Professor John Levack Drever

Staff details

Position Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art Head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR)
Department Music
Email j.drever (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7652
Professor John Levack Drever

Pathway Leader for MMus Sonic Arts
Co-Head of SPR – the Unit for Sound Practice Research
Co-Director of LAURA – Leverhulme Trust Aural Diversity Doctoral Research Hub
Deputy Director of CHASE – Consortium for Humanities and Arts in South-East England

Academic qualifications

  • BMus (Hons), University of Wales, Bangor 1995
  • MMus, University of East Anglia 1996
  • PhD, Dartington College of Arts: ‘Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound’ 2001
  • Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control 2012

Teaching and Supervision

Supervised & Co-supervised more than 20 doctoral researchers to completion (Dr Carter Weleminsky, Dr Sam Murray, Dr Marie Ohno, Dr Chris DeLaurenti, Dr Gregorio Fontaine, Dr Annie Goh, Dr Claudia Martinho, Dr Tine Blom, Dr James Bulley, Dr Tommaso Perego, Dr Emmanuel Spinelli, Dr Antonis Antoniou, Dr Marcus Leadley, Dr Lucia H. Chung, Dr Ruth Hawkins, Dr Kathrine Sandys, Dr Dawn Scarfe, Dr Tsai-Wei Chen, Dr John Wynne).

Current PhD supervising:

Ayşe Köklü: Learning to Whistle, Whistling to Learn: Developing an embodied pedagogy of, and with, the endangered whistled language Kuşdili (‘Birdlanguage’) (Lead Supervisor Prof. Tara Page)

Shelley Calhoun-scullion: Immigrant Noise, and the Infrapolitical Space of Michigan (Co-supervisor Dr Holly Rogers)

Mattia Cobianchi (CHASE, CDA with Noise Abatement Society) Liveable Listenable Cities: inclusive soundscape co-design through creative conflict resolution and urban sound art (Co-supervisors: Lisa Lavia & Prof Jonny Freeman)

Chris Cook: (CHASE) Hearing and listening with dementia: Auraldiversity, sonic ethnography, and personhood​.

Nina Danon (CHASE) Musical Neuroqueering: Expanding Neurodivergence Through Music and Music through Neurodivergence.

Konstantinos Damianakis: Sonic Entanglements: Adventures in Molluscan Listening (Co-supervisor Dr Jol Thoms)

Midori Komachi: (CHASE): Takemitsu and the Steel Pavilion: Spatial Timbre as a parameter of composition (Co-supervisor Dr Holly Rogers)

Sophia Loizou: (CHASE) Irregular territories: sonic fiction as a mode of ecological sound arts practice (Co-supervisor Dr Ayesha Hameed)

Jiaxi Xie: Diaspora, Collective Memory and War: Exploration of Music and Sound of the Karen at Thai-Burmese Border (Lead supervisor Prof Barley Norton)

Research interests

Bridging sonic arts, acoustics, soundscapes, ecology and urban design, Drever has devised experiences and practice research projects related to sound, environments, listening and hearing in many different contexts and configurations, often in collaboration. He is a member of Blind Ditch. Commissions include: Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris (1999); Shiga National Museum, Japan (2012); Trumpington Park Primary School, Cambridge (2021-22); IMMA, Dublin (2023); Enclave, Mexico (2023).

Following his PhD at Dartington College of Arts, Drever co-ordinated ‘Sounding Dartmoor - a participative soundscape study’. In 1998 he co-founded the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (affiliated with the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) for whom he chaired Sound Practice (Dartington College of Art 2001), the first conference on soundscapes in the UK.

In 2003 he was AHRC and Arts Council of England, Arts and Science Research Fellow with Centre for Computational Creativity, City University, London, exploring AI and spatial audio performance systems.

Following his acoustic study of the impact of 'ecological' hand dryers on accessibility, Drever calls for a new paradigm for understanding hearing that extends from a medical classification of the otologically normal to a socio-cultural concept of auraltypical, heralding a new agenda of aural diversity and aural relativism. First presenting this concept at Harvard University in 2013, he subsequently presented and widely published, including the creation of sound works, most recently on asymmetrical spatial perception. With Prof Andrew Hugill he co-edited Aural Diversity (Routledge 2022) and co-directs Aural Diversity and LAURA.

