Listening to and Sounding Soundscapes

30 June 2011
6pm to 9pm -Room 407, 30 Russell Square, WC1B 5DT

Drever will facilitate a hands on / ear tuning workshop on methods of listening to and transcribing the spatiality of the soundscape and its acoustic architecture. The workshop will explore a spectrum of creative methods and technologies, attending both to airborne and structure borne sound. Conceptually underpinning these approaches will be a discussion on salient socio-spatial behavior in crowded soundcapes, which Drever calls “ochlophonia”

John Levack Drever is a sonic artist and soundscape researcher with a focus on the minutiae of everyday soundscapes, background noise and human utterance. He is a Senior Lecturer in Composition and head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. During 2001-2 he was a Research Assistant for the Digital Crowd (University of Plymouth) co-ordinating Sounding Dartmoor, a soundscape study of Dartmoor and from 2003-04 he was an ACE/AHRB Arts and Science Research Fellow with Centre for Computational Creativity, City University exploring electronic music performance interfaces that learn from their users. Drever was an elected director of Sonic Arts Network (2004-8) and is on the board of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (1999) to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (2002). He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. During the autumn semester 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Critical Intermedia Laboratory, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

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