Composer and acoustic ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp will present and discuss her compositional work.
Hildegard Westerkamp emigrated to Canada in 1968 and gave birth to her daughter in 1977. After completing her music studies in the early seventies her ears were drawn beyond music to the acoustic environment as a broader cultural context or place for intense listening. Whether as a composer, educator, or radio artist most of her work since the mid-seventies has centred around environmental sound and acoustic ecology.
She has taught courses in Acoustic Communication at Simon Fraser University (1981-1991) in Vancouver (BC) and [is giving lectures and] conducting soundscape workshops internationally. She is a founding member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE, 1993) and was the editor of The Soundscape Newsletter between 1991 and 1995 [and is now on the editorial committee of Soundscape—The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, a new publication of the WFAE.
Her compositions have been performed and broadcast in many parts of the world. The majority of her compositions deal with aspects of the acoustic environment: with urban, rural or wilderness soundscapes, with the voices of children, men and women, with noise or silence, music and media sounds, or with the sounds of different cultures, and so on. She has composed film soundtracks, sound documents for radio and has produced and hosted radio programs such as Soundwalking and Musica Nova on Vancouver Co-operative Radio.
Organised by the Unit for Sound Practice research.
This event is co-sponsored by the Noise Futures Network.
A number of sound installations on campus to experience. More details on the day.
2pm Great Hall, Richard Hoggart Building
Concert of multi-channel soundscape compositions by Hildegard Westerkamp
3.30pm Small Hall, Richard Hoggart Building
Peter Cusack: Sounds From Dangerous Places
4.30pm Small Hall, Richard Hoggart Building
Hildegard Westerkamp will discuss her compositional work related to soundscape studies.
Senior Common Room
Location: Small Hall, Richard Hoggart Building
Website: Sound Practice Research
Time: 20 April 2009, 14:00 - 17:00
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