Podcast: Within A Grain of Sand. Intermedia artist Maile Colbert offers a series of interviews with sound artists from around the world about the practice of creating sound art. Included are Jen Boyd, Eric Leonardson, and Rui Costas. Click2Read more and download podcast.
Reading: I Have Never Seen a Sound. By R. Murray Schafer. The material in this essay was originally presented as a keynote address at the twelfth International Congress of Sound and Vibration, held in Lisbon, Portugal, in July, 2005. Schafer notes in his accompanying letter that he is “trying to get the acoustical architects and engineers to come back to sound as sound, rather than the graphic projections that dominate most of their thinking today.” Source: Kansas State University. Click2Read
Reading: Special issue of Landscape Ecology. A special issue of the scientific journal, Landscape Ecology, devoted to Soundscape Ecology has been published. The guest editor is Bryan Pijanowski, who invited Gary Barrett and Barry Truax to contribute a Preface which is titled, "Soundscape in a Context of Acoustic and Landscape Ecology", and covers some of the history and background to this field. Available to paid subscribers at Springerlink.
Reading: Acoustic Ecology and the Experimental Music Tradition. By David Dunn. This essay is an attempt to put some of these conflicting assumptions about acoustic-ecology into perspective while also clarifying some of the author's own insights into related issues. Source: New Music Box. Click2Read
Reading: Ethical questions about working with soundscapes. By Dr. Andra McCartney. The author considers one well-known idea in sound ecology - a fundamental value that is consistently ascribed to soundscape work and sound ecology and that is the ideal of the hi-fi soundscape. The author considers it worthwhile to think a bit about this term, where it comes from, what baggage it brings along with it, and how it might inform soundscape work. Source: Soundwalking Interactions. Click2Read
Blog: The Sounds of Europe. The ‘Sounds of Europe’ blog will travel to 20 of the 27 European countries during the two-year-project. Each month another organisation or artist, from a different country, will be responsible to maintain this blog for 1 month. They’ll explore and present each in a personal way the country’s context and what’s happening in regard to the field recording scene and activity. Sounds of Europe is a EU funded project that will map field recording as an activity in music, art and the sciences. Click2Read
Book: The Soundscapes of Australia: Music, Place and Spirituality. Edited by Fiona Richards, The Open University, UK. "Australia offers tremendous scope for understanding the relationship between music, spirituality and landscape. This major, generously-illustrated new volume examines, in fifteen chapters, some of the ways in which composers and performers have attempted to convey a sense of the Australian landscape through musical means. The book embraces the different approaches of ethnomusicology, gender studies, musical analysis, performance studies and cultural history. Ranging across the country, from remote parts of the Northern Territory to the bustling east coast cities, from Tasmanian wilderness to tropical Queensland, the book includes references to art and literature as well as music. Issues of national identity, belonging and aboriginalization are an integral part of the book, with indigenous responses to place examined alongside music from the western orchestral, chamber and choral repertories." Source: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
Hardcover: 327 pages
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd Publishing (May 31, 2007)
Book: Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice By Pauline Oliveros. This book offers an exciting guide to ways of listening and sounding. This book provides unique insights and perspectives for artists, students, teachers, meditators and anyone interested in how consciousness may be effected by profound attention to the sonic environment .
Deep Listening® is a practice created by composer Pauline Oliveros in order to enhance her own as well as other's listening skills. She teaches this practice worldwide in workshops, retreats and in her ground breaking Deep Listening classes at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Mills College. Deep Listening practice is accessible to anyone with an interest in listening. Undergraduates with no musical training benefit from the practices and successfully engage in creative sound projects. Many report life changing effects from participating in the Deep Listening classes and retreats.
Pauline Oliveros (1932) is one of America’s most important composers. Deep Listening® is her lifetime practice. Currently she serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY, Darius Milhaud Artist-in-residence at Mills College, Oakland CA and president of Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston NY.
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 8, 2005)