Cheryl E. Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer, field recordist, and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments, and often feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments and field recordings from remote locales. Leonard is fascinated by the subtle textures and intricacies of sounds, especially very quiet phenomena.
Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies
Dale Lloyd has been a sound artist, publisher, graphic designer, producer, musician, and visual artist. In 2001, he founded and/OAR in order to support and publish artists involved with environmental recording documents, sound art, avant-garde and electronic music. From 2001 to 2005, Dale produced the well regarded series of field recording compilations for Phonography.org.
Akio Suzuki (born 1941 in Pyongyang, North Korea) is musician and soundartist. Since his infamous “Throwing Objects Down a Staircase” event at Nagoya Station in 1963 and the self-study events which followed, where he explored the processes of “projection” and “following” in the natural world, Suzuki has pursued listening as a practice. In the 1970s he created and began performing on a number of original instruments, including the echo instrument Analapos.
Gordon Hempton / Sound Tracker® is an acoustic ecologist, and Emmy award–winning sound recordist. For more than 35 years, he has provided professional audio services to musicians, galleries, museums, and media producers, including Microsoft, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery, National Public Radio, and numerous other businesses and organizations. He has received recognition from the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.
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. Field recordings have always been a central element in his performing and compositional practice; therefore microphones, piezos and hydrophones are essential devices, allowing for the perception of unnoticeable sounds, and the accentuation and transformation of my surrounding sounds.
Alejandra Perez Nuñez (Punta Arenas, 1972) is an independent artist and a member of a diverse group of practitioners and writers examining the electromagnetic environment in relation to post industrial economies. As a noise performer working with open source tools she participates in projects dealing with radio, connected performance and social science fiction. Her work is based on a decolonial methodological perspective: she uses sound as a device to critically investigate that which is imperceptible to the eye and hidden in contemporary capitalist narratives.
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. Her activities include site-specific and spatial audio installations and concerts, which have been exhibited and performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces.
John Levack Drever (born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1973) and raised between Dalkeith and Edinburgh is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR). He studied Music at the University of Wales, Bangor (1992-95), followed by an MMus study in Electroacoustic Music Composition at the University of East Anglia (1995-6).
Roger Searle Payne (1935) is an American biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery (with Scott McVay) of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the worldwide campaign to end commercial whaling. He spent the early years of his career studying echolocation in bats (and how their food, moths, avoid them) and auditory localization in owls.
Steven Feld (born 1949) is an American anthropologist, filmmaker, musician, and sound artist, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Feld's academic research principally concerns the anthropology of sound, a term he coined in 1972 to extend the anthropology of music and language into a more critical sensory and aesthetic focus on voice and poetics, all-species sound relations, media and technologies, and environmental and ecological acoustics.