Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

An Introduction to Soundscape Composition (In-person)

Price £300 / £270 Students / £250 UCL Students

Location Open City Docs, 4th Floor, 40 Bernard Street, London, WC1N 1LE, Duration 6 Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm UK time, Dates  Feb 28 — Apr 4

This in-person course is for beginners looking to work creatively and develop their skills in field recording to produce their own soundscape composition. We will look at fundamental theoretical and conceptual debates in the area, the basics of field recording, acoustic ecology and soundwalking, how to get started with Reaper and how to creatively compose with environmental recordings. At the end of the course, you will have a collection of your own field recordings to work with in the future and a completed soundscape composition. This course engages with and intersects art, climate change, ecology, soundscape, field recording and musical composition.

  • Participants are required to bring their own headphones and are welcome to bring any field recording equipment if they have any
  • No previous experience is required but some basic audio knowledge would be useful
  • Participants will be expected to complete small listening and practical tasks outside of class


Learning outcomes:

  • Gain confidence using field recording equipment through practical sessions
  • Engage with a new way of listening and working with environmental sounds
  • Gain an understanding of fundamental theory and history of soundscape composition
  • Learn how to use the DAW Reaper
  • Learn useful skills and methodologies in creating an engaging soundscape composition that are transferable and can be used in the context of soundwalks, performances, radio, film, installation and more


Course outline


The following topics are only indicative:

Session 1

Field recording



Session 2

Soundscape Composition

Acoustic Ecology

Session 3

Getting started with Reaper 1

Session 4

Getting started with Reaper 2

Session 5

Soundscape Composition (creative composition)

Session 6

Tutorials and sharing session of final works


This course takes place across 6 Tuesday evenings (28th February to 4th April 2023), from 7 to 9pm.

Booking closes at 12pm on Monday 27th February.

We reserve the right to cancel or postpone this course in case we don’t receive enough bookings.

If you’d like to be notified about this course’s future running dates, please fill in this quick form. If you have any questions about the course, get in touch with

Image: Anyox (Jessica Johnson & Ryan Ermacora, 2022)

Course location: Open City Docs, 4th Floor, 40 Bernard Street, London, WC1N 1LE



Nikki Sheth


Nikki Sheth is an internationally recognised sound artist and composer. Her practice involves field recording, soundscape composition, multimedia installations, sound mapping and soundwalking. She uses sound as a medium to bring a voice to the environment and encourage a wider awareness of the natural world. She has received international recognition for the quality of her field recordings and soundscape compositions. She has been awarded a Sound and Music award, nominated for the Phonurgia Nova Awards, received an Honourable Mention for the Sound of the Year Awards and nominated for Ivor Novello Composer Award in 2021.