Andra McCartney (1955-2019)
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
4264 Highway 7
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.