In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, a Visiting Research Fellow at Seian University of Art and Design, Japan, in 2012-13, and a Guest Professor in The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University in 2016.

Publications and research outputs

Composition

Drever, John L. and Lara, Rossana. 2023. Paisajes sonoros en particular [Otoño 2023] / Soundscapes in Particular [Autumn 2023].

Drever, John L.. 2020. Covid Crepusculars #1.

Drever, John L.. 2019. Sanitary Tones: Ayre #3 [Leicester].

Drever, John L.. 2019. Sanitary Tones: Ayre #3 [Kelston].

Drever, John L. and Upton, Lawrence. 2016. Porth Dances & Sings.

Drever, John L.. 2016. Sanitary tones: ayre #2. [Dan Dryer].

Drever, John L. and Cook, Christopher. 2015. Acoustic ecology of great places.

Drever, John L.. 2014. Sublime-sound-of-the-one-hand [Ryōan-ji].

Drever, John L.. 2013. Litany of the Hand Dryers.

Drever, John L.. 2013. sanitary tones: ayre #1[Airblade].

Drever, John L.; Ishikawa, Ryo and Okada, Shuji. 2012. Shizengaku.

Upton, Lawrence and Drever, John L.. 2011. NAMELY for Peter Manson.

Drever, John L.. 2010. “The Language of Place: Festival Walk, Harbour City”, Field Recordings selected by Duncan Whitley for ‘The language of place', Audiolab10, March 2010..

Drever, John L.. 2009. Sounding Dartmoor - a public soundscape study.

Drever, John L.. 2007. audience : hearing.

Drever, John L.. 2006. -scape [Goodwin Sands].

Drever, John L.. 2006. Cattle Grids of Dartmoor.

Drever, John L.. 2005. Close to the Literal.

Drever, John L.. 2003. Phonographies of Exeter.

Drever, John L.. 2002. Sounding Dartmoor.

Drever, John L.. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong.

Performance

Drever, John L.. 2023. Setting Foot on the Dreams of Euclid. In: "In Focus: Tim Robinson's Life & Work", The Irish Museum of Modern Art (Áras Nua-Ealaíne na hÉireann) – IMMA, Ireland, 10 August 2023.

Drever, John L. and Thatcher, Tony. 2010. -scape [Goodwins] - making horizontal (The Pavilion Gallery). In: "Royal Geographical Society, Institute ofBritish Geographers,Annual InternationalConference", Pavilion Gallery, Royal Geographical Society, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2003. Deptford Soundwalk. In: "Magnified Ear", Deptford, United Kingdom, 11 June 2023.

Project

Drever, John L.. 2021. Hearing in Particular: From Auraltypical to Auraldiverse Practice.

Bulley, James; Sahin, Ozden; Spinelli, Emmanuel; Tanaka, Atau; Hosang, Georgina M.; Cubitt, Sean; Drever, John L. and Kanngieser, Anja. 2014. Sound and the City (Natural History Museum).

Aceti, Lanfranco; Jefferies, Janis K.; Sondergaard, Morten; Stallabrass, Julian; Bulley, James; Drever, John L.; Munro, Jonathan; Noy, Irene and Sahin, Ozden. 15 - 17 May 2014 Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art.

Drever, John L.. 2012. Sanitary Ambiance: the noise effects of high speed hand dryers.

Audio

Drever, John L.. 2023. The Rest Is Just Noise: Auraldiversity with John Drever.

Drever, John L.. 2022. Excuse英國腔! E49: London Street Noises.

Drever, John L.. 2007. Disappearing Soundmarks.

Drever, John L.. 2004. Architectural Soundmarks.

Drever, John L.. 2003. Phonographies: Glasgow, Frankfurt, Exeter.

Drever, John L.. 2001. Sounding Soundscape Composition.

