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Art of Immersive Soundscapes

Art of Immersive Soundscapes

Paperback : 9780889772588, 240 pages, December 2013

Table of contents

Acknowledgements  Prologue: Wildurban —Charlie Fox  1. Introduction: The Art of Immersive Soundscapes —Pauline Minevich 
Histories 2. Beyond Sound and Listening: Urban Sound Installations and Perception —María Andueza Olmedo 
 3. Listening to Venice: Remarks on the Late Nono —David Ogborn 

 4. Ice + Air + Water + Dust: Sonifications of Global Environmental Phenomena —Andrea Polli
 5. Sonification of Satellite Data and the Process of Creating Visuals and Sounds for Regina —Craig A. Coburn and A. William Smith
 6. Waldviertel: A Soundscape Composition —Gabriele Proy  7. The Hills Are Alive … : The Wild Fruits Electroacoustic Soundscape Project —James Harley

Relationships 8. Send and Receive: Technology, Embodiment, and the Social in Digital Audio/Visual Art —Ellen Waterman  9. ITU: The Din of Recovery —John Wynne  10. An Imaginary Meeting: The Making of MotherVoiceTalk (2008) —Hildegard Westerkamp 
11. Shadow-walks: A Sound Art Project —Viv Corringham 
 12. Putting Concert Music Performance in Its Place: The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound as Installation —Peter Hatch 
 13. Toward a Wider Immersion in Sound Art —Darren Copeland  14. Artist Presentation: Journeys of the Human Spirit —Barry Truax 
 Works Cited 
 DVD Track Listing 


What is an immersive soundscape? It can be as simple as a recording made in a forest: leaves crunching underfoot, birds chirping, a squirrel chattering. Or it can be as complex as a movie soundtrack, which involves music but also uses many other sounds--to set the mood for the action and to literally put the viewer in the picture. Sound art defies categorization, and artists using this medium describe their work in many different ways: as sound installations, audio art, radio art, and music.

The Art of Immersive Soundscapes provides a fascinating tour of contemporary sound art practices that comprises scholarly essays, artists' statements, and a DVD with sonic and visual examples. Included are perspectives from soundscape composition and performance, site-specific sound installation, recording, and festival curation. The book and accompanying DVD will appeal to a broad audience interested in music, sound, installation art, the environment, digital culture, and media arts. Importantly, it recognizes the pioneering place of Canadian sound artists within this international field.