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Groundwerk 9.5: Intro to Audio for Artists

Join a discussion and an introductory technical workshop on sound recordings and audio processes.

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Join us for a discussion and an introductory technical workshop on sound recordings and audio processes. In this session, led by artist Ashley Holmes, we will consider different DIY approaches to working with sound and will look at basic skills and tips of working with free open-source audio editing software, Audacity.

Bring along a short recording to share in the session, no more than 30 seconds in length. This might be a voicenote recorded on a smartphone, a sound sampled online, or something else. It would also be great if you could download Audacity in advance of the workshop here:

This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is necessary, as spaces are limited. For this online session, we will be using video calling platform Zoom. It is possible to take part with or without setting up an account, and we will send instructions for joining ahead of the day.

Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This workshop is supported by Arts Council England.


Ashley Holmes is an artist and DJ working in Sheffield across installation, sound, moving image, radio broadcasts and performance. His practice is informed by concepts of property, access and citizenship and explores an interest in archival processes and Black musical practices. In 2019 he started Open Deck, a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen, discuss and document relationships to music and oral histories. He also hosts Tough Matter, a monthly show on NTS Radio.

Image credits:

1. A Free Moment, solo exhibition curated by Christina Gigliotti at FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2020). Image courtesy of the artist & FUTURA

2. AAA, Performance at Two Queens, Leicester, (2018) Image by Peter Martin

3. Cry Then Win Then Lose Reaction, solo exhibition at Two Queens, Leicester (2020) Image by Jules Lister

4. Good To Us, Installation View from group exhibition ‘Survey’ (2019) Image by Rob Harris courtesy of BALTIC & Jerwood Arts

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