Deep Listening: 2nd Annual International Art-Science Conference

Deep Listening: Art/Science
2nd Annual International Conference on Deep Listening
July 10-12, 2014

Pre-conference workshops – July 7-9
Conference – July 10-12
Post-conference festival – July 12 &  July 13

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Organized by Deep Listening Institute, Ltd
Presented by RPI’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), RPI Arts Department and the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture

More info: http://deeplistening.org/site/conference

2014 World Listening Day – “Listen To You!”

You are invited to participate in the 2014 World Listening Day an annual glocal event held on July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are to:

This year’s theme for World Listening Day is “Listen To You!” Some questions to consider:

  • How do you make yourself heard by others ?
  • How do you listen and what do you hear when you want to be unseen?
  • How might the sounds you produce adapt to your nearby environment?
  • What might a “listening ethic” be?
  • How might such an ethic apply particularly to understanding the relationship between humans and other living creatures?

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His effort leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, The Tuning of the World inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.

WLP and MSAE invite you to participate in the 2014 World Listening Day on Friday, July 18, and through the week of July 14th-20th. Some suggestions on how you can participate and organize may be:

  • A soundwalk or a listening party with people who make, listen, and discuss field recordings.
  • A performance event that explores your soundscape and how we can listen to our soundscape, or sonic environment.
  • A private / solitary way, by listening attentively to your soundscape.
  • An educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
  • Contact local groups participating in World Listening Day and get involved.

Participation in the past four World Listening Days exceeded our expectations. In this fifth year we anticipate even greater activity and interest. Please join in the 2014 World Listening Day activities by emailing worldlistening@gmail.com about your plans. Please be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line or download the 2014 World Listening Day participation form here. Thanks!

 

“Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening” – City Creatures

logo of the Center for Humans and NatureOn Monday, April 28 my post on “Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening” was published on the City Creatures blog about animal encounters in the urban wilderness.

This coincided with the Forum on Ethics & Nature: A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery, a symposium organized by the Center for Humans and Nature and the Chicago Botanic Gardens, on Friday, May 2, 2014. I led two bird-oriented soundwalks at the symposium, which had a focus on a focus on the ethical dimensions of conservation issues.