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Call for Papers Deadline May 1, 2015
Sounds emergent: diverse ecologies

Symposium Editor: 
Jay Needham, MFA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL  (ASAE)

The origins of Acoustic Ecology are deeply rooted in a profound environmental awakening and call to action from the previous century. Those seminal turns in modernism helped to popularize concepts of ecology and entire fields and disciplines in the arts and humanities both adopted and aestheticized scientific methods.

When we consider soundscapes of the 21st century from the perspective of the Anthropocene (Crutzen), what ecological models and methods are still being considered and how has science changed? What new considerations and definitions of sound practice and research have emerged since the growth of sound studies as a distinct field? Have we collectively arrived at another eco-critical turn, a global shift in urgency when we should consider the broader study of the whole or a holism such as "Dark Ecology," as theorized by Morton? Current directions would suggest that our explorations have broadened towards a form of intersubjectivity as proposed by Kohn in "How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. "

This edition of Soundscape is an invitation to re-examine how we work with and define notions of ecology and to illustrate the variety of diverse approaches within and around sound practice and scholarship. Articles, book reviews and reviews of artist’s work on the theme of diverse ecologies are welcome.

Full papers (with 1-2 photos) : 3,000 - 4,000 words
Reviews:  800 - 1000 words
Exceptions can be negotiated.

Style sheets will be provided upon acceptance. 
Sample issues (print/electronic):

Please send your 100-200 word proposal to Jay Needham by May 1, 2015. 
Notice of Acceptance: May 15, 2015.
All materials due August 15, 2015. 

Inquiries welcomed. Jay Needham,

April 16-18, 2015, Brooklyn, NY, USA
The Musical Ecologies series will continue in April with a three-part festival of Acoustic Ecology co-curated by composers Andrea Williams  and Dan Joseph. Taking place over three days, the Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival offers an opportunity to explore our understanding of sound in our environment through the work of a group of selected artists who will present performances, talks, and soundwalks in and around the Old Stone House in Park Slope. Visit the Musical Ecologies website for more information.

One of WFAE’s founding members, the late Peter Grant was very active in community radio in Vancouver. Co-op Radio has established a memorial fund. Not only did Peter play a key in making the WFAE a functional organization, he was a long-time volunteer and former staff member as Programming Coordinator of Co-op Radio during the 80s. To contribute, please visit

May 22, 2015 at the Detroit Public Library

The Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) will host its second annual conference on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Detroit Public Library dedicated to Michigan and Detroit’s musical heritage. The question presenters will explore how Michigan generally, and Detroit in particular, have been leaders in the creation of the global modern soundscape. More information, including a Call for Papers, is available at the Detroit Conservancy website.

May 27, 2015 at The British Library

Call for Recordings:
Kinokophone welcomes submissions by field recordists, phonographers and artists to share in a collective listening experience at the next Kinokophonography Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 at the British Library in London.  Works can be un-edited field recordings or compilations. Please note that we have stereo playback capability. To respond to our call for recordings, please visit the Kinokophone website.

Kinokophone welcomes curious listeners to Kinokophonography, a curated sound cinema event that features audio works from around the world.  The event explores the experience of listening by sharing sound recordings and discussing what the process of making them can bring to life.  Everyone is welcome to hear the world in all its variety, beauty and strangeness.  Join us in celebration of the sounds around us. 


May 31–June 31, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Registration ends May 15 for The 10th European Congress on Noise Control. The congress is jointly organized by the Belgian and Dutch Acoustical societies ABAV and NAG. Amongst more than two dozen topics & structured sessions there will be a series on “Soundscape and Quality of Life.” More info:

Audio Festival, June 5-7, 2015, Oakland, CA
During the weekend of June 5th to 7th, 2015, the fourth MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival hits Oakland CA USA, as well as many stupendous and never horrendous ear sounds. There are two categories of submissions: (1) Propose a session, tour, soundwalk, workshop, miscellaneous thing, or (2) propose an installation. Three grants are available this year for $1000 each to install something at the festival. Check the guidelines on the website. This year’s theme: the frontier. The theoretical frontier, expansion of boundaries, extreme limits, Frontier Thesis, egalitarianism, the taming of the frontier from exploration through urban development, even the lack of interest in high culture and all that. Take that where you will. 

Conference, June 17-19, 2015, De Montfort University, UK
a conference for postgraduate and postdoctoral students working in the sonic and media arts. The conference is organised by postgraduate students of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTIRC) at De Montfort University, and it aims to stimulate co-operation and inspiration between postgraduate and postdoctoral students across institutional boundaries and disciplines from music, film, performance, to art specialties such as illustration and sculpture, leading to new perspectives on current works and research. More information on the conference can be found here.

September 7-12, 2015

The website to the “XXV International Bioacoustic Conference IBAC 2015" is open. The objective of the IBAC meeting is to promote international participation throughout the entire field of bioacoustical activity. The subject of bioacoustics is principally a marriage between the fields of biology and physical acoustics. Given its multidisciplinary nature, IBAC aims to bring together biologists from different specialisms (ecologists, ethologists, physiologists, taxonomists, etc) with engineers, sound archivists and amateur sound recordists, to foster discussion and exchange of ideas.

May 11-August 10 2015

A course designed to develop the student's perception and understanding of sound and its behavior in the interpersonal, social, environmental, media and creative fields. The acoustic and psychoacoustic bases of sound will be introduced with special reference to acoustic design, the electroacoustic media, and sonic environments. This distance education course in Acoustic Communication from Simon Fraser University is now available for international students though Open University in Canada.Enrollments for the summer offering of this course (May 11 - August 10) are open. Contact  Susan Frykberg (course writer and teacher), for more information. 

May - August, 2015

A course designed to develop the student's perception and understanding of sound and its behaviour in the interpersonal, social, environmental, media and creative fields. The acoustic and psychoacoustic bases of sound will be introduced with emphasis on listening, the soundscape, sound and community, noise pollution, the science of sound, the human voice, acoustic design, and the sonic imagination. The course strives to teach listening skills, while providing you with the tools necessary for the analysis of sound and its behaviour within a variety of soundscapes. Students can enroll for it through TRU-OL Students and apply it to their local degree.

August 9-12, 2015

The 2015 conference on noise control will be held in San Francisco August 9-12, 2015. The topics presented at the Inter.Noise conference include a variety of audio and acoustical topics relevant to sound. Papers from this year's conference are avaialble under the Resources page.