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Programme Environmental Futures
Department Academy of Music and Theatre Arts
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PhD Abstract

Thesis title

Wild Voices: understanding ecological changes in the natural world as signaled by the biophony

Abstract

Wild soundscapes are a unique expression of each and every habitat on earth and are being so radically altered they are either altogether silent or can no longer be heard in their original form. My research seeks to understand these rapid changes in the soundscape of wild habitats through the lens of soundscape ecology, and what this signifies for the natural world. Working with a number of historical recordings from the Bernie Krause Natural Sound Archive of global wild soundscapes I will revisit each site to make new field recordings. An integrated interdisciplinary analysis that draws upon sound-based fields from both creative and scientific disciplines will be utilised to compare the historical and contemporary field recordings. Through careful study of the biophony the aim is to detect, interpret and demonstrate ecological changes that have taken place over time via the soundscape.

Researcher bio

About the researcher

I am a specialist in wild soundscapes working on an interdisciplinary level as a composer, sound designer, and field recordist within the creative industries, and as a soundscape ecologist in the ecological sciences. Since 2012 I have developed work independently under the pen name Missing Wolf, and from 2017 I became an associate of Wild Sanctuary inc, the world's leading organisation in soundscape study and art. I am a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial trust in Science and Innovation and have lead soundscape research surveys in a number of the worlds remote and wild places. Professionally I have toured as a musician and created soundscape installations and compositions.

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Honours and awards

Professional Engagements

Research interests

  • Soundscape ecology
  • Ecoacoustics
  • Wild soundscapes
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Sound studies
  • Music,
  • Electroacoustic composition
  • Sound archives
  • Sonic art
  • Sound design
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Activism
  • Environmental philosophy

Areas of expertise

  • Soundscape ecology
  • Ecoacoustics
  • Sound design
  • Electroacoustic music
  • Music composition
  • Field recording