Conveying Meaning Through Sound

Conveying Meaning Through Sound

Workshop Description

The Cairo International Film Festival, in partnership with the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, are pleased to announce a workshop on sound design and editing that will be led by Dr. Monte Taylor, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Purdue University and Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Egypt.


The medium of sound is unique in the way that it draws upon our experiences to both stimulate our imaginations and to help us make sense of our current reality. In this eight-day workshop, participants will reinforce their knowledge in the areas of sound, acoustics, and digital audio, and learn about various tools and techniques used for editing, mixing, and sound design. These tools and techniques will be used to explore new concepts for working with sound on a deeper artistic level, and how such concepts can be used to enhance one’s creative practice in sound design and editing. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to share, discuss, and receive feedback from their peers on their own work in sound.


Dates: November 16 – 23, 2023

 Application Submission Dates:

Open at 6:00pm Sunday Oct 8, 2023

Closes at 11:59pm Saturday Oct 21, 2023



  • National or residents of Egypt
  • At least 21 years of age at time of application
  • Have at least one credit on a short or feature film as a sound designer
  • Proficient in English


Certificates of Participation:

Participants must commit to attending all portions of the workshop. Certificates of Participation will be issued following completion of the workshop.


Dr. Monte Taylor:

Dr. Monte Taylor (b.1991) is a composer, audio engineer, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Purdue University’s Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.


He is the 2nd place recipient of the 2020 KLANG! International Electroacoustic Composition Competition and a finalist for the American Prize (2020 Orchestral Music Division). His works have been performed in festivals and conferences including Australian Percussion Gathering, Charlotte New Music Festival, Cortona Online Sessions, Electric LaTex Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Florida International Toy Piano Festival, Florida State University Biennial Festival of New Music, Kansas City Art Institute’s ArtSounds, Matera Intermedia Festival, National Student Electronic Music Event, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SCI Regional and National Student Conferences, SEAMUS National Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, SPLICE Institute, TUTTI Festival, USF New Music Festival, UNK New Music Festival, and UTEMS Electro-Acoustic Recital Series, by ensembles including Bent Frequency, Compositum Musicae Novae, Frost Electronic Music Ensemble, Line Upon Line Percussion, Passepartout Duo, [Switch~ Ensemble], and the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.

He holds a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, an M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and a D.M.A in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.