Events Calendar and Announcements

This page provides information about organizational activities including workshops, conferences, broadcasts, and other projects of interest to those in the field of acoustic-ecology.

January - 2006

  • IDEAS Factory: A Noisy Future?
  • Seminar: Hearing Loss

February - 2006

  • Marine Acoustics Special Session 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Hawaii
  • Sound Pratice 2006
  • MindPlay

June - 2006

  • Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)
  • Sound and Anthropology Conference

August - 2006

  • 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition

October - 2006

  • Ear to Earth Festival - New York City, NY, USA


  • Rochester - Soundscape Society monthly meetings
  • DRIFT Radio - ongoing online broadcasts
  • "Cathode Immersions" Prepared and Improvised Radio
  • Fieldwork - Radio 2SER Weekly Broadcast
  • Hearwear
  • Other Voices - Other Sounds
Also See: Sound Science Conference listings posted on the Acoustic Ecology Institute web site.

January, 2006

9 Monday to 13 Friday, January 2006
IDEAS Factory: A Noisy Future

The IDEAS Factory will involve participants in a five day creative research sandpit on the theme of A Noisy Future? Making the World Sound Better. Funding of up to £1 million will be available for the best research ideas to come out of the sandpit. We want to bring together a diverse range of expertise and perspective so you don't need to have any previous experience or specialist knowledge.

18 January, 2006
Seminar: Hearing Loss
Knoxville, TN USA

Those of you who enjoyed the current issue of Soundscape on hearing loss, guest edited by Elliott Berger, may be interested to learn that he and a co-presenter, Theresa Schulz will be teaching a free 1-day seminar on hearing protection and hearing conservation in Knoxville, TN, on January 18.  Continuing education credits are available and free lunch and extensive handouts are included.  Elliott has been teaching these highly regarded courses for 25 years throughout North America and in Europe, Africa and Australia.  For additional information and/or to register, please visit



Friday, 20th January 2006
"MINDPLAY", a one day conference on digital media theory, culture, practice and play
London Metropolitan University
Shoreditch Building
35 Kingsland Rd
London, E2 8AA

Mindplay will focus on our experience of both mindful and playful human-digital relationships, and explore our interaction and engagement with new digital media
environments including those involving mobile and ubiquitous media, new cinema, gameplay, wired spaces, and networked communities.
   Mindplay will deliver a rich and exciting programme of presentations of practice-led research, posters, academic papers, demonstrations, activities as well as an exhibition of interactive installations. The provisional conference programme listing presenters and titles can now be viewed online at A separate list of interactive installations will be published nearer the time.
   For conference registration please go to, or see the further details at the end of this message. We encourage you to register early as places are limited.

February 20-24, 2006
Marine Acoustics Special Session
2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Hawaii

The 13th Ocean Sciences Meeting, a joint meeting of ASLO, TOS and AGU, will be held 20-24 February 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Program Committee is developing a scientific program that will cover all topics in the area of Ocean Sciences and one of these topics will be marine acoustics.

Session Summary:

From the use of hydroacoustic monitoring to detect and locate submarine earthquakes and volcanic activity to navigation cues for young reef fish finding their way home marine acoustics is a rapidly expanding area of research and development. Increasing concerns of the effects of underwater noise, both anthropogenic and natural, on the marine environment are raising marine acoustics to the forefront of scientific research and to government policy and legislation. This session will include the following:

  • Acoustic tomography for water mass monitoring and climate research
  • Acoustic techniques for habitat classification, fish and plankton abundance and biomass modeling
  • Acoustic techniques advancing marine archaeology
  • Sea floor acoustics, mapping topography and military surveying for vessels and mines
  • Acoustic remote sensing of the marine environment
  • Underwater acoustic communication and navigation, people and animals
  • Advances in acoustic technologies
  • The effect of anthropogenic and natural noise on marine life

Abstract submissions will be accepted on line at:


  • Dr. Bev Mackenzie. Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, 80 Coleman Street, London. EC2R 5BJ. UK. Tel: +44 020 7382 2628. Email Please contact for more information.
  • Prof. A. Gavrilov. Centre for Marine Science & Technology, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845. AUSTRALIA. Email
  • Dr Stephen Simpson. Institute of Evolutionary Biology. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. EH9 3JT. UK. Email
  • Dr Angela Davis CMarSci, FIMarEST. School of Ocean Sciences
    University of Wales, Bangor, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5AB. UK.

