WFAE 2011: Crossing Listening
CALL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS
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. 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’
is the main theme of the Conference of the World Forum for Acoustic
Ecology, which will take place at the Department of Music of the Ionian
University in Corfu, Greece from 3-7 of October 2011.
The conference will be endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology
and the Hellenic Society for Acoustic Ecology, will be organized 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, and will be supported by the Computer Music
Laboratory of the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics of the
Technological and Educational Institute of Crete.
Proposals are invited for roundtable discussions, workshops, papers/posters, compositions/artistic contributions,
relating to, but not limited to the main theme. A small number of the
submitted papers will be selected for inclusion in the forthcoming
issue of the Soundscape Journal, which will share the conference theme. The official language of the conference will be English.
Please send abstracts for roundtable discussions, papers/posters,
workshops, (max. 400 words) & proposals for compositions or other
artistic contributions by May 15, 2011 as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The abstracts/proposals will be reviewed, and the participants whose
papers and sonic art works will be chosen for presentation will be
notified by July 15, 2011.
Information about keynote speakers and the conference program will be forthcoming.
last update: 02/10/2011