Peter Ablinger (Born in Austria, 1959 Schwanenstadt) is an Austrian composer and sound artist. He first studied graphic arts and became enthused by free jazz. He completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he has lived in Berlin, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the University of Music in Graz.
Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies
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.
David Abram – (born June 24, 1957) cultural ecologist, geophilosopher, and performance artist – is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (Pantheon, 2010), and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Vintage, 1997). Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has been instrumental in catalyzing the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology.
John Luther Adams composes music which evokes the landscape and ecology of his Alaskan home, stemming from his conviction that “music can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding.
Ximena Alarcón is a sound artist and academic researcher interested in listening to in-between sonic spaces and how they are manifested in dreams, underground public transport and the migratory context. Connecting this to individual and collective memories, her practice involves deep listening, sonic improvisation, and the creation of online environments to expand our sense of belonging and place.
Jean-François Augoyard is senior researcher at CNRS in France. After studying philosophy (research on Giordano Bruno), aesthetics and musicology (Conservatoire National of Lyon and Gregorian Institute), he started teaching in the French national education system. He then carried out his doctorate in urban studies and practiced urban planning in Paris.
Mark Bain (1966) is an American contemporary sound and installation artist. His work focuses on the investigation of vibrational mechanics at the threshold between sound, science and architecture, often through the means of site-specific installations. He has also worked as a musician and founded Simulux, a research center for audio-visual practices. From 1986 to 1990, he attended the Cornish College of Art. After that, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the School of Arts Institute.
Karen Bakker studies the implications of digital innovation for governance and sustainability. Her current research project is situated at the confluence of two transformational trends: digitization and global environmental change. How are digital technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, blockchain, and digital bioacoustics) being mobilized to address biodiversity loss and climate change? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls?
Llorenç Barber (Valencia, 1948) is one of the mavericks of Spanish music. Departing from a passionate interest in John Cage - and particularly in ZAJ group (a sort of Spanish zen/ Dada collective) he has developed a unique musical language since his early minimalist-inspired compositions. With his portable set of bells, Barber plays long improvised pieces in which uses harmonic chant; a minimal chamber setting which recognizes links with the NY Downtown experimental scene from the seventies and eighties (he lived in New York in early '80's).
Leah Barclay is a composer and sound artist whose work reflects her belief that “[e]lectro-acoustic music, with the use of natural sounds exposing the state of the world, could be an unprecedented tool in artists taking action in ecological crisis.” Her works are underpinned by her ‘Sonic Ecologies Framework’, a methodology which involves the realisation of collaborative, site-specific sound arts projects incorporating community engagement and education.
Justin Bennett (born 1964 in UK, based in The Hague) works with sound and image. Trained in sculpture and electronic music, he uses drawing, video, sculpture, and a diverse array of sound forms in his research. One recurrent theme is our experience of architecture, urban development, and the (un)built space. He employs sound in order to render it audible as well as palpable: in his work, listening carefully provides a radically different way of seeing and experiencing. Bennett's recording of sound is comparable with the shooting of video.