Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies


Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment. He initiated the “Favourite Sounds Project” to discover what people find positive about their everyday sound environment and ‘Sounds from Dangerous Places’ (sonic journalism) that investigates sites of major environmental damage such as the Caspian Sea oil fields and the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

'He produced 'Vermilion Sounds' - the environmental sound program - for ResonanceFM Radio, was a lecturer/research fellow at the University of the Arts, London. In 2011/12 he was invited as a DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin and began Berlin Sonic Places that examines relationships between soundscape and urban development.' His musical collaborators include David Toop, Steve Beresford, Terry Day, Clive Bell, Martyna Poznanska, Udo Noll, Max Eastley, Nic Collins and Viv Corringham. He is based in Berlin and London.

Mat Eric Hart, born 1988 in London, is an artist, composer, producer and sound recordist currently based in Provence, France. His work explores the territories of field recording, soundscape composition, sound design and sonic art through the medium of audio-naturalism - a practice deeply rooted in listening and connecting with the natural world. His journey on this path began as a volunteer at The British Library Sound Archive, immersing himself in listening to the vast database of sound recordings kept there. Working closely with the World & Traditional Music and Wildlife & Environmental Sounds collections and curators, he produced the soundscape installation for the public exhibition "Buddhism" (Oct 2019 - Feb 2020) held in The British Library's PACCAR Gallery. This experience inspired him to begin working on his own field project, which would become "The Mat Eric Hart Japan Collection". Published by The British Library in May 2021, the collection explores the relationship between sound and spirituality in Japanese culture, documenting cultural practices, rituals and performances through observing, studying and recording interactions with Japanese artists, traditional musics, festivals, natural environments and sacred spaces. Since relocating to France in 2019, he has committed himself to further exploring and developing his practice in his new environment. He has a close, creative working relationship with the radiophonic arts association Phonurgia Nova, with whom he has organised a series of well-received field recording workshops. He is the curator and producer of "Planète Hypnotique" - a quarterly radio transmission and open call platform commissioned by Chilean arts radio station "Radio Tsonami" exploring acoustic ecology, electro-acoustic and acousmatic works, field recording and soundscape composition.

"Profoundly inspired by the art of listening and the importance of being aware, mindful and understanding of the sonic spaces surrounding us. In searching for the point of recording, I find myself always in search for the spirit of the place."

contact: materichart@gmail.com

Magdaléna Manderlová (1991) is an artist, musician and composer. In recent years, she abandoned the visual media of painting and drawing, and works mainly with sound. In her artistic practice, Magdaléna works with listening as a tool to engage with the world. Through sound and listening, she pays attention to and communicates with a specific environment, and all the living creatures inhabiting these environments. Her works often take the form of site-specific sound installations, performances, artist books and texts, sonic essays and compositions. She graduated in the master's program in the painting department at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava, and in the international master's program at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU. In the past she performed as a singer-songwriter moin moin and was part of the Czech independent music scene. Nowadays, she performs in the context of experimental music. Magdalena lives and works in Trondheim, Norway.

contact: m.manderlova@gmail.com

Udo Noll is a media artist and graduated as a qualified engineer for photography and media technology at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. He lives and works in Berlin and Cologne and is the founder and developer of radio aporee, a platform for projects and practice in the areas of field recording / phonography, sound art and experimental radio. After numerous works in the field of net.art, e.g. Øtherlands (Documenta X 1997), Parole (Venice Biennial 2000) and H|u|m|b|o|t (ZKM 1999-2004), Noll increasingly engages with sound in his works, esp. field recordings, their sonic topographies and potential spatio-temporal configurations on both real environments and digital spaces.

Jan Trojan (born 1982 in Duchcov) graduated in music composition at the Teplice Conservatory and later at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he finished his PhD studies focusing on acoustic ecology and soundscape. He participated in a study programe at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (2011-12). In 2015-16, he was a Fulbright - Masaryk visiting scholar at the Centre For New Music and Technology, University of California, Berkeley. He works as music editor and sound designer at the Czech Radio and as tutor at the Faculty of Composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, specializing in electronic music. Jan is interested in sounds, silence and the space in between them.