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. He regularly collaborated with the auditory research project The Hafler Trio. These days, he is mostly known as the authority on wildlife and field recording.
Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies
Christophe Charles (born Marseille, 1964), is a composer, lives in Japan. He works with found sounds, and makes compositions with computer programs, insisting on the autonomy of each sound and the absence of hierarchical structure. Graduated from Tsukuba University (Phd., 1996) and Paris INALCO (Phd., 1997). Currently Professor (kyouju) at Musashino Art University (Tokyo). C.C.
Jacob Kirkegaard (born 1975 in Denmark) is a sound artist. He graduated at the Academy of Arts and the Media in Cologne. Jacob is exploring sound in art with a scientific approach and his sound works focus on investigations into the potential musicality in hidden sound layers in the environment. In this context he has been capturing and exploring sounds from, for example, volcanic earth, ice, atmospheric phenomena, nuclear power plants and deserted places. His piece "Labyrinthitis" was created from sounds recorded inside his inner ear.
Davide Tidoni is an Italian artist and researcher working from the boundaries of physical, perceptual, and affective dimensions of sound. His work addresses questions regarding interactions with acoustic space, intersubjectivity, and impermanence. His practice also includes interests in the use of sound in counter-cultures and social contexts of struggle. In 2018 he published The Sound of Normalisation, a field research on the ultras group Brescia 1911.
One of Dunn / Crutchfield’s collaborations most famous works is The Sound of Light in Trees (2006) which is an electroacoustic piece using only the sounds recorded in pine trees made by the Pinyon Engraver Beetle, which came from a research project.
Tom Lawrence (died 2011) was a wildlife sound recordist, musician and educator. His work in acoustic ecology regularly appears in natural history documentaries. Tom also produced documentaries for radio broadcast, installations and his work has featured in UK, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Canada and Ireland. Tom was the staff of the School of Communications, Dublin City University where he was a lecturer in film music, recording practice and sonic art. His research interests are in the areas of film music and acoustic ecology.
Douglas Quin is a sound recordist and composer whose works Oropendola (1994) and Forests: A Book of Hours (1999) blend acoustic and electronic musical improvisation with “unadulterated and unedited field recordings, processed soundscapes, electroacoustic instruments, human voice and hybridized sounds that comprise both living voices and electronically generated timbres.”28 His Polar Suite (2011), meanwhile, employs a wireless sensor bow called the ‘K-Bow’ to enable the Kronos Quartet to ‘play’ sounds captured by Quin at the North and South Poles, articulating them through t
Andrea Polli is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her interdisciplinary research has been presented as public artworks, media installations, community projects, performances, broadcasts, mobile and geolocative media, publications, and through the curation and organization of public exhibitions and events. She creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan-born composer and sound artist specializing in concert music, environmental sound art and interactive media. His work explores ecology, embodiment, and extended polymetric and noise-based systems. He composes systems of human-computer-environment interaction, finding an aesthetic between human expression and environmental system. Burtner studied composition, computer music and philosophy at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Iannis Xenakis’ UPIC Center in Paris, Tulane University in New Orleans and St. Johns College in Santa Fe.
David Monacchi (1970) is an eco-acoustics researcher, composer and interdisciplinary artist. He has been developing the project “Fragments of Extinction” for more than 20 years, conducting field research in the world’s remaining areas of undisturbed primary equatorial forest in Amazon, Africa and Borneo.