Article

Drever, John L. and Bharat, Vinita. 2023. Auraldiversity: Do you hear differently? Frontiers for Young Minds, ISSN 2296-6846

Drever, John L. and Oswald, Alice. 2021. Listening In on a Dawn Springtime Walk by the River Dart with John Levack Drever and Alice Oswald. Interim, 38(3), ISSN 2475-8191

Drever, John L.; Cobianchi, Mattia and Yildirim, Aysegul. 2021. London Street Noises: A Ground-Breaking Field Recording Campaign from 1928. Acoustics, 3(1), pp. 118-136. ISSN 2624-599X

Cobianchi, Mattia; Drever, John L. and Lavia, Lisa. 2021. Adaptive soundscape design for liveable urban spaces: a hybrid methodology across environmental acoustics and sonic art. Cities & Health, 5(1-2), pp. 127-132. ISSN 2374-8834

Drever, John L.. 2019. ‘Primacy of the Ear’ – But Whose Ear?: the case for auraldiversity in sonic arts practice and discourse. Organised Sound, 24(1), pp. 85-95. ISSN 1355-7718

Drever, John L.. 2015. Sublime-sound-of-the-one-hand [Ryōan-ji]. FocaalBlog, associated with Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology,

Drever, John L.. 2013. Impact on vulnerable sub-groups from ultra-rapid hand dryers. Acoustics Bulletin, 38(6), ISSN 0308-437X

Drever, John L.. 2011. Loo Roles. SoundScape Ezine(2), pp. 57-59.

Drever, John L.. 2008. Review: Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter, Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 28(3), pp. 301-303. ISSN 0272-4944

Young, Michael W.; Drever, John L.; Grierson, Mick and Stonehouse, Ian. 2008. Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios: 40 Years. International Computer Music Conference Proceedings 2008, pp. 315-318.

Drever, John L.. 2007. The Dilemma of Noise. Earshot 5: Noise: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies, pp. 3-4.

Drever, John L.. 2005. Bump in the Night: Some Reflections on Night Listening. Earshot(5), pp. 22-25.

Drever, John L.. 2005. Of Click and Glitch. Resonance Magazine, 10(1), pp. 52-53.

Drever, John L.. 2004. Review: Steven Johnson (ed.), The New York School of Music and Visual Arts. The Art Book, 11(4), pp. 45-46.

Drever, John L.. 2004. Sound Fetish Tendencies. Noisegate(12), pp. 4-14.

Drever, John L.. 2002. Sounding Dartmoor: A case study on the soundscapes of rural England at the opening of the 21st Century. World Forum for Acoustic Ecology,

Drever, John L.. 2002. Soundscape composition: the convergence of ethnography and acousmatic music. Organised Sound, 7(1), pp. 21-27. ISSN 1355-7718

Drever, John L.. 1999. The exploitation of 'tangible ghosts': conjectures on soundscape recording and its reappropriation in sound art. Organised Sound, 4(1), pp. 25-29.

Book Section

Drever, John L.. 2023. Aural Diverse Spatial Perception: From Paracusis to Panacusis Loci. In: John L. Drever, ed. The Routledge Companion to the Sound of Space. Abingdon: Routledge.

Drever, John L.. 2023. Re-Walking and Re-Hearing the Deptford Soundwalk. In: John Drever, ed. Magnified Ear. London: APT Gallery & Curating Matters, pp. 9-20. ISBN 9781739731731

Henriques, Julian F.; Jauniaux, Eric; Thibaut de Maisiers, Aude and Gélat, Pierre. 2022. Sound Before Birth: Foetal Hearing and the Auditory Environment of the Womb. In: John L. Drever and Andrew Hugill, eds. Aural Diversity. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 27-41. ISBN 9781032024998

Drever, John L. and Hugill, Andrew. 2022. Aural Diversity: General Introduction. In: John L. Drever and Andrew Hugill, eds. Aural Diversity. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781032025001

Drever, John L.. 2022. Phonating Hand Dryers: exploits in product and environmental acoustics, and aural diverse composition and co-composition. In: John L. Drever and Andrew Hugill, eds. Aural Diversity. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 43-54. ISBN 9781032025001

Drever, John L.. 2021. Sound Art: Hearing in Particular. In: Jane Grant; John Matthias and David Prior, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Sound Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190274054

Drever, John L.. 2020. Listening as Methodological Tool: Sounding Soundwalking Methods. In: Michael Bull and Marcel Cobussen, eds. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 599-613. ISBN 9781501338779

Drever, John L.. 2019. Soundscape Composition: Listening to Context and Contingency. In: Michael Filimowicz, ed. Foundations in Sound Design for Linear Media: A Multidisciplinary Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 358-379. ISBN 9781138093966

Drever, John L.. 2017. Field Recording Centered Composition Practices: negotiating the “out-there” with the “in-here". In: M. Cobussen; V. Meelberg and B. Truax, eds. The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art. New York: Routledge, pp. 71-80. ISBN 978-1-138-78061-3

