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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lecture: Jim Metzner - An evening of Sounds

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.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Documentary: Sonic Sea

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: )

Friday, November 16, 2018

Educational: The Global Composition Conference 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

Documentary: Silence

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

Phonography: Wildlife DJ

Wildlife DJ (1:00) Ben Mirin, DJ, uses sounds he records in the wilderness his audio mixing in clubs and other venues. His interest is science, music, and environmental issues. Source: 60sec Documentaries/Facebook.

Soundscape: Designing the Urban Soundscape

Soundscape Design (4:29) Virtual Soundscapes™ give listeners a realistic sense of how a planned facility or project will sound. HMMH has developed recording and playback technology so that listeners can hear what a proposed project will sound like. Using binaural (stereo in-ear microphone) recordings, acoustic models and specialized sound mixing software, Virtual Soundscapes creates realistic synthesized stereo recordings. Source: Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc. YouTube.

Soundwalk: Hildegard Westerkamp

Passeggiando con Hildegard (5:38) A short video document of a soundwalk conducted by Hildegard Westerkamp at the Florence Parco dell'Anconella on June 28th 2010. Source: FKL and Vimeo.

Education: Listening Walk

What Can You Hear? A teacher at Westquarter Primary school in the village of Westquarter, UK., takes children on a listening walk around the school and encourages them to listen to and respond to the soundscape. She asks as simple question, "What can you hear?" Source: YouTube

Soundscape: Quietest Place on Earth

Being Hear (9:56) Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has spent the past 35 years recording natural soundscapes. His work has taken him around the world and into some of the least densely populated places. Source: National Geographic/ YouTube

Monday, September 10, 2018

Soundwalk: Estufa Fria de Lisboa

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

Documentary: Soundscape Ecology

Soundscape Ecology (3:26) NOVA asks: What can sound tell us about the health of an ecosystem? Source: PBS

Documentary: World According to sound

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

Lecture: Dr. Gage Paine —The Sound of Silence

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. 

Lecture: Gordon Hampton - saving silence

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

Discussion: Surrounded by Soundscapes

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

Soundwalk: Durham, NC

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: Soundwalk Collective (USA / DE)

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

Sound walk: Across Cultural Borders

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

Lecture: Francisco López (Madrid 2011)

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.

Interview: Chris Watson and Jana Winderen

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 Snfellsnes Peninsula, home to the Snfellsjökull 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

Interview: Chris Watson “Whispering in the Leaves”

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.

Lecture: Lawrence English - Can We Hear Someone Listening?

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

Sound Recording - Mosquito Identification

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. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Soundscapes by Claude Schryer

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

Lecture: Sam Auinger IVP 2017

Quiet is the New Loud (57 min.) This video documents Sam Auinger’s keynote presentation, at the 2017 Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. S. Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Lecture: Juhani Pallasmaa IVP 2017

Touching the World (1:06) This video documents Juhani Pallasmaa’s keynote presentation, at the 2017 Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place. S. Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Lecture: Hildegard Westerkamp IVP 2017

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

Lecture: Hildegard Westerkamp Presences Electronique 2016

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: Hildegard Westerkamp - VNM 40th

"Für Dich - For You" (3:25) Hildegard Westerkamp discusses her "Für Dich - For You" that was presented on October 17, 2013 at the Vancouver New Music 40th Anniversary Retrospective Festival. Source: YouTube

Soundwalk: Villa il Ventagli Park (Florence)

Soundwalk: Villa il Ventagli Park (4:41) Students of the Professional Institute for the Blind Aurelio Nicolodi (Florence) explore attentive listening to environmental sound. In Italian. Source: YouTube

Interview: Barry Truax - Wrocław University

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

Interview: Barry Truax at SFU

Barry Truax (2:23) Simon Fraser Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology introduction Truax who discusses the soundscape program at SFU.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Documentary: Sons do Arco Ribeirinho Sul

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 

Soundscape: O Rio

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

Phonography: Napoli Soundscape

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

Sound Walk: Wanderings in Orbit

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 National Soundscape. This soundwalk presented as a part of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology 2010 Conference in Koli, Finland, led by Pessi Parviainen and Hildegard Westerkamp. 

Research: Bioacoustics and Listening

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"

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Soundscape: Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay (2:08) by Nerina Penzhorn. "Located on the southwest shore of what used to be Barren Island, Dead Horse Bay’s name dates to the mid-19th century when the area was home to dozens of horse-rendering plants. By the 1920s, most of the plants were gone, and the city had begun the process of connecting Barren Island to the mainland using sand, coal and garbage as landfill. Today the landfill is slowly eroding, releasing 100-year old garbage onto the beach." Best enjoyed with headphones. Source: Vimeo

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Documentary: Listening to a Sense of Place

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.

Interview: Darren Copeland

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

Soundscape Installation: Water Concert

Concierto de agua (water concert) (3:27) by Liliana Gelman

"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.

Phonography: Justin Boyd

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."

Soundwalk: Blindfold listening

Blindfold Listening: "The soundscapes of Luís Antero echoed in the church of the Convent of Portela, in Leiria. To the blindfolded public, the phonographer revealed a forgotten universe in everyday life." Source: Vimeo.

Soundscape Installation: Places/ genius loci

Places/ genius loci (9:00) This work is a part of video/audio/performance installation presented at international art fair ArtVilnius'13. Source: Vimeo.

Soundscape: Vital Organs - City ventilation

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

Soundwalk: Eternal Hell

Eternal Hell (3:36) The bedouins call this vast barren land the Rub’ Al Khali, literally the “Empty Quarter”. This Desert of deserts stretches from the border of Yemen to the mountains of Oman; from the southern coast of the Arabic Peninsula to the Persian Gulf and the border of Nedjd.
The Soundwalk collective went on a 45-day travel across this desert, in search of the singing sands, scanning and recording the infinity of Hertzian frequencies that stretch across the dunes of Rub’ Al Khali. In the least populated area of the world, these sound waves travel from the coasts of Eritrea through Yemen,Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and the Persian coasts. In this empty vastness, one can distinguish millions of voices, from Bedouins on their voyage though the desert, to oil miners, to the sound of communication between cargo ships and trawlers sailing up the Red Sea, to shortwave radio transmissions along the Persian coast, all the way to North East Africa. The Empty Quarter is the crossroads of the Arabic civilization.

Soundwalk: What is a soundwalk?

What is a soundwalk? (3:17) This video, by Amanda Gutierrez, documents soundwalks created during the Summer 2016 by the Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology.

Lecture: R. Murray Schafer WFAE 2011

Keynote Speech (45 min.) R. Murray Schafer's keynote speech at the 2011 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in Corfu, Greece.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Soundscape Installation: Floating Land 2015

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.