The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) is pleased to announce that its first online Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 22:00 UK time / UTC 21:00 on 23 April, 2021 during BEAST FEaST 2021: Recalibration, a festival of phonography and sonic art with a focus on our changing global soundscape in pandemic.
Please register for access to the Zoom meeting at https://adelaide.zoom.us/.../tZYsf-igrj4oGdK9y8DwI...
We invite all WFAE Individual members, Affiliate Organization members and their representatives, and Associated Organizations to participate.
We are honored to be partners with BEAST FEaST and UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC), our UK/Ireland affiliate. This international event will provide our membership and leadership of our Affiliate Organizations an opportunity to learn and inform one another of ongoing efforts, recent achievements and future planning.
The festival takes place online in partnership with the WFAE, BEAST and the UK/Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC), 22 April - 24 April. Featured artists are Hildegard Westerkamp, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Chris Watson, Pete Stollery, and Yang Yeung.
The World Listening Project's signature initiative, World Listening Day, was established in 2010 as an international day of awareness for the burgeoning and diversifying interests in our changing acoustic environment through local and online activities. The date, July 18, honors the renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer on his birthday. Each year a respected practitioner creates a theme to inspire projects for World Listening Day.
2020's theme was ‘The Collective Field’, created by internationally acclaimed Wild Sanctuary's Katherine Krause.
Many organisations and individuals participated in this year's WLD. Activities include a live stream of the Tokyo Phonographers Union, CRISAP's Acts Of Air exhibition series, a video feature by the ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore, the second edition of Leah Barclay's Listening In The Wild live stream series, and projects celebrating WLD in the Disquiet Junto group.
The theme for 2021 “The Unquiet Earth” is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages us to question our attitudes as listeners as we aim to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world. Join the unquiet revolution!
Help the WLP share and grow participation in this global community event by adding your information to this short online survey. We welcome everyone to share news, ideas, and questions about participation in comments on the World Listening Day 2021 page, in their Facebook Page and their Facebook Group.
Following COVID-19 lockdowns around the globe, there have been numerous observations made on the impact of reduced human activity in acoustic environments:
Many podcasts, recordings and multimedia projects have also been released, including:
If you are aware of any further projects or pieces investigating our acoustic environments in the time of COVID-19, please email WFAE Secretary Jesse Budel at email@example.com to add to this resource.
Over the past year, many AFAE members have been involved in creative and research activities, Visit our blog post on the AFAE website to read about:
- Ros Bandt, who received the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award at the Art Music Awards
- Vicki Hallett on her project Habitat, and collaboration with Ros Bandt on the Barwon Listening project
- Tristan Louth Robins on his album Waves, the Fleurieu Sound Map, a new installation called Sternere in Angaston (SA), and new blog exploring ecoacoustic analyses.
- Jesse Budel on his recent activities as WFAE Secretary and his new album, Cathedrals
- A member profile on Clare Hall
- An essay by Prithvi Varatharajan on his experience soundwalking through Melbourne with Anthony Magen.
In spite of the challenges of the pandemic, the AFAE was also involved in a variety of projects in 2020, including:
Visit our recent post for more information on each project.
The Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology held its annual general meeting in late February 2021. Upon the retirement of long serving WFAE board member Simo Alitalo, Ari Koivumäki was elected as the FSAE's new board representative.
The WFAE expresses its deep appreciation and thanks for the many years of service that it has enjoyed from Simo, and welcomes Ari to the Board.
Rob Mackay - Flight of the Monarch
Rob has co-produced and presented a 30 minute radio programme for BBC Radio 3's Between the Ears called Flight of the Monarch. It was Pick of the Day in the Radio Times and is available to listen to online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qyhz
It partly documents Following the Flight of the Monarchs, an acoustic ecology project in which streamboxes are being installed across monarch butterfly migration routes for ecosystem monitoring and the creation of artworks and telematic performances. https://followingtheflightofthemonarchs.com
Nikki Sheth presents:
Alex De Little - Sonic Acts of Noticing
Engaging with practices of field recording in Sheffield, Sonic Acts of Noticing proposes careful listening as a way to (re)think and (re)make the spaces of the high street in ways that draw attention to forms of collectivity, and support productive and agonistic relations, intensities and concerns.