Drever, John L.. 2016. Ochlophonic Study: Hong Kong. In: R. Cox; A. Irving and Chris Wright, eds. Beyond Text?: Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 110-111. ISBN 978-07190-8505-5

Drever, John L.. 2014. John Levack Drever: Creative Sound Thresholds. In: Stephen Piccolo, ed. BE OPEN: The Gallery of the Senses. Segrate, Milan, Italy: Mondadori, pp. 182-185. ISBN none

Drever, John L.. 2014. SHIZENGAKU [BIWA/BIWAKO]: SONIC COMPLEMENT, COUNTERPOINT OR INTERPENETRATION? In: Kazuto Yamamoto and Naomi Matsumoto, eds. SHIZENGAKU: the Search for a Coming Aestethetic. Kyoto: Nakanishiya, pp. 52-61. ISBN 978-4-7795-0791-5

Drever, John L.. 2009. Sound effect – object – event. Endemic and exogenous electro-acoustic sound practices in theatre. In: Ross Brown, ed. Sound: a reader in theatre practice. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., pp. 188-205. ISBN 9780230551886

Drever, John L.. 2009. Soundwalking: Aural Excursions into the Everyday. In: James Saunders, ed. The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 163-192. ISBN 0754662822

Drever, John L.. 2007. Nostophonics: approaches to grasping everyday sounds from a British perspective. In: Ros Bandt; Michelle Duffy and Dolly MacKinnon, eds. Hearing Places. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 161-173. ISBN 9781847182555

Drever, John L.. 2007. Topophonophilia: a study on the relationship between the sounds of Dartmoor and the people who live there. In: Angus Carlyle, ed. Autumn Leaves: Sound and the Environment in Artistic Practice. London: Double Entendre & CRISAP, pp. 98-100. ISBN 09548074-3

Broadcast

Drever, John L.. 2023. BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature – Tuner of the World.

Conference or Workshop Item

Drever, John L.. 2023. 'On Acoustic Ecology'. In: Architecture and the Ear. Solus Ceramics, Farringdon, United Kingdom 5 October 2023.

Drever, John L.. 2023. 'Timothy Drever / Tim Robinson – nature and nurture'. In: Remembering Tim and Máiréad Robinson. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 2 July 2023.

Drever, John L.. 2023. 'Paracusis Loci to Otoloci– Spatial Perception in Auraldiversity'. In: Aural Diversity Network: Workshop 5 Music & Performance. University of Leicester, United Kingdom 21 - 22 January 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'Field Recording and Noise Abatement'. In: Lecture Series: Sound, Ecology and Climate Changing. Music and Recording Art School, Communication University of China, China 22 November 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'Auraldiversity - from hearing as universal to hearing in particular'. In: Sound Studies Lecture Series, Sound Environment Centre at Lund University. Lund University, Sweden 17 November 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'London Street Noises'. In: Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment 2022. University of Kent, United Kingdom 28-30 October 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'Clairaudience meets Auraldiversity'. In: Study Day: R. Murray Schafer’s Ecologies of Music and Sound Re-examined. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada 30 September 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'Aural Diverse: Hearing within Responsible Soundscapes of Tourism and Hospitality'. In: International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality 2022 (ICRTH2022), Sarawak Research Society (SRS). Sarawak, Malaysia 1 - 3 September 2022.

Drever, John L.; Cobianchi, Mattia and Pérez, Carmen Rosas. 2022. 'Auraltypical acoustics? A critical review of acoustical foundations, standards and practices'. In: Internoise 2022: The 51st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering. Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom 21 - 24 August 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'Towards an auraldiverse practice'. In: CSIPM - Centro Superior de Investigación Y Promoción de la Música. Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, Madrid, Spain 17 May 2022.

Drever, John L.. 2022. 'Creating A Buzz!'. In: Creating A Buzz! Insect Sound Workshop. Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, United Kingdom 6 April 2022.

Drever, John L.; Cobianchi, Mattia and Lavia, Lisa. 2021. 'Integrating soundscape in healthy urban design and planning: perspectives for sustainable futures'. In: Healthy City Design International 2021 (HCD2021). London, United Kingdom 11–14 October 2021.

