Sound Art & Field Recordings Summer Camp, El Polell 2020





Audiotalaia Summer Camp is a workshop, a residency and a collective experience centred around creativity, sound and technology. The meeting looks after shaping a creative practice focused on sound and driven by a collective workflow.

The Summer Camp joins every summer since 2016, young and creative people involved in the fields of fine arts, music, design, architecture, photography, filmmaking, anthropology, media studies, etc. 

The goal is to assemble a group of unique and diverse individuals that aim to integrate sound into their personal creative processes, from a wide variety of disciplines, cultures and backgrounds.

Audiotalaia Summer Camp is a creative meeting in which the sound, the technology and the landscape are being approached in several creative processes along nine days. 

The whole program has been designed to focus attention and efforts on the practical aspect of a learning process. Theoretical and conceptual side of the artistic practice will be spread across feedback sessions, open debates and daily workflow. 

The stay is divided in two main stages: the first is focused on building a collaborative framework through tutored and daily projects tackling various formats within the sound art practice with a strong focus on process, feedback and collective debate. 

The second part of the camp focuses on development of a series of projects in which participants will have to collectively shape installations, concerts and performances that will be presented during a final event open to local audiences and general public.

All activities during the camp will revolve around aspects such as listening experiences, composition, field recordings, installation, sound sculptures, site-specific interventions, live performances among others.

Summer camp is a collective and living together experience. This means that participants will share various rooms with bunks or beds and common spaces. The creative and experimental tasks are combined with several daily routines in which the group will work as a team. This stay is a process of immersion and intensive work: a week to work, learn and share collectively.

Audiotalaia Summer Camp is an initiative lead by musician, producer and sound artist Edu Comelles with the help and support of Alberg Rural El Polell.


The full program and schedule of activities will be issued in detail once the participants have been selected. The Summer Camp is divided in two main parts: 

The first part of the camp will be focused on training our collective skills through a series of daily activities or projects. Every morning a theme and a format will be stablished and 5 different groups will have to work towards a final presentation happening at night. Each collective process will be tutored and status meetings will allow for collective feedback and debate.

The second stage of the Summer Camp will be dedicated to development, production and rehearsing of the final presentations taking place the last evening of the Camp. During this last days, the participants must create, plan and finish a work done collectively. 

During the entire camp different materials, human and technical resources will be provided in order to deliver the works, and also to get them ready to be shown to the public. Extensive monitoring, guidance and tutoring will take place on all stages by groups and the tutor. 

The organisation, over the years, have been stashing a wide variety of materials at the disposal of the participants. Those range from studio monitor speakers, a PA System with subwoofer, a range of wireless speakers, microphones, portable recorders, headphones among other audio gear.

Within all the above, specific times will be established to present personal projects, show ideas, organise improv sessions. Also, during the first day a DiY Microphone Workshop will provide participants with a handy microphone kit (Contact and Binaural Microphones).


El Polell is a Rural cottage house lost in the heart of El Montseny a Natural Reserve, 40 minutes away from Barcelona vibrant city center. Despite its geography proximity the house is completely isolated and surrounded by staggering nature. The building has three main bedrooms, living room and industrial kitchen plus a studio / classroom and a front-yard perfect to stay and work outdoors in the shade of the summer.

This 9 days stay at the Audiotalaia Summer Camp implies a certain level of commitment from the participants. Each of the 15 selected individuals will be split in teams and each of them will have assigned daily tasks. Those include, cooking, tidying up the house and cleaning. The tasks will be given through a schedule that will establish a proportional amount of work for each of the 3 groups. 

The participation includes the acceptance for part of the participants to collaborate daily with the basic tasks described above and the compromise to live together in a shared experience.


The Camp aims to gather young talented people from all over the world interested on sound and its creative possibilities. We are looking for individuals aiming to share and work collectively. 

We are looking after fine arts, media studies students, visual or sound artists, musicians, performers, photographers, architects, anthropologists, documentarists, filmmakers, video artists, designers or just people interested on using sound in their creative processes. We are strongly encouraging people involved in sensory ethnography, anthropology or geography, as well as architects or students of architecture engaged on the study of landscape from an open perspective.

Common language in the Summer Camp is English. A good level of spoken English is required to attend the camp and interact in all activities. 


Each selected participant will have to deposit 450€ through Bank Transfer (IBAN / SWIFT), or via Western Union or similar (we do not accept Paypal transfers). Payment must be done within a month of the announcement of the selection. After Mid-June we will be able to refund the fee in case of drop out. Only in special circumstances we will fully refund beyond June.

The amount covers for all daily expenses, accommodation and access to all activities at the Summer Camp including the materials for the Microphone Workshop and all basic needs. 


Over the years a number of ex-summercampers have arranged by themselves financial support from public institutions, local governments, etc.. covering travel and registration fees. We strongly recommend to look after this kind of financing. 

The organisation of the summer camp will help in any way possible to do so, by signing letters of invitation or acceptance and submitting required documentation. 


Each of the participants will have to travel by their own to Sant Celoni (Barcelona) where a meeting point will be established and transportation will be provided by the organisation to El Polell.

Once selected, the Audiotalaia Team will instruct you and advise on how to get to the camp and what are your best combinations available.


The registration to the Summer Camp has two main steps: First each individual will have to fill the online form linked below. The Open Call form will provide us with background information on you.  You will have to send a short motivation letter and minor information on your background and interests. Application will be open from February 26th until April 1st.

On the second stage we will carefully read and evaluate your candidacy in order to determine if you fit the profile. Once we close the open call we will select and announce the best candidates to be part of the Summer Camp. That will happen 2-3 days after closing the Open Call.

Notification via email will be sent to all applicants and the selected ones. Further instructions to the chosen ones will be sent at that stage. 


El Polell can host up to 15 participants at each facility. This means that once the registration of the applicants is done, 15 individuals will be selected and a list of pre-selected will be kept just in case there are last minute drops.


Check out what happened on the two previous editions of the Audiotalaia Summer Camp: 

2016 / Addend / Montsant 

2017 / El Polell / Montseny

2018 / El Polell / Montseny 

2018 / El Polell / Montseny

2019 / Ur Tanta / Navarra

Or contact us at: / +34 650691748


Open Call for Submissions
Open from February 26th until April 1st. 

Selection / Announcement
Between the 3rd and the 5th of April.

Between April 3rd and May 1st. 

Final Arrangements
Two weeks prior to the camp.

Summer Camp 2020 / El Polell
Between the 10th and the 19th of July.