February 11 and 12, 2006
Location: Goldsmiths College, University of London

The UK & Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional branch of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) was launched in 2001 with a major international conference at Dartington Hall (Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC conference on sound, culture and environments). The objectives of the conference were: to nurture our understanding and awareness of the soundscape; to report on past, current and future soundscapes; to advance the emerging interdiscipline of soundscape studies. Since then the scene has developed dramatically, and with wide ranging new initiatives and directives, yet with arguably limited scope, soundscape issues are now more firmly on the map than ever. SOUND PRACTICE 2006 provides an opportunity to take stock and reflect on many of the activities that have shaped the scene over the past 5 years. It will also provide a forum in which to discuss the future of soundscape studies and pool new approaches and practices. For more information contact:


JUNE, 2006


June, 2006
The International
Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)
The School of Sound
London, England

The International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) is the premiere forum for new developments in the use of sound to display information. Areas of particular interest include sonification of data for exploratory and monitoring purposes, aurally enhanced user interfaces, and interactive, data-driven composition of sound. ICAD is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the range of technology, design, application, and perceptual issues that research and practices in this information domain encompass. ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary conference with relevance to university, industry and graduate students working in areas that include psychology,
psychoacoustics, media, design, music, sound design, human computer interaction, accessibility, audio technology, information and communications technology, computer games, engineering analysis, medicine and a plethora of other application domains in the arts and sciences.

ICAD 2006 will be held in London, England, in June 2006 under the theme "Interdisciplinarity". Submission categories include: papers, short papers, posters, demonstrations, performances, workshops, tutorials and concert submissions. More information, key dates and the complete text of the call for submissions can be found at http://

Please contact ICAD, not the School of Sound, for further information. The next School of Sound symposium will be held in London in April 2007.

June 19-21, 2006
Sound and Anthropology Conference
St Andrews University, Scotland

This conference is the result of an innovative collaborative project between the Social Anthropology Department, St Andrews and the Sound Arts and Design department, LCC, University of the Arts, London. The project has involved collaboration and dialogue between sound artists and anthropologists, covering subjects such as the soundscape, acoustic ecology, poetics, language, as well as postgraduate training in methodologies and skills.


AUGUST, 2006

August 22-26, 2006
Ninth International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy,

The 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC9) will be hosted by the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 22nd-26th, August, 2006. 

The ICMPC9 conference follows the meetings of the music perception and cognition research community in Kyoto, Japan (1989), Los Angeles, U.S.A. (1992), Liège, Belgium (1994), Montreal, Canada (1996),Seoul, South Korea (1998),  Keele, UK (2000), Sydney, Australia (2002), and Evanston, USA (2004). The ICMPC9 conference will also host the 6thTriennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM6). Previous ESCOM conferences were,in Trieste, Italy (1991),  Liège, Belgium (1994), Uppsala, Sweden (1997), Keele, UK (2000) and Hannover, Germany (2003).  The ICMPC9 conference will be sponsored by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). 

Other participating societies include: the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), the Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM), the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS), the Japanese Society for Music Perception and Cognition (JSMPC), the Korean Society for Music Perception and Cognition (KSMPC), and the Argentine Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (SACCOM).  The ICMPC9 conference is also supported by the International Society for Music Education (ISME).


The focus of the ICMPC9 conference is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music perception, cognition and education. The conference will have relevance for university and industry researchers and graduate students working in psychology, music theory and composition, psychophysics, music performance and education, music therapy and music medicine, neurophysiology, ethnomusicology, developmental psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, and computer technology.


Submissions are invited for: (1) spoken papers, (2) symposia, (3) workshops, (4) poster presentations  (5) demonstrations. Call for papers will be June 1st, 2005. The deadline for submissions to the ICMPC9 Conference is December 31st, 2005. Details of submission format, procedure, and deadlines will be found on the Conference web site (


The conference will be held in the Medieval centre of Bologna, one of the most remarkable attractions in Italy.The Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna ( is the oldest university in the Western world (its records go back to 1088) with important musical traditions. Excursions to main attractions and live music performances will be scheduled.


Visit the ICMPC9 Conference web site: We look forward to welcoming you to Bologna in August 2006!