Drever, John L.. 2021. 'Acoustic Environments of Place, Heritage and Wellbeing'. In: International Webinar: Sound, Healing, & Nature in Experiential Travel. Universiti Putra Malaysia & Sarawak Research Society, Malaysia 1 October 2021.

Drever, John L.. 2021. 'Overlooked histories of acoustic ecology and field/ soundscape recording'. In: Sonic Legacies: Ludwig Koch and the Sound of the Environment. MeCCSA Sound Studies Network, United Kingdom 16 September 2021.

Drever, John L.; Cobianchi, Mattia and Yildirim, Aysegul. 2021. 'London Street Noises – A historical armchair soundwalk in Beauchamp Place'. In: BEAST FEaST 2021. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2020. 'Tinnitus, Auraldiversity and the Arts'. In: The BTA (British Tinnitus Association) Virtual Conference 2020. Online, United Kingdom 5 – 9 October 2020.

Drever, John L.. 2020. 'Primacy of the Ear – But Whose Ear?: The Case for Auraldiversity in Sound and Music Practice and Discourse'. In: Royal Musical Association 56th Annual Conference. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 8 – 10 September 2020.

Drever, John. 2020. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: The Noise Effects From Ultra-Rapid “Ecological” Hand Dryers on Vulnerable Subgroups'. In: HAVENS First Virtual Symposium – Group of researchers interested in the soundscapes of healthcare. TU Delft, Netherlands 15th July 2020.

Drever, John L.. 2020. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: The Noise Effects From Ultra-Rapid “Ecological” Hand Dryers on Vulnerable Subgroups'. In: HAVENS: First meeting (Group of researchers interested in the soundscapes of healthcare). Online, United Kingdom 15 July 2020.

Drever, John L.. 2020. 'Sound Summit 3: Are you listening? Acoustic environments and the politics of sound, noise and silence'. In: Sound Summit 3. Institute for Advanced Studies, Loughborough University, United Kingdom 16 June 2020.

Drever, John L.. 2019. 'Phonating Hand Dryers: exploits in aural diverse composition and co-composition'. In: The first Aural Diversity Conference. University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2018. 'Sound Affects: Exploring the connections between sound and wellbeing - RNTNEH'. In: Sound Affects: Exploring the connections between sound and wellbeing. Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2018. 'Sound Affects: Sound & Wellbeing – Manchester'. In: Sound Affects: Sound & Wellbeing – Manchester. Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2018. 'The Role of Improvisation in Auraldiverse Soundwalking'. In: Space, Sound and the Improvisatory: Methods, Technologies and Theories for Improvising with Natural and Built Environments. Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece.

Drever, John L. and Cobianchi, Mattia. 2018. 'Liveable Listenable Cities: Human-Centred Planning and Appraisal of Applied Soundscape Design for an Auraldiverse Population — An Introduction'. In: Crafting a Sonic Urbanism. MSH Paris Nord, France.

Drever, John L.. 2018. 'Sound Affects: Sound & Wellbeing – Brighton'. In: Sound Affects: Sound & Wellbeing – Brighton. The Rose Hill Tavern, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2017. 'The Case For Auraldiversity In Acoustic Regulations And Practice: The Hand Dryer Noise Story'. In: 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24). Westminster, London, United Kingdom 23-27 July 2017.

Drever, John L.. 2015. 'Sensitive Hearing in an Auraltypical World'. In: Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics, CRASSH. University of Cambridge.

Drever, John L.. 2015. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: The Noise Effects From Ultra-Rapid “Ecological” Hand Dryers On Vulnerable Subgroups In Publicly Accessible Toilets'. In: 2nd International Conference on Hyperacusis (ICH2). Birkbeck College, University of London.

Drever, John L.. 2015. 'Topophonophobia – the space and place of acute hearing'. In: Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound. Harvard University, United States.

Drever, John L.. 2014. 'Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape.'. In: Sound, Noise and the Everyday: Soundscapes in China. Aarhus University, Denmark.

Drever, John L.. 2014. 'Sound Art Curator as de facto Acoustician'. In: Sound Art Curating Conference: Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2014. 'Sensitive Hearers and Particular Hearing Requirements Within the Urban Soundscape'. In: Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship: an interdisciplinary conference. University of Limerick.

Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid energy-efficient hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups – a listening approach'. In: Symposium on Acoustic Ecology. The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sounding Space & Public Space'. In: Sounding Space Symposium - BE OPEN. Chelsea College of Art & Design, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects of high-speed hand dryers'. In: Sound Diaries Symposium 2013. SARU, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Sanitary Soundscapes: the noise effects from ultra-rapid “ecological” hand dryers on vulnerable subgroups in publicly accessible toilets'. In: AIA-DAGA 2013, the joint Conference on Acoustics, European Acoustics Association Euroregio, 39th annual congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik and the 40th annual congress of the Associazione Italiana di Acustica. Marano, Italy.

Drever, John L.. 2013. 'Silent Soundwalking: an urban pedestrian soundscape methodology'. In: AIA-DAGA 2013, the joint Conference on Acoustics, European Acoustics Association Euroregio, 39th annual congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik and the 40th annual congress of the Associazione Italiana di Acustica. Merano, Italy.

Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Session 9 reflections: Listening to and sounding soundscapes'. In: Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice. Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Soundwalking in the City: a socio-spatio-temporal sound practice'. In: 5th International Symposium on Temporal Design. Sheffield, United Kingdom 21-22 July 2011.

Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Sanitary Ambiance: a study of current auditory ambiances of public toilets in England'. In: Urban Design and Urban Society - The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 3rd International Ambiance Network Conference 2011. The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

Drever, John L.. 2011. 'Ochlophonia Hong Kong SAR: audition, speech and feedback from within the crowded soundscape'. In: Phonography Colloquium. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L. and Thatcher, Tony. 2010. '-scape [Goodwins] - making horizontal'. In: Royal Geographical Society, Institute of British Geographers,Annual InternationalConference. Pavilion Gallery, Royal Geographical Society, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2010. 'What would you like your city to sound like?: ideological and ethical musings on urban soundscape design in 2010'. In: Ideologies and Ethics in the Uses and Abuses of Sound. University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland.

Drever, John L.. 2010. 'Round table discussion'. In: Lost Sound by John Smith. Royal College of Art, Curating Contemporary Art Ma Programme, Cafe Oto, London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.; Thatcher, Tony and Redding, Emma. 2010. '-scape [Goodwins] – making horizontal'. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference. The Royal Geographical Society, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Soundwalking as compositional practice?'. In: ‘Sensewalking: sensory walking methods for social scientists’ - Royal Geographical Society with the IBG Annual Conference. University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2009. 'The vagaries of sound fx: supposed sounding and listening through the history of recorded sound'. In: Theatre Noise. Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Plenary Speaker'. In: Sound, soundscapes and sonic environments. The Open University, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Round table discussion'. In: Cornelius Cardew: Play for Today: A Symposium. The Drawing Room and the ICA, London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2009. 'Round table discussion'. In: Sonification. Theatre Noise, Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2008. 'Topophonophilia and Topophonophobia'. In: Cartografías de la Escucha. Sonido y lugar, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Drever, John L.. 2008. 'Ochlophonics Hong Kong: everyday sound practices within the crowd'. In: Music, Sound, and the Music, Sound, and the Re-configuration of Public and Private Space. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2008. 'The sound of cattle grids'. In: So Far… arts, spatialisation and memory. Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Soundscape sensibilities as expressed and betrayed in composition'. In: Beyond Text?: Synaesthetic and Sensory Practices in Anthropology - 10th Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival Of Ethnographic Film. University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Soundscapes and acoustic ecology - origins and prospects'. In: Sounder Spaces. Julian Huxley Lecture Theatre, London Zoo, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Soundwalking: methods of listening in situ to the city'. In: SeneScapes. University of Salford, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2007. 'Topophonophilia: the rapport between place, space, sentiment and sound’'. In: School of Creative Media. City University of Hong Kong, China.

Drever, John L.. 2006. 'Field Work: From Arm-chair to Open-air Research in Sonic Arts'. In: Doctoral Research Conference, Digital Music Research Network. United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2006. 'Architect-Sonics: Heritage of Sound, Music and Architecture'. In: 4x4 Making Places Leeds: Building Sounds (Architecture and Music). Leeds College of Music, Architecture Week, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2005. 'Topophonics & Nostophonics: the role of sound in the golden era of British documentary film'. In: Expo 966. University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2005. 'Topophonophilia: a study on the relationship between the sounds of Dartmoor and the people who live there'. In: The International Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers). London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.; Melo, Andres and Wiggins, Geraint. 2005. 'Electroacoustic performance interfaces that learn from their users'. In: International Computer Music Conference. Barcelona, Spain.

