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Monday, February 29th, 2016


​In July 2016, the Australasian Computer Music Association is joining forces with the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) to host an interdisciplinary conference at theQueensland Conservatorium on the theme of Sonic Environments.

Drawing inspiration from contemporary acoustic ecology, Sonic Environments invites composers, performers, academics, field recordists, acoustic ecologists and technologists to present research and creative works exploring the ecological, social and cultural contexts

of our sonic environments. This conference aims to expand our current understandings of acoustic ecology and the role of sound and technology in

understanding rapidly changing environments across the world. The conference theme encourages interdisciplinary perspectives on sound and aims to explore the

possibilities of emerging technologies ranging from augmented reality sound walks and generative ecological

compositions to networked performance connecting communities and immersive sound in virtual reality. We also invite

research exploring aural awareness and investigations of natural and anthropogenic sounds and their relationship with the environment.

Sonic Environments

is hosted in collaboration with NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) the premier international conference in designing human-computer interfaces and interactions for musical performance.

Visit our call for participation for further information. Submissions close buy levitra bayer mg on April 8th, 2016.

World Listening Day 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

World Listening Day has been happening annually on July 18, since 2010. The fourth World Listening Day is coming up on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The purposes of World Listening Day are:

- to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;

- to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;

- and to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen as the date because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Schafer is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement; the World Soundscape Project, which Schafer founded in 1971, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field. The culmination of the World Soundscape Project’s pioneering research into the sound environment is described in his seminal book, The Tuning of the World. Published in 1977, it gained international attention and defined many new terms and concepts in sound and ecology popularly used to this day.

The Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project and MSAE invite you to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day. Here are several possibilities:

- organize a soundwalk or a listening party when people play field recordings.

- organize a performance event that involves field recordings and other artistic expressions that explore our soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.

- participate in a private / solitary way, by paying attention to your soundscape.

- facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.

The Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology are hosting a national project where select members will create field recordings at various locations throughout Australia. All of the field recordings will be published on the AFAE SoundCloud. If you would like to participate, please join our SoundCloud group or email for further information.

If you would like to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day with your own project, please email, and be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line.  You can download the

2013 World Listening Day participation form here.

Call for Papers: Modern Soundscape

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Literature held in conjunction with the Centre for Modernism Studies, University of New South Wales
July 10 -13, 2013

What is a modern soundscape? This conference aims to address this question by drawing together researchers engaged with the history and theory of sound and noise from the fields of literature, film, and media studies, as well as architecture, music and the visual arts to consider the multiple soundscapes that have shaped and continue to shape the history of modernity. Jonathan Sterne contends that dating from around 1725 ‘sound itself’ becomes ‘an object and a domain of thought and practice, where it had previously been conceptualized in terms of particular idealized instances like voice or music’. This historical claim challenges the assumption that modern culture is essentially a visual culture, substituting the ear for the eye, and creating a space for a new sonic history of modernity to be written, theorized and contested. Thinking through sound has long been a literary preoccupation. Reflecting on the potential of the “auditory imagination” T.S.Eliot wrote, it “is the feeling for syllable and rhythm, penetrating far below the conscious levels of thought and feeling, invigorating every word; sinking to the primitive and forgotten, returning to the origin and bringing something back, seeking the beginning and the end. It works through meanings, certainly, or not without meanings in the ordinary sense, and fuses the old and obliterated and the trite, the current, and the new and surprising, the most ancient and civilized mentality.” Thinking through the resonant opening created by poetic form Eliot imagines potential creative fusions that cut across space, time, culture and forms. Taking inspiration from Eliot’s expansive vision, we invite papers that engage with sound as a catalyst for thought, critical and creative practice, and historical reconsiderations of modern soundscapes from the eighteenth century to the present.

Possible themes/issues may include:
Voices, Listening, Hearing, Sound Technologies, Music and Modern Space, Literary soundscapes, Sound &Cultural/National Difference, Sonic Environments, Noise/Sound & Everyday Life, Noise & Silence, The politics of noise (rioting, dissent, suppression), Noise & the Media, Print Culture/ the History of the Book, Architectural Space & Acoustics, Psychology & Noise, Aesthetics & Noise, Film Sound, Noise & the Avant-Garde, Noise &Modernism, Victorian & Eighteenth Century Soundscapes

Please submit titles and abstracts for proposed papers by Friday March 1st, 2013

For more information head to University of NSW website