The WFAE Board welcomes new Affiliate Representative, Rob MacKay who has succeeded John Levack Drever as UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC)’s new Chair. The WFAE thanks John for many years of service as UKISC’s founder and WFAE representative.
The founding conference of the Central European Society for Soundscape Ecology (CESSE) in Budapest has extended its deadline for submissions until September 15, 2018.
The first international Conference of the Central European Society for Soundscape Ecology 2018 happens 28 November – 1 December in Budapest.
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest (MOME)
With the contribution of
Budapest Music Center (BMC) & Spatial Sound Institute (SSI, NL/H)
CESSE Conference #1 is dedicated to the establishment of a new organization for convening and coordinating energies towards the improvement and care of the region’s soundscapes.
The Society seeks to be part of the worldwide activities coordinated and guided by World Forum of Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), concentrating on the Central European region, specifically: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, but the conference is open for all people from any region.
The registration fee of the conference is HUF 12.000 / €40 (€20 for students with school ID).
Please visit https://cesse.mome.hu/ for more information.
The deadline for submission to the Global Composition 2018 Conference has been re-extended to 24 June 2018, 8 p.m. More information is available here.
A PDF version of the Invisible Places 2017 proceedings is available to download (for free!) at invisibleplaces.org/#proceedings. Congratulations to Raquel Castro and Miguel Carvalhais and the contributors.
The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology is pleased to endorse the Global Composition 2018 Conference. The theme of the conference is Sound, Ecology, and Media Cultural Education. The conference will be held October 4-7 at the Media Campus Dieburg/Darmstadt UAS. Keynote speakers include Milena Droumeva and Walter Tilgner, with additional speakers announced soon. The Call for Submissions is available here.
The deadline for submission has been re-extended to 24 June 2018, 8 p.m. CEST via
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Nigel Frayne passed away on Friday, January 6, 2018. His death comes after many years of battling cancer. Until his final days, Nigel was actively helping the leadership of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), as Treasurer, and its Australian affiliate, the Australian Forum of Acoustic Ecology (AFAE).
Nigel joined the WFAE in 1996, a few years after its founding, when he met Hildegard Westerkamp. She wrote an eloquent piece about this experience, titled "Thanking Nigel" on pages 5-6 of the 2010 edition of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Volume 10. Hildegard describes the essential role Nigel subsequently played in the WFAE's future. Not only defining the organizational structure of the WFAE, but for over 20 years, Nigel served as a steadfast friend and supporter of the new leadership of which I am honored to be a part. This, with my mentors and a new younger generation of forward-thinking scholars, artists, researchers, and designers, is Nigel's gift.
Of Nigel's role, AFAE President and WFAE Vice President, Dr. Leah Barclay wrote:
Nigel Frayne had an incredible impact on the field of acoustic ecology. As a founding member of the AFAE, he spearheaded many activities over the years, including the 2003 WFAE conference in Melbourne; a pivotal event for many people on a national and international scale.
As the first and longest-standing chair of the WFAE, his commitment, passion, persistence and dedication transformed the organisation into a truly global network. Nigel’s vision to make the WFAE a more manageable organisation resulted in a restructure into clusters of groups with geographical administration and governance. This was the beginning of WFAE affiliates, which is how we continue to operate internationally today.
Endorsed by the WFAE, the 2018 Ecoacoustics Congress is a four day conference organised by the International Society of Ecoacoustics (ISE). The aim of the 2018 congress is to bring together scientists, natural resource managers, industry and artists to explore the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of the environment. Ecoacoustics operates in all types of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems extending the scope of acoustics and bioacoustics.
The event will take place June 24-28 in Brisbane, Australia and will host various activities and creative programs associated with the 20th Anniversary of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology. The call for papers, posters and creative works is now open.
PERSPECTIVES ON LISTENING, BIOSPHERE SOUNDSCAPES INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP AND SYMPOSIUM, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
In December 2017, Biosphere Soundscapes and the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre are hosting “Perspectives on Listening” an international symposium and workshop bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore the role of sound in our environment.
Biosphere Soundscapes is an interdisciplinary research project investigating the creative and scientific possibilities of acoustic ecology through environmental field recording, biodiversity monitoring and a diversity of creative projects spanning four continents. The project works in partnership with multiple organisations to develop and deliver socially embedded acoustic ecology research in collaboration with the communities of UNESCO biosphere reserves across the world. Biosphere Soundscapes is part of an exciting portfolio of interdisciplinary collaborations across creative arts and environmental sciences emerging at Griffith University.
Perspectives on Listening will introduce the interdisciplinary possibilities of acoustic ecology and ecoacoustics and highlight the value of listening in changing environments. The three-day program features keynotes from Steven Feld (USA) and Monica Gagliano (AU) in addition to panels, research presentations, live performances, immersive installations, sound walks and field trips across the rainforests of the Sunshine Coast and aquatic ecosystems in Noosa Biosphere Reserve.
Steven Feld is a leading American ethnomusicologist, anthropologist, and linguist who will present the 25th anniversary edition of ‘Voices of the Rainforest’ – his composition of a day in the life of the Bosavi rainforest and Kaluli people in Papua New Guinea. The work has touched audiences concerned with ecological integrity, interspecies art, and cultural survival, and remains in popular circulation through Smithsonian Folkways.
Monica Gagliano will speak about plant bioacoustics – a new field she has pioneered by demonstrating for the first time that plants emit their own ‘voices’ as well as detect and respond to the sounds surrounding them. Dr Gagliano is a Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Western Australia and her research is radically transforming our perception of plants and more generally, nature.
The event is endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) and will feature virtual contributions from across the world supported by Arts Front, including artists developing new technologies for live streaming audio in remote locations, scientists pioneering new research in freshwater ecoacoustics and artists from Vanuatu speaking about indigenous perspectives on listening and climate change.
The creative program includes an immersive listening room and the Queensland premiere of Dr Leah Barclay’s new spatial sound installation “Migration Patterns: Saltwater” which features marine hydrophone recordings from the Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve. Perspectives on Listening concludes with sonic explorations through subtropical rainforests on the Sunshine Coast and a closing ceremony in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.
This is an intimate event with limited capacity, registration for the three days is $120 ($85 for students). Biosphere Soundscapes and the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre are also encouraging virtual registration and are working towards measuring and minimising the carbon impact of this event as part of an initiative to encourage environmentally sustainable research practices. The virtual registration ($40) is open for delegates anywhere in the world and will enable participation from community collaborators in remote locations across Mexico, India, Indonesia and Vanuatu.
‘Perspectives on Listening’ is a dynamic participatory event encouraging dialogue and collaborations that continue to promote Queensland as a global focal point for acoustic ecology. The outcomes from this symposium will inform the development of Biosphere Soundscapes programs in 2018 and build momentum towards the International Ecoacoustics Congress, hosted in Brisbane in June 2018.
Explore the program and register here.
Sound + Environment 2017
Art | Science | Listening | Collaboration
29 June – 2 July 2017 | University of Hull
‘Sound + Environment 2017' is an international conference bringing together artists and scientists to explore the ways in which sound can deepen our understanding of environments. Keynotes include BAFTA award-winning sound artist and field recordist Chris Watson and Australian sound artist and president of the AFAE Leah Barclay. Through exploring scientific and artistic approaches together, the conference will engage with sound in order to create complementary ways of investigating, understanding, and taking action. This conference is endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). Call for papers and creative works: www.soundenvironment.net