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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SOUNDSCAPE


Tempo Reale - Villa Strozzi - Via Pisana 77 50143 Firenze
Scientific & Music Program May 20-22 2011

CONFERENCE

abstract

Albert MAYR Acoustic Ecology! I beg your pardon, what kind of ecology?

This paper proposes a critique of Acoustic Ecology, both of the term itself that, in the author's opinion, is used too light-heartedly, and of the theoretical and practical/artistic endeavors which explicitly refer to A.E. The critique is formulated from three vantage points: 1) the prevailingly anthropocentric bias of A.E., which – with some exceptions - focuses primarily on low-frequency oscillations that – in terms of frequency and amplitude - are audible to our species; 2) the arbitrary separation from the sense of touch, which also responds to mechanical stimuli and thus shares some modalities with hearing; 3) the insufficient attention given to elements which - although in themselves not audible, or only intermittently so - are at the basis of sound/noise-generating behavior. The paper concludes with the proposal of integrating what is now called A. E. in a wider field: the ecology of (all) low-frequency oscillations from, say, 100 kHz downwards.



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