An Evening of Sounds, Stories & Surprises with Jim Metzner (1:27) Radio recordist, producer, host and writer Jim Metzner reviewed his more than 40 years of work in the world of radio and recorded sounds. Metzner discussed his many years as an audio documentarian and radio broadcaster, playing many examples of his work, drawing on both his broadcasts and the long form interview and field recordings he draws on to create them. Source: Library of Congress/ YouTube.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Sunday, November 25, 2018
FILM TRAILER: SONIC SEA a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. About: ( http://www.sonicsea.org )
Friday, November 16, 2018
Video presentations from The Global Composition conference held 4-7 October, 2018 on the Media Campus Dieburg, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
TGC 2018 Prelude at Kultur-Bahnhof Langstadt (2:30) A semi-official opening of The Global Composition 2018 on 3 October 2018 at Kultur-Bahnhof Langstadt.
TGC 2018 Welcome! (1:13:57) Welcome talks of The Global Composition include greetings, messages, and info by Prof. Dr. Ralph Stengler (President of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, h_da); Stadtrat Ferdinand Böhm (Magistrat of the City of Dieburg); Prof. Eric Leonardson (President World Forum for Acoustic Ecology); Prof. Sabine Breitsameter (Conference Chair, h_da/DKMI) and others on 4 October 2018.
TGC 2018 "Effects of Noise on Cognitive Performance in Children" (1:10:37) Keynote talk given by Maria Klatte (University of Kaiserslautern/Germany) on 5 October 2018 at Media Campus, Dieburg as a part of The Global Composition 2018 program. Full title of the speech: "Effects of Noise on Cognitive Performance in Children. Evidence from Laboratory and Field Studies."
TGC 2018 Keynote Workshops - "Cats don't just miaou!" (16:37) Keynote workshop run by Ioanna Etmektsoglou (Ionian University, Greece). Full title of the workshop: "Cats don’t just miaou! Exploring Animal Sounds in Soundscape Improvisations. A Tool for Developing Environmental Awareness, Empathy, and Aesthetic Sensitivity." on 5, 6 and 7 October 2018.
Monday, October 29, 2018
In Pursuit of Silence (official trailer) (2;26). This is "a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4'33", In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world." This was a WFAE endorsed crowd funding campaign project. Source: YouTube
Friday, October 19, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
Fauna Sonoscopia (14:40) Participants at last years Lisbon Soa explore the soundscape of the Estufa Fria de Lisboa or “Lisbon Greenhouse". This venue is "one of the most important parks that exist in the city. As a living museum and an ex libris of Lisbon, it is one of the most visited sites in the city, by both students and tourists. Initially thought out as a place to simply shelter various types of plants, it has become one of the most pleasant green spaces in Lisbon, where you can spend a few enjoyable hours between lakes, waterfalls, brooks, statues and hundreds of different plant specimens from all over the world. A place the gives its visitors a sense of tranquility and well being. This Greenhouse is managed by the Lisbon City Council and is divided into three different areas: “The Cold House”; “The Hothouse” and “The Sweet House”."
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Soundscape - the world according to sound (13:45) “The natural world tells unseen stories through sound - all are fascinating but also disturbing. This new science of soundscape ecology is tracking environmental change with small audio recorders and powerful computer processing. Catalyst discovers what we can learn from listening to nature.” Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Science (2016).
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Sound of Silence (10:21). When was the last time you felt silence? The concept of silence may be a distant cousin in our everyday lives. Listen and learn. Dr. Gage Paine extends an invitation for us to open our minds to the power silence has on our psyche. Source: TEDxSanAntonio 2012.
