Points of reference
Current environmentally concerned sound art and science is in a similar situation that was resolved within the field of visual arts in the beginning of the 1990s. Since then the work of environmentally oriented artists was more or less recognised as a distinct movement in its own right. This open list is an attempt to bring together some names of people, initiatives and institutions approaching and thinking about sound in such a way that it resonates within the general critical environmental agenda of today. Not necessary it collides with musicians using field recordings as a material for their music composition, sound work, sound installations, radiophony etc. As well, the profession of artist or scientist is necessarily not conditional.
Cheryl Tipp is the British Library’s Curator of Wildlife & Environmental Sounds. With a background in zoology and library services, Cheryl has spent many years looking after the Library’s world - renowned collection of over 250,000 species and habitat recordings.
Viktoria Tkaczyk is full professor in the Department of Musicology and Media Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and co-speaker of the International Max Planck Research School “Knowledge and Its Resources: Historical Reciprocities.” She has published widely on the history of early modern and modern aviation, archi
Zoe Todd (she/they) (Red River Métis) is a practice-led artist-researcher who studies the relationships between Indigenous sovereignty and freshwater fish futures in Canada. As a Métis anthropologist and researcher-artist, Dr.
Cobi van Tonder is an interdisciplinary artist who has presented over 40 works worldwide, including concerts and exhibitions in Japan, Korea, USA, Ireland, UK, Germany, South Africa and Greece. Her innovative art/science hybrid projects involve the creation of new technological interfaces or software to enable artistic ideas.
David Toop (born 1949) is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London. Since 1970 he has worked in many fields of sound art, listening practice and music, including improvisation, sound installations and video works, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance.
Barry Truax is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication (and formerly the School for the Contemporary Arts) at Simon Fraser University where he taught courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music.
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (1952) is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Niels Bohr Professor in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Toshiya Tsunoda is a Japanes sound artist (Born in 1964 in Kanagawa, Japan), known for using field recordings and sound collages. He studied oil painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he received an MFA.
Banu Çiçek Tülü (Adana/Turkey, 1984) is an artist, researcher and DJ with a background in urban design from South-East Turkey based in Berlin. She develops her ideas and research by using sound as a primary medium and sonic methodologies.
Aino Tytti is a sound recordist, sound artist and composer.
Tetsuya Umeda (born 1980) one of the leading artists working with sound installation and performance. Umeda employs minimal electronic means to produce sound from everyday objects, such as balloons, fans, tin cans and dog whistles, in a transparent process that takes place before the viewers' eyes.
Mario de Vega (born in Mexico City, 1979) is sound and visual artist. His work includes site-specific interventions, sculpture, dramaturgy, publications and psychoacoustic phenomena that frequently push the limits of audio perception.
David Velez (born 1973) is a sound artist / composer, born in Bogotá, Colombia. His work with sonic art and experimental music focuses on how the acoustic experience can help expand and rediscover the way in which we experience and understand our tangible and intangible surroundings.
Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and sound artist who transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment.
Salomé Voegelin is a Swiss artist and writer based in London, engaged in listening as a socio-political practice of sound. Her work and writing deal with sound, the world sound makes: its aesthetic, social and political realities that are hidden by the persuasiveness of a visual point of view.
Chris Watson began his sound-inspired quest in Sheffield in 1971 as a founder member of the Dadaist performance group Cabaret Voltaire. Since 1981, he has branched out into other related areas and developed an interest in sound recording techniques and the art of letting sounds be themselves.
Claudia Wegener working under the name "Radio Continental Drift", has been recording sounds across Southern Africa for the past ten years. Claudia was a founding member of the artists’ group Foreign Investment.
Eyal Weizman is the founder and director of Forensic Architecture and professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where in 2005 the founded the Centre for Research Architecture.
Hildegard Westerkamp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1946 and emigrated to Canada in 1968. After completing her music studies at the University of British Columbia in the early seventies she joined the World Soundscape Project under the direction of R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University.
Simon Whetham has developed a practice of working with sonic activity as a raw material for creation. He uses environmental sound, employing a variety of methods and techniques in order to obtain often unnoticed and obscured sonic phenomena.
Louise K Wilson is a visual artist who makes installations, live works, sound works and single channel videos. Processes of research are central to her practice and she frequently involves the participation of individuals from industry, museums, medicine and the scientific community in the making of work.
Jana Winderen is a former marine biologist and an artist who currently lives and works in Norway. Her practice pays particular attention to audio environments and to creatures which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally – deep under water, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear.
Mark Peter Wright is an artist-researcher working at the intersection of sound, ecology and contemporary art. His practice investigates relations of capture and mediation between humans and nonhumans, sites and technologies, observers and subjects.
Aaron Ximm is a San Francisco-based field recordist and sound artist. Since 1998 his Quiet American project has focused on constructing new soundscapes from the intimate recordings he collects while traveling. Ximm's recordings and compositions have appeared in a variety of contexts, including galleries, performances, and on the radio.
Jan Zalasiewicz is Emeritus Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, having started his career at the British Geological Survey. He is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group, and chairs the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, of the International Commission on Stratigraphy.