This project will be shown as an installation at the British Pavillion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and through an audtio-textual web listening environment (https://sonicactsofnoticing.org/).
The project is based in and supported by the School of Architecture at Sheffield Hallam, and a collaboration with Julia Udall and Jon Orlek.
A new research project started in September 2020 at the University of Kent, which investigates the role of sound in influencing our experience of spaces and places. It focuses on heritage sites and it aims to recreate soundscapes of bygone ages based on historical documentation. The project will run until the end of 2022 and is led by Dr Aki Pasoulas, a board member of UKISC. Further details: https://research.kent.ac.uk/sonic-palimpsest
David de la Haye - Land Lines Project: Nature Revealed
David has created an 'ASMR Edition' EP, which was released alongside his Land Lines commission:
In times when personal connections often take place online, the concept of digital intimacy gains value. This EP, released to complement my 'Land Lines Project: Nature Revealed' commission, explores the sound of freshwater soundscapes in the context of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). The close-up recording, repetitive patterns and binaural production techniques align with the genre's aesthetics, bringing ecological listening to our home environments.
More on the project can be found at: https://landlinesproject.wordpress.com/hidden-sounds-nature-revealed-by-david-de-la-haye/
The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) out of the United States is excited to join the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology as official affiliate. In early 2020, MSAE board members worked with the Chicago-based arts group NON:op Open Opera Works to organize Hear Below: Listening to the Chicago Underground. This underground pedestrian walkway sound walk and active listening artistic intervention was curated as part of the annual College Art Association conference. Read and hear more about this listening experience online at: https://mwsae.org/hear-below-listening-to-chicago-underground-3/
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSAE needed to adjust it’s scheduled summer programming but was able to successfully do so and offer the annual Night Out in the Parks programming as a series of virtual soundwalks presented as an online screening of video and sound works that emphasized the relationship between natural and non-human worlds in Chicago parks. The virtual event featured nine teaching artists who created five videos to address diverse themes and interests including nature, queering in the parks, disability, and citizen science.
In addition to the five videos screened at a virtual event hosted by the MSAE, two of the videos premiered in the Chicago Park District’s new Your Night Out At Home program in October 2020. Learn more about this program on the MSAE website: https://mwsae.org/virtual-soundwalks-2020/
The Soundscape Association of Japan (parent organization of JASE) has re-organized as a general incorporated association since April, 2020 and met the following events in 2020: The 2020 General Meeting and Symposium was held on the 20th of June (Zoom meeting); The 2020 Spring and Autumn Research Seminars were held online on the 20th of June and the 29th of November respectively; The following regular meeting series, titled “Talking About My Work,” were given online by Keiko Torigoe (August 22), Shin-ichiro Iwamiya (October 9) and Naoko Tanaka (December 11). The SAJ is presently working to set up the Prizes of SAJ.
Questions or follow up may be directed to Tadahiko Imada (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Hellenic Society for Acoustic Ecology has recently had its General Assembly and elections through an internet conference platform. The newly elected Board includes Katerina Tzedaki (president), Kostas Paparrigopoulos (vice-president), Ioanna Etmektsoglou (secretary), Kimon Papadimitriou (treasurer) and Panos Amelidis (member). Andreas Mniestris remains the representative of HSAE in the WFAE.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the scheduled National Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece which was planned for the Fall of 2020, was postponed. The Society's activities during the past year included the online publication of the Proceedings of the 5th Hellenic Conference for Acoustic Ecology “ Sound, Embodiment; Education” which had taken place in Kalamata, Peloponese, Greece, in September 2018. The Proceedings were edited by Andreas Mniestris, Kostas Paparrigopoulos and Dimitris Sarris. Katerina Tzedaki organized the mailing list of members and friends of the HSAE, and the communication with and between members has been facilitated considerably.
In addition to the latest Proceedings, the library of HSAE received a new e-book in two versions (English and Greek), entitled: “A Sound-Based Education: for Listening, Appreciating and Co-creating the Soundscapes we Live in” (I. Etmektsoglou, Z. Dionyssiou, A. Mniestris), which was developed as part of the Erasmus+ Project: “The Soundscape we live in”. Download the e-book from the site of the project or the library page of HSAE.
Report by I. Etmektsoglou.