Drever, John L.. 2005. 'Topophonique, Ochlophonique, Nostophonique et Pataphonique: trois études de cas'. In: Technologie imaginaire; approche pataphysique de la musique. Sorbonne, France.

Drever, John L.. 2004. 'Audio-Vision: Cause and Effect?'. In: The State of Affairs II: Listening to Vision - Looking at Sound. Sonic Arts Department, Middlesex University, Conway Hall, London, United Kingdom.

Drever, John L.. 2004. 'Topophonophilia: the relationship between sound, sentiment and place'. In: Zeppelin2004: Ecologia Acústica. Etica y Estética en la idea de Paisaje Sonoro. Festival of sound art, Caos->Sonoscop, CaixaFòrum, Barcelona, Spain.

Drever, John L.. 2001. 'The Sublime in Acousmatic Music: Listening to the Unpresentable'. In: Music Without Walls? Music Without Instruments?. De Montfort, United Kingdom 21-23 June.

Digital

Drever, John L.; Jackson, Emma; Rondel, Louise; Weleminsky, Carter Joseph; Cook, Christopher; Cobianchi, Mattia and Leadley, Marcus. 2021. Sounding the River Quaggy.

Drever, John L.. 2009. Q&A with an acoustic ecologist, BBC World Service.

Edited Book

Drever, John L. and Hugill, Andrew, eds. 2022. Aural Diversity. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032025001

Drever, John L., ed. 2001. Proceedings of 'Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC conference on sound, culture and environments'. UK and Ireland Soundscape Community.

Edited Journal

Bulley, James; Sahin, Ozden; Drever, John L. and Aceti, Lanfranco, eds. 2018. Special Issue on Sound Curating, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 22(3). 1071-4391

Povall, R; Drever, John L.; Hartley, J; Wallen, J and Zakis, R, eds. 2015. Special issue: ‘Arts And Ecology: Emerging Uses For Digital Technologies’, Digital Creativity, 26(1). 1462-6268

Drever, John L., ed. 2007. Noise: Debates, Strategies and Methodologies, Earshot 5, .

Show/Exhibition

Drever, John L. and Murdin, Alex. 2022. Mothratorium. In: "Insect Breeding Institute", Trumpington Park Primary School, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Thesis

Drever, John L.. 2001. Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound. Doctoral thesis, University of Plymouth

Further profile content

Research projects

1928-2023: London Street Noises
A longitudinal acoustics and soundscape study of London through field recording.

2003-2004: Electronic Music Performance Interfaces that Learn from their Users
Arts Council of England & AHRB Arts and Science Research Fellow with Centre for Computational Creativity, City University

2000-2001: Sounding Dartmoor - a public soundscape study
In collaboration with The Touring Exhibition of Sound Environments (TESE), Aune Head Arts, and the Digital Crowd, University of Plymouth.

Media engagements

2023: BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature – Tuner of the World
Written and presented by John Drever. Produced by Rami Tzabar. A TellTale Industries production for BBC Radio 3.

2023: Auraldiversity with John Drever
Podcast: The Rest Is Just Noise

2018: London Street Noises
Interviewed by David Sillitoe for Today, BBC Radio 4

2020: Sound and the City, ‘The Urbanist’
Interviewed on Sound and the City, ‘The Urbanist’, monocle.com podcast (2015 & 2020)

2013: High Speed Hand Dryers & Cattle Grids of Dartmoor
Interviewed by David Sillitoe for Today, BBC Radio 4

2009: Q&A with an acoustic ecologist
BBC World Service

Awards

2023, Tuner of the World, Nominated for Prix Europa, Audio Documentary Category, 2023.
2021, Covid Crepusculars #1, Winner of the Worst Sound Category, Sound of the Year Awards 2020, New BBC Radiophonic Workshop
2019-20, London Street Noises, Special Award for Socially Distanced Public Engagement, Warden’s Annual Public, Engagement Awards 2020, Goldsmiths, University of London
1997, Second Prize for Autonomous Art Electroacoustic Music, Musica Nova 97, International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Prague
1996, Special Prize for Electroacoustic Music, Musica Nova 96, International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Prague

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