Saving Silence from Extinction (18:45). One day,Gordon Hempton , slept on the grass. A storm fell and he continued asleep in the rain. That was the day he became fascinated with the sounds of nature. For 25 years, his job is to record sounds that people have forgotten to hear. He warns us: silence is becoming extinct. Source: TEDx Amazonia
Surrounded By Soundscapes (1:22:43) Composer Charles Amirkhanian, soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, and film editor and sound designer Walter Murch consider the environmental implications and artistic possibilities of aural landscapes and ambient sounds. Source: BAMPFA
Sound walk with Anna Friz (1:02). As historian Emily Thompson notes, the soundscape is “simultaneously a physical environment and a way of perceiving that environment.” At Moogfest 2016 in Durham, NC, sound artist Anna Friz led this small group as they walked together while listening closely to their surroundings, considering all sounds as phenomena worthy of attention. This excursion asked participants to become mindful and implicated listeners to their sonic environment (or soundscape), whether indoors or out. The 30-minute walk was followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
interview with Soundwalk Collective (15:03) Artistic collective produces site-specific installations. Stephan Crasneanscki (FR), Simone Merli (IT) and Kamran Sadeghi (IR-USA) explain to us what Soundwalk is about. Source: artribunetv
Sonic Mapping of Chinatown (1:34). This workshop was open to participants interested in the sonic territories of Chinatown in the city of Philadelphia. This soundwalk highlighted the collective memory and the symbolic significance of the urban soundscape of the immigrant enclaves. The context of the workshop opened a conversation about the significance practice of walking, minding the concept of the acoustic ecology, taking into consideration the significance of the cultural codes embedded in the soundscape, its oral history as well as the richness of its acoustic territories. The participants were prompted to draw a subjective map, taking in consideration their acoustic experience walking in the space. These maps and personal narratives were created and shared at the end of the soundwalk, taking in consideration important sound landmarks in their itinerary. Source: MEGAPOLIS Festival
Francisco López (Madrid 2011) (2:04) Internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene, Francisco Lopez has developed an astonishing sonic universe over the past 30 years. Having realized hundreds of concerts, field recording projects, workshops and sound installations in over 60 countries, his extensive catalog of sound pieces have been released by over 250 record labels worldwide. Watch him in conversation with Resident Advisor's Todd L. Burns at the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid. Source: Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid.
Chris Watson and Jana Winderen in an interview with Robert Dornhelm (23:50). A discussion about “Snaefellsnes” (2008) a Multi-channel audio work encoded for 47 channel Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. The project was recorded on location in Iceland, this composition, which resonates throughout the structure of The Morning Line, captures the atmosphere, mystery, and elemental forces of the remote Snᴂfellsnes Peninsula, home to the Snᴂfellsjökull volcano. The audience is invited to enter and browse within this unique acoustic landscape, which was recorded in surround sound at the time of the midnight sun, before being drawn up the mountainside into the crater and transported toward the center of the earth. – the artist. Source: TBA21-Academy: A Research Based Creative Initiative
Whispering in the Leaves -- An Interview with Chris Watson (29:40). On the occasion of his installation 'Whispering in the Leaves' at the Sunderland Winter Gardens commissioned for AVFest 2008, Sounding Out , the international academic conference on sound and the moving image, took the opportunity to interview Newcastle based and world-renowned sound recordist, experimental musician and sound artist Chris Watson about his work. Source: Digital Drift.
We Can See Someone Looking, But Can We Hear Someone Listening? (13:20) Composer and artist, Lawrence English is interested in audition, which is the act of perceiving with our ears to extract information from the world around us. Unlike our eyes, our ears have no lids but does this mean we’re always listening and what is this thing called listening anyway - is it merely hearing or is it something more decisive? Most of all he ponders, can we listen to a listener’s listening? Source: TEDxSydney Salon
Monday, June 18, 2018
Mosquito Identification (3:59) A simple recording of a mosquito’s buzz on a cell phone could contribute to a global-scale mosquito tracking map of unprecedented detail. The Prakash Labat Stanford, led by Manu Prakash, assistant professor of bioengineering, is looking for citizen scientists to contribute to Abuzz, a mosquito monitoring platform the lab developed to produce the most detailed global map of mosquito distribution. All that’s required is for as many people as possible to
submit audio recordings of mosquitoes they encounter.
Visit Abuzz: http://abuzz.stanford.edu/
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
9 simplesoundscapes videos A 27-minute video compilation of iteration 2 of simplesoundscapes featuring e74 sky, e20 rumeurs, e38 meter, e09 propelled, e57 ducks, e78 wind, e11 arrival, e77 drum and e01 rumble by sound artist Claude Schryer.
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Practice of Listening in Unsettled Times (1:19) This video documents Hildegard Westerkamp's keynote presentation at the 2017 Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. S. Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Talking Rain (11:48) Hildegard Westrkamp discusses her sound composition techniques in this interview leading up to a presentation of her “Talking Rain” at Presences électronique 2016, Paris.
