WFAE 2011

Soundscapes are seldom simple; on the contrary, they tend to be
complex sounding systems continuously changing in time, which no art
or science can approach in depth on its own. Listening is the ‘corner
stone’ for the appreciation, participation and study of the sonic
environment that surrounds and includes us, this if we are in our
homes, a concert or simply in the garden enjoying of our glow in the
dark pebbles outside. As Westerkamp (2002) remarks, it is the
ecological balance of our planet that becomes audible “to those who care
to listen.” We might consider listening in two ways: as the actual
activity of focusing (in innumerable ways) our attention to the
soundings, and in a metaphorical manner; listening as a metaphor. A
research or a compositional approach to the sonic environment, for
example, can be thought of as a listening path. One alone cannot listen
to everything that is simultaneously sounding in the soundscape;
similarly the meanings transmitted through soundings cannot be fully
uncovered by a single discipline. The multidisciplinary approach in the
research of the sonic environment has been highlighted from the very
beginnings of Acoustic Ecology. These different aesthetic and scientific
approaches to the soundscape are considered here metaphorically as
crossing listening paths, which in their ‘conjunctions’ and interactions
might create a better understanding of the whole. ‘Crossing listening
paths’ was the main theme of the International Conference of the World
Forum for Acoustic Ecology, which took place at the Department of
Music of the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece from 3-7 of October
2011. The conference was endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic
Ecology and the Hellenic Society for Acoustic Ecology and organised
and co-sponsored by the Department of Music of the Ionian University
and the Electroacoustic Music Research and Applications Laboratory
(EPHMEE) of the Ionian University, supported by the Computer Music
Laboratory of the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics of the
Technological and Educational Institute of Crete. It has included
roundtable discussions, workshops, papers/posters,
compositions/artistic contributions, relating to, but not limited to the
main theme.

Here is more information about this past event:

The site of the Conference

Post conference greetings

Soundscape Journal # 11 / Fall-Winter 2011