Apr 05 | Acoustic Ecology & Activism

Read Before Class



In Class


  • Add: Leah Barclay, Framework, Ultra Red…
  • Jana Winderen’s compositions using underwater recordings and ultrasound
  • David Dunn’s “The Sound of Light in Trees” (recordings of bark beetles)
  • Chris Watson – TV interview (10min) & tracks from “Outside the Circle of Fire” CD. (raw recordings presented as-is)
  • Steven Feld recordings from “Voices of the Rainforest” CD (layered recordings edited “dialogically” with participants)
    See next week’s interview with Feld for follow-up 
  • Hildegard Westerkamp’s “Kits Beach Soundwalk” (raw recordings are brought into studio, processed, recontextualized)
  • If we have time: Loss of context: How did Hugo Zemp’s Solomon Islands recordings become a hit for Deep Forest and later for Jan Garbarek?

Further Research

  • On the subject of  the mysteries of the deep: An array of underwater research microphones (AKA “hydrophones”) have detected several unexplained deep-ocean sounds over the years. “Bloops” have been recorded several times since 1997 and were eventually classified as the disintegration of icebergs. Maybe it’s a sea monster from pre-history? H.P. Lovecraft fans think it’s the stirrings of the ancient alien overlord R’lyeh and skeptics dismiss it as one of many unknown sounds in the deep ocean.
    NOTE: The NOAA hydrophone array that detected the “bloop” is a leftover Cold War surveillance system formerly called SOSUS. It was designed to detect and classify the sounds of Soviet submarines across the world’s oceans.
  • Jana Winderen in a conversation with Steven Conner (whose essays we have read) and Garret Keizer on BBC radio’s The Forum in 2015, discussing noise in society, personal psychology, and art.