Celebrating Pauline Oliveros, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology

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Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology Volume 16 “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies Part II” cover art by Todd Birdsong (2017)

It is my great pleasure to announce that the latest edition of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology has been released by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Soundscape, Volume 16 is the second of a pair of issues sharing the theme of guest editor Jay Needham, “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies.”  This edition celebrates the life and work of Pauline Oliveros with articles by Edward Shanken, Yolande Harris, Seth Cluett, Tomie Hahn and Stephan Moore. Also included are reviews and commentary by Honna Veerkamp, Maile Colbert and Heather Contant and an extended article on augmented reality audio by Leah Barclay.  My own report touches on various WFAE activities throughout 2017 including affiliate news and endorsed events and conferences. Read more on our announcement and download the PDF.

Ragdale Residency | January 2016

From January 4 through 29, I am at Ragdale for my second artist’s residency. I posted on this blog about my wonderful experience and productive time spent here in 2015.

Here is my invitation to a soundwalk I will lead on January 24, at Ragdale for Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and fellow Ragdale residents, staff, board members, and donors.

Below is a photo album of scenes at Ragdale. I hope soon to add sound recordings.

Ragdale 2016

Sound in the Land – Music and the Environment

My article, “Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening” appears in Section I – The Silence of Stone: Perspectives of Sound of Sound in the Land – Music and the Environment, a special edition of The Conrad Grebel Review. Sound in the Land front & back cover

This book is both interdisciplinary and international, including essays about ecomusicology, soundscape aesthetics, ethnomusicology, silence, science, acoustic ecology, the natural environment, and worship/ritual practices. Leading essays include those by keynote speakers R. Murray Schafer (Canadian composer) and Gus Mills (South African wildlife scientist) as well as ethnomusicologists Maisie Sum, Doreen Klassen and Judith Klassen, and many more.

To order books contact cgreview@uwaterloo.ca

New article published in Leonardo Music Journal 23

Jay Needham and Eric Leonardson performing 'Chronography: animal,' world premiere at the 46th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany. (Photo ©2012 Katharina Szmidt)

Jay Needham and Eric Leonardson performing ‘Chronography: animal,’ world premiere at the 46th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany. (Photo © Katharina Szmidt)

Leonardo Music Journal 23 has published “Instruments of Tension: Gramophones, Springs and the Performance of Place,” an article co-authored with Jay Needham. In it, we describe the process and metaphors of our 2012 performance of “Chronography:animal.” This work is based on Jay’s 2009 field recordings from Antarctica and Herbert Ponting’s 1911 photograph of Chris the dog, with sounds produced on Springboard, gramophone horns, and clock mechanisms. Notions of sound in relation to place and history are explored in this work and the article, available to LMJ and Leonardo subscribers.


My New Role In World Forum for Acoustic Ecology

Following “Crossing Listening Paths,” the 2011 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) Conference on Corfu Island, I became Vice President of the WFAE itself. In late July 2012, I became WFAE President. You can read my reports in the WFAE Quarterly News published online at http://wfae.proscenia.net/newsletter/. To read past issues of the newsletter please visit the News Archives.

You can also read about our efforts on our global network of affiliate organizations, by subscribing to the WFAE’s annual print journal, Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology.

I participated in the founding conference of the WFAE in August, 1993 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and co-wrote an article about it with fellow sound artist, Lou Mallozzi. It was published in the since defunct, New Art Examiner in 1994.

President’s Report on July-August 2012 WFAE Newsletter

My first report as President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology was published in the organization’s online newsletter. Published bi-monthly, the WFAE Newsletter is a supplement to its annual scholarly journal, Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology. Please bookmark and read the newsletter, it is full of resources as well as information about current and upcoming activities in the WFAE. Visit the newsletter archive to learn about the WFAE’s history and recent activities.

Alt_tech: CEC—eContact! 12.3 – Instrument – Interface

Handheld Audio Art Devices, article published in June at http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/12_3/

eContact! is the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s (CEC) online journal of electroacoustics launched in May 1998 as the successor to its print journal, Contact! …published four times a year in French and English. Guest editors have been invited to coordinate one issue per year. Articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries and analyses are featured in the journal, supported by audio and video files. All freely available to the public.

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The May-June WFAE Newsletter is now Online!

On Wednesday the May-June issue of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology’s online newsletter was published with my report about the Sound Megalopolis conference in Mexico City.

The announcement (re-posted)

The May-June WFAE Newsletter
Now online: http://www.wfae.net/newsletter/

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