Sound, Environment and Connective Technology
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
May 11-12, 2006
Organized by the UCR Music Department and the Center for Ideas and Society
The acoustic environment has become an increasingly significant theme of research in several scientific and artistic areas. This trend not only suggests an awareness of sound and its impact on everyday life but, more recently, also reflects the possibilities of new technologies in acquiring and processing acoustic data.
The multidisciplinary symposium “Sound, environment and connective technology” explores convergences among the arts, social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. It will bring together scholars from a variety of areas such as acoustics, psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sociology, psychology, semiotics, film studies, computer science, engineering, ethnomusicology, sound art, digital arts, and electro-acoustic music.
The symposium aims to develop and promote a broader discourse on sound, environment, and communication/media technologies. Participants are invited to reflect on models and strategies for developing cross-disciplinary collaborative projects. Suggested topics include: creative projects, public art, sound art, soundscapes, sound design, architecture and acoustics, sound pollution, environmental noise, sound and biology, sound archiving, disappearing soundscapes, audio surveillance, ethnography of place (urban and suburban spaces), audio industry, digital media, mobile sound and culture (cell phones, iPods, and other personal audio devices), interior environments, pedagogy, etc.
The program of the symposium will be complemented by a concert of vocal, instrumental and electro-acoustic music featuring the soprano Beth Griffith, the electronic cellist Chris Chafe and works by Barry Truax, Chris Chafe, Paulo C. Chagas, Pedro Rebelo and John McGuire.
The contributions of the participants, as well as essays by other scholars and artists, will be published in a volume of articles accompanied by a CD.