Leah Barclay | The Listen(n) Symposium
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The Listen(n) Symposium

The Listen(n) Symposium

The Listen(n) Project has grown into a major community partnership focused on the Acoustic Ecology of the SW deserts of America.  With the largest online database of field recordings available at http://listen.ame.asu.edu and an ongoing program of community workshops and embodied interactive media applications, the project takes this chance to reflect on sound as a powerful media in place making and to raise awareness of the importance of acoustic ecologies in general. Please spread the word.

The symposium features scholarly and creative presentations, including research papers, panel discussions, musical performances, installations, and sound walks and a welcome from Tohono O’odham musicians.  It provides a forum for a growing body of scholarship and creative activities on acoustic ecologies and sustainability issues of American Southwest desert.

October 16 – ASU Art Museum – Keynote

The keynote address at the ASU Art Museum on October 16 features Dr. Sabine Breitsameter (Berlin/Darmstadt), Professor for Sound and Media Culture at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

You can RSVP for the Keynote by the stella EU scholar Prof. Sabine Breitsameter


The keynote will be proceeded by a community engagement in making John Cages 49 Waltzes for the Tempe campus (3:00-5:30) and a concert of John Cages Child of Tree by Simone Mancuso (5:30), and opening remarks from Tamara Underiner, Associate Dan, Research, HIDA, and will be followed by an opening reception at the ASU Art Museum. 

October 17 – GIOS, Symposium

The day begins with an opening welcome and blessing by “Kieg Mek Ne’edham kc Kehindam” from the Gu Achi District, Tohono O’odham Nation, led by Simon Lopez, traditional singer, curer, and cowboy.  It also features presentations from the Chair of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Eric Leonardson and the founder of the Balance-Unbalance conference, Ricardo Dal Farra with opening remarks from the Director of IHR, Sally Kitch and a presentation and demo of the EcoRift system for Oculus Rift developed as part of the Listen(n) project to enable remote visitation to national park environments by the elderly and disabled. 


The schedule of the entire day is here


The closing concert at the ASU Art Museum features new musical works composed from the sounds of the SW Deserts recoded as part of the Listen(n) Project by leading acoustic ecology composers include Ros Bandt (AU), Leah Barclay (AU), Douglas Quin (USA), Ricardo Dal Farra (CDN), and Garth Paine (USA/AU).  


Hosted by the ASU Art Museum of the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts  and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Funding support: Institute for Humanities Research, Herberger Institute, and the Schools of Music, Arts Media and Engineering and International Letters and Cultures, ASU.