Conference Organizers:
Mario Baroni
Anna Rita Addessi
Roberto Caterina
Marco Costa



October 2006
An Ear To Earth Festival
New York City

An Ear to the Earth is a festival organized by the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) in collaboration with a host of acoustic ecology and digital arts organizations, has been re-scheduled from March 2006 to October 6-14, 2006. For more details about the events being planned and to get involved, visit the Ear to the Earth website.


Rochester Soundscape Society
Rochester, New York, USA
All are welcome at the meetings of Rochester Soundscape Society, First Tuesday of every month, Maplewood YMCA, 6:30 pm, 25 Driving Park Ave., Rochester NY 14613. Our main focus is reducing noise.

Hearwear – The Future of Hearing
26 July 2005 - 5 March 2006
Goldsmiths College University of London
New Cross
Free Admission

The results of an innovative project to radically re-think the future of hearing, Hearwear displays designs and prototypes by some of the UK's best designers, including Ross Lovegrove, Priestman Goode, Industrial Facility and IDEO. The display will show how fashionably designed 'hearwear' can be as desirable and accessible as 'eyewear', and will change the way people think about hearing.

Hearwear suggests revolutionary new possibilities in hearing products for everyone, not just people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and introduces the possibility of new products to allow everyone to control and enhance the sounds around us. Imagine having a remote control you could use to instantly block out the sound of noisy builders or a screaming child; or a product that
allows you to hold a clear conversation in a noisy bar. The display includes stylish and attractive hearing products, some almost like jewelry, that people not only need but will really want to wear.

The Hearwear display shows how revolutionary thinking about hearing could be reflected in exciting new product designs and highlights the massive potential for industry to create innovative, stylish and desirable hearing products which, if they were available on the high street, millions of people would want to purchase and use.

Developed by RNID and the magazine Blueprint with brand consultancy.


Fieldwork - Radio 2SER Weekly Broadcast
Sunday Nights 10.30-12.00 (Sydney Time)
Streaming on

Fieldwork is dedicated to environmental recordings and sound art compositions using environmental textures. Each week is devoted to an aspect of a monthly theme. for april -may this is 'life acoustic' - covering insects, birds and mammals. The first broadcast features micro recordings of insects around Marrackville and other insect recordings around the world. We are happy to play raw, treated or composed works. Expressions of interest can be emailed to Adam Hulbert at
Recordings can be sent directly to:
Fieldwork at Radio 2SER,
Level 26, Building 1, UTS
1 Broadway Rd, Ultimo NSW 2007

DRIFT - an exploration of sound art and experimental music featuring radio broadcasts, moving image, publications, and live events. DRIFT is a platform for artists from Scotland and beyond, a gateway to these emerging cultural forms. DRIFT will take place throughout 2004.

To listen to the audio stream online or for further information visit the DRIFT web site at


Cathode Immersions: Prepared and Improvised Radio
Sydney Australia.
On Air Broadcast: 12pm -1.30 thurs Sydney 2SER 107.3
Streaming Online: 12pm -1.30 thurs (Sydney Time)

Since starting out in 2002, Cathode Immersions has developed its own approach to improvised and prepared radio - combining compositions, field recordings of Sydney City and surrounding national parks with a real time remixing of 'free to air' television into a pulsing acoustic space. Originally the intention was to alter the experience of late night television by providing a new context, but as time has passed increasingly the aesthetics of improvised collaboration and imaginative listening have developed into a coherent aesthetic and we have a much stronger sense of creating space. The introduction of a weekly themes has meant that as well as live drones, audio mulching and instrumentation, we've been increasingly able to introduce our own field recordings, sounds of electromagnetic phenomena, recordings by acoustic ecologists and established field recordists, and generally take the television 'outside'.
We're always happy to play recordings from around the world, and interested in collaborations, especially from artists working within Acoustic Ecology, please feel free to contact us at

Team Cathode:

  • Adam Hulbert: Composer and AFAE member, currently involved in postgraduate  research on 'Implosive Listening', based within the School of Social Ecology at University of Western Sydney.
  • Sandy McLeod: Tai Chi instructor and CDJ for cathode, follows in the footsteps of his father Jim McLeod, Sydney on-air jazz icon. Sandy is about to relocate to China, and is available and