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Sunday, July 10 • 14:00 - 15:30
Sonic Environments Papers (stream A)

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Teresa Connors: The University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music New Zealand


This article presents some of the contextual frameworks that have located the author’s development into a crea- tive research practice calls Ecological Performativity. This practice has evolved from a number of non-linear audiovisual works that are intrinsically linked to geographic and everyday phenomena. These works explore the relationship of environment, material, and process, and are derived from an intensive data gathering procedure and immersion within the respective environments. The project is situated in an ecological discourse that seeks to explore conditions and methods of for co-compositional processes between human and nonhuman bodies. This article negotiates the relational interplay between first person (my) experience in creative practice with that of the interdisciplinary influences that accompany it. These include a number of recent critical, theoretical, and philosophical discourses occurring in the humanities and social sciences generally referred to as The Nonhuman Turn. It is out of this relational interplay that the notion of Ecological Performativity has evolved.

Jesse Budel: Elder Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of Arts, The University of Adelaide


Soundscape ecology is becoming a pioneering discipline in contemporary ecological research, investigating the relationships between landscape and soundscape (or topographic and acoustic patterns). In recent years, the discipline has enjoyed increasing international attention as a prominent field of research in contemporary and conferences. The breadth and scope of this field offers many possibilities for innovative creative applications. Whilst there is already a strong body of artistic work with the humanities-oriented acoustic ecology movement and other ecoacoustic compositional approaches, the comprehensive frameworks and methodologies of soundscape ecology have thus far not been specifically explored in a creative context. This paper explores a creative process-in-development that adapts these principles of soundscape ecology, and presents a compositional case study in response to Mobilong Swamp (near Murray Bridge, South Australia), and its related soundscape and ecosystem.

Joe Cantrell: UCSD Department of Music


In the 1980s, geographer Eugene F. Stoermer coined a term that has achieved pronounced attention in the 21st century. Known as the Anthropocene, the conception refers to a geological period of time from the late 19th century to the present, in which the most profound force affecting change on the earth is the collective, often unconscious action of humanity (Crutzen, 17).

In order for sound art to sustain meaning and functionality across epochs, new conceptions of time and materiality and their relationship to sound must be examined.

In this text, I will use the conceit of the Anthropocene to provide a framework for envisioning and designing sound art that is informed by the prospect of the end of an era in which human activity is identified as being the primary agent of change on Earth. In doing so, I will outline strategies that can be put into place to evoke, for inhabitants of the far future, a very personal and aural sense of the contemporary moment.


Jesse Budel

PhD Candidate, Elder Conservatorium Of Music
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Joe Cantrell

UC San Diego | CA | USA
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Teresa Connors

Waikato University
Teresa Connors is active as an acoustic/electroacoustic composer, opera singer, film scorer, and multimedia installation artist. She is currently completing a practice- based PhD at Waikato University that includes developing new techniques and methodologies for multimedia collaborations... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 14:00 - 15:30
Ian Hanger Recital Hall 2.10 Queensland Conservatorium

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