particular interest to

Young people who want to learn about sound for games. Also, primary and secondary teachers.

Scheduling information

Two identical sessions at 1pm and 3pm (90 minutes each)