Volume 17 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and profiles the incredible diversity of acoustic ecology practice and research happening across Australia. The three feature articles showcase established Australian practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of sound and interrogating our sonic relationship with place. Volume 17 is dedicated to AFAE founder Nigel Frayne and features a tribute to his life and work from Hildegard Westerkamp.
Volume 18 brings together research from the WFAE’s UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC) affiliate with guest editor Dr Rob Mackay, an award-winning composer, sound artist and performer who works in a highly interdisciplinary context. This edition highlights selected papers from ‘Sound + Environment 2017’ – a conference hosted at the University of Hull that brought together artists and scientists to explore the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of environments.
I am sorry to inform you that Andra McCartney died on October 17, 2019.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Norwood United Church
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Norwood, Ontario, Canada
For those who haven't had the opportunity to know Andra and/or admire her work, she delved deeply into the experience and meaning of listening and noise. Andra's blog remains an important and online resource on this key experiential method of soundscape study and public engagement.
In Koli, Finland (2010) and in Laval, Quebec for Audio Parc (2012) I had the good fortune to meet Andra. We led soundwalks in Laval thanks to Galerie Verticale and Magali Babin. Andra's scholarly activism on Hildegard Westerkamp's soundwalking practice, soundscape composition, electroacoustic music, and Schafer's "hi-fi/lo-fi" distinction remains accessible on the Soundwalking Interactions blog.
With David Paquette, Andra translated into English an updated version of À l'écoute de l'environment. Répertoire des effets sonores by Editions Parathenthèses (Sonic Experience: A Guide To Everyday Sounds), originally published in 1995 by Jean-Francois Augoyard, the founder of the Centre de researche sur l'espce sonore et urbain (CRESSON Ambianes architecturales et urbaines).
"Listening to Traffic with Guts and Antennae" is Andra's chapter for the new (2019) book, Sound, Media, Ecology. Her practice-based scholarship, along with this new book, are indubitably important contributions for acoustic ecology, providing in depth discussion and comprehensive ideas through soundscape studies, including ideal notions of what desirable acoustic environments may be constituted.
WFAE President Eric Leonardson is honored to present in the first meeting of Red de Ecología Acústica_México / Acoustic Ecology Network_Mexico (REA_Mx) taking place on 21–23 October, 2019 at Fonoteca Nacional in Mexico City. This international conference is framed within in a week entitled Jornadas Sonoras 01, from October 21 to 26, hosted by the Department of Arts and Humanities of the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM).
REA_Mx is a new network conceived as “a space that brings together academics, professionals, creators and students, interested in the social, cultural, ecological and scientific aspects of Mexico’s sound environment.” REA_Mx seeks to become an affiliated organization of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).
Jornadas Sonoras 01 includes the launch of Leonardo Laser Talks Mex with the International Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST), followed by II Coloquio Internacional Espacio e Inmersividad (2nd International Colloquium for Space and Immersivity).
The WFAE Online Library is currently rebuilding its library of global perspectives on acoustic ecology. The WFAE is making a call for more submissions, as announced on the WFAE newsletter in October 2018.
We invite both WFAE Affiliates and Individual members to submit publications, projects, conferences and other media for inclusion in this database. You are welcome to submit more than once to each category.
To learn how to become a WFAE member, please visit our Membership Page. Please note submissions in English are preferred, but we will accept submissions in any native language of our affiliate organizations.
The online submission form is at:
The deadline for the next round of publications is 1 June 2019 (it will continue as an ongoing process after that).
We invite all WFAE Affiliates and Individual members to promote this Call for submissions to the WFAE Online Library to your networks.
Thank you for your collaboration. We look forward to refreshing the library and making it available.
Stéphane Marin has kindly donated the 2018 proceeds of the "Each Morning of the World" project to the WFAE. To express our appreciation, the WFAE has given him a free one-year membership. Thank you Stéphane, and we wish continued success for "Each Morning of the World."
Video documentation of days 1 and 2 of The Global Composition 2018 Conference is now available on YouTube.
Photo courtesy of The Global Composition 2018
Claude Schryer (Canada)
I was one of the founders of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) at the Banff Centre’s Tuning of the World Conference in 1993 (TOTW1993) and was honoured to participate as a facilitator at The Global Composition 2018 (TGC2018). I mentioned at the opening event of TGC2018 that it was the interdisciplinary and exploratory nature of acoustic ecology that motivated me to help create the WFAE. Much has been accomplished by the WFAE over 25 years – thanks are in order - but what comes next? One of the goals of TGC2018 was to take stock of these 25 years of activity and to lay groundwork for future generations...
Some personal highlights and thoughts from TGC2018:
Photo courtesy of The Global Composition 2018
Juliana Carla Bastos (Brazil)
Gathering the discussions and yearnings of three generations of acoustic ecology scholars, the The Global Composition 2018 (TGC2018) was an opportunity to broaden and deepen our understandings on the diversity of listening, an experience framed by the impressive silence of the Mediencampus of Dieburg.
Some aspects evoked during the four days of TGC2018 that are worth mentioning are:
These are some notes on the TGC2018 that aim not only to contribute to the acoustic ecology initiatives initiated in Tuning of the World 1993, but also to discover ways of approaching the area in a diverse world and in need of discussions and studies about the sonorous that surrounds us and defines us as human beings.
On October 7, 2018 biologist and nature sound recordist Walter Tilgner received an honorary lifetime membership in the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). As one of the keynote speakers in The Global Composition 2018 conference on sound, ecology, and media culture, Tilgner gave an impressive presentation titled, “Listen to Nature.” Upon its conclusion, WFAE President, Eric Leonardson presented the honor:
Dear Walter, On behalf of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in recognition of your lifetime of achievement in nature sound recording, for the great contribution this makes in scientific research and public enjoyment both, we would like to honor you as an Honorary WFAE member. I hope you accept our offer and thanks and enjoy being a member of our global network.
Born 1934 in the town of Olomouc, now a part of the Czech Republic, Tilgner worked as an ornithologist and photographer since the 1950s. From 1981 until 2012 he was employed at the Bodensee-Naturmuseum in Konstanz, Germany. Now in retirement Tilgner remains active raising awareness on the changing soundscape of Europe's natural environments.
Tilgner’s earliest published tape recordings date from the 1970s. With the advent of digital recording and Neumann microphones for binaural recording, in the late 1980s he achieved his long sought goal of producings recordings of great spatial depth and clarity representing the rich fabric of wildlife in the forests, lakes, marshes, and meadows of the region. His stunning recordings are part of the Programmarchiv of the European Acoustic Heritage project. Many of Tilgner’s other historic releases are in WERGO's Natural Sound series. A self-help book for hearing loss and related disorders, including a CD with Tilgner's audio recordings, is titled, Hören im Gleichgewicht (Listening in Balance), published by Vesalius Verlag. To order this book, to listen and to learn more, visit Tilgner’s website where you can also link to his recordings on Spotify and iTunes.
The 2018 Conference of The Central European Society for Soundscape Ecology (CESSE) will be held November 28 - December 1, Budapest, Hungary. The CESSE proposes to established a new Central European WFAE Affiliate Organization. Click here for more information.