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8th School Of Sound

This special media event puts the spotlight on the soundtrack. First held in 1998, it has featured creatives working at the highest levels of media and the arts including Walter Murch, Ren Klyce, Lynne Ramsay, Graham Hartstone, Christina Kubisch, Ken Loach, Carter Burwell, Tom Holman, Lucrecia Martel, Gabriel Yared, Richard Leacock, the Brothers Quay, Manfred Eicher and many others.

This year's program features director Mike Figgis, multi-talented composer and dj Nitin Sawhney, documentary directors Kim Longinotto, Gideon Koppel and Michael Grigsby, and US avant garde filmmaker Phil Solomon.

Three gifted sound designers -- Pat Jackson, Steve Munro and Daniel Deshays -- will explore film sound design in detail. They will be joined by sound artists Akio Suzuki - speaking with composer and writer David Toop - and Hildegard Westerkamp; neurologists Tim Griffiths and Lauren Stewart in discussion with Peter Howell (member of the former BBC Radiophonic Workshop), radio producer Piers Plowright and film educators Roger Crittenden and Stephen Deutsch.

Peter Strickland will reflect on the production of the soundtrack for his first feature, KATALIN VARGA, whose sound team won "Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Sound Design" at the Berlin Film Festival. And Chris Petit, director of RADIO ON and a speaker at the 2005 SOS, will close out the event with a personal perspective on the use of song and music with image.

This is a special opportunity to tune yourself in to how soundtracks are created and, more importantly, how they affect your audience. The SOS has gained a worldwide reputation by raising the profile of creative screen sound production. It now attracts an international audience of leading sound and music practitioners from over twenty-five countries who are drawn to its distinctive program revealing the soundtrack from unexpected perspectives. It is a truly international meeting - the only event of its kind in the world.

Biographies of all the speakers can be found on the website,

Registrations are still being accepted. Contact them to assure your place before sending payment. For information about the program, fees and registering:,, +44 (0)20 7724 6616.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 7:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:00pm