Linking soundscape composition and acoustic ecology

I’m veering a little from the “engineered” theme, but I thought I’d share some ideas from this interesting paper by Hildergard Westerkamp. The article posits that soundscape composition in its purest, unprocessed form is distinct from electroacoustic composition that incorporates soundscape practices by virtue of its closer association with the field acoustic ecology.

Soundscape recording with a parabolic dish

Westerkamp, on the topic of soundscape composition, tentatively suggests that:

“It’s essence is the artistic, sonic transmission of meaning about place, time, environment and listening perception”

From these variables, individual soundscape compositions achieve a distinct life of their own. It is then suggested that the soundscape composer can play an important role in raising awareness of our planet’s delicate ecological balance by making the issue audible.

Full article available here.


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