Interview with Professor Barry Truax (29:52) Led by Robert Losiak, Kamila Staśko-Mazur, Krzysztof Marciniak, and Sławek Wieczorek at the Wrocław University/ Soundscape Resarch Studio 18.06.2014. Source: YouTube
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sons do Arco Ribeirinho Sul (30:47) This video documents the acoustic heritage of an area near the south bank of the Tagus river (Lisbon) that is undergoing redevelopment. The project will have impacts on the whole range of an area called the Arco Ribeirinho Sul, from Fonte da Telha (Almada) to Alcochete, an area that covers six municipalities and is expected to have around half a million inhabitants by 2021. Video by OUT.RA - Associação Cultural in Portuguese
O Rio (11:03) A film by Luis Antero and Tiago Cerveira. The Rui Alvoco crosses a once fertile valley. Today, what exists of this ancient and dynamic reality is only the memory, a collective memory that we will not let die. Through artistic practice, the collection of sounds and images, we contribute to the perpetuation of this memory, in honor of those who have made and continue to make this a valley of pure poetry. Source: Vimeo
Friday, January 12, 2018
Napoli Soundscape (5:30) "Napolisoundscape is a project born in 2013 in the classroom of Electronic Music at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples, inspired by the WSP World SoundScape Project carried out at the end of the 1960 by the Canadian researcher Murray Schafer and other members of the team at Simon Fraser University." Source: YouTube
From Dawn Till Dusk:Wanderings in Orbit (2008) Composed by Pessi Parviainen for the Vancouver Vibrates Festival, which celebrated R.Murray Schafer, the route of this soundwalk orbited Trout Lake in East Vancouver. The lake was surrounded by musicians, who played a composition, which was designed to punctuate and to perhaps blend in with the naturally occurring soundscape.
The Science of Listening (3:01) Bioacoustics is an interdisciplinary field bridging biological and acoustic sciences, which uses sound technologies to record, preserve, and analyse large datasets of animal communications. But it is also a world, made of the meanings created through inter- and intra-species communication.” In this video bioacoustician Mickey Vallee introduces his Theory, Culture & Society Article 'The Science Listening in Bioacoustic Research"
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Listening to a Sense of Place (15:15) "Through the life-story of Canadian pioneer, Billy Proctor, this award-winning documentary explores the meaning of home and what it means to belong. Hear the sounds of Echo Bay, an off-the-grid community along British Columbia’s west coast, and witness a way of life that is disappearing. Follow your ears into the wild." Created by Jennifer Schine and Greg Crompton. Source: Vimeo.
Darren Copeland (3:39) "Darren Copeland is a sound artist and past president of CASE, the Canadian Association of Sound Ecologists. His widely exhibited works include live performance, sound installations, and fixed media compositions. He also curates a wide array of sound events in his role as Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art, a presentation platform for experimental sound artists." Source: Field work
"Our project was to create a concert at the edge of the sea so that we could listen closely to the sounds and rhythms of the water, wind and waves.
Given that our sensory world is shaped by what we hear, and more, that our sense of hearing sets the tone for all our subsequent perceptions, this project was meant to suggest a new perspective from which to hear the sea as a holistic experience.
We placed chairs along the shore in the traditional form of a small auditorium. The sounds of the sea were captured by four microphones, installed at different locations to record different aspects of the motion of the water — the waves at the shore, against the breakwater, the water rushing between the stones, and a general motion of the waves — and to have the sound amplified for about six minutes."
— Liliana Gelman Bienal del fin del mundo, Mar del Plata, Argentina, enero 2015.
Sound and Time (8:39)"Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media at Southwest School of Art, shares his connection with sound and how he uses it to create original works of art. Inspired by his sensitivity to sound at a very young age, Boyd has been recording and working with sound and music since the mid 90s. Boyd actively captures field recordings for integration of sound with found objects."
Vital Organs (27:12). "This photo-phonographic work combines the unnoticed but ever-present sounds and images that map out contemporary urban space. It is a study of the resources – mechanised circulation (pump and fan) and regulation (filtration, heating and cooling) of air and water – needed to support large numbers of humans within shared accommodation across sustained periods of time." Source: Vimeo
Friday, January 5, 2018
WIRA: Floating Land 2015 (5:37) WIRA is an interactive sound installation that reimagines the world beneath the surface of the Noosa River for Floating Land 2015 at the Noosa Regional Gallery in Queensland, Australia.
WIRA can be experienced by walking along the river with a smart phone and listening to content that is geotagged from Noosa Regional Gallery to the river mouth. As you walk along the river bank, the sounds of the Noosa River system are layered with sonic art, stories and soundscapes from Floating Land over the last ten years.
The theme of Floating Land 2015 is Reflect & Re-imagine. This theme provides an opportunity to pause and reconnect with the grassroots beginnings of this event, exploring the connection between art, the environment and the local community. Now in its 8th iteration, Floating Land is an international event celebrating art and the environment. In 2015 Floating Land will celebrate artworks, artists and locations involved in previous Floating Land events. Source Vimeo.