Supported by Country Arts SA, the Riverland Biosphere Soundscape Lab will take place between May 24-26 2019 at Calperum Station in South Australia's Riverland Biosphere Reserve. Informed by the creative possibilities of acoustic ecology, and rapidly emerging fields of biology exploring environmental patterns and changes through sound, the Lab will bring together artists, scientists and community members to explore the acoustic environments of the Riverland Biosphere Reserve.
Led by South Australian interdisciplinary composer and sound artist Jesse Budel, participants will take part in a variety of activities across the weekend, including field trips, field recordings, creative work listening sessions, expert presentations, and group discussions. Supported by the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network, participants will immerse themselves in artistic, scientific and cultural perspectives on listening and acoustic ecology in South Australia's diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Participants will need to cover their own travel to the lab location, but all costs including workshops, accommodation and meals will be provided. There are limited places available, so please contact us if you have any questions about this experience.
To register your interest in the project, fill out the form available here.
Please note future activities are being planned for the Riverland Biosphere Reserve through 2019-2020, including a strong focus on freshwater ecoacoustics in the Murray River.
Freshwater Listening is a national two day (free) event on November 17-18 in regional Victoria celebrating freshwater care and 20 years of acoustic ecology in Australia. The event is hosted by AFAE founding member Dr Ros Bandt and the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology in collaboration with Biosphere Soundscapes director Dr Leah Barclay. The program includes sound walks, hydrophone workshops, freshwater listening expeditions, presentations, performances and the Freshwater Listening exhibition featuring some of Australia's leading artists.
June 24-28, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Organised by the International Society of Ecoacoustics (ISE) and endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) – the aim of the 2018 International Ecoacoustics Congress is to bring together artists, scientists, natural resource managers and industry to explore the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of the environment.
The program includes six keynotes, scientific presentations and workshops, creative talks, concerts, installations, listening rooms and field trips which include Noosa Biosphere Reserve, the location where Biosphere Soundscapes was founded. View the program online: https://ecoacousticscongress.org
The keynotes include acclaimed ecoacoustics researcher, composer and interdisciplinary artist David Monacchi. Monacchi has been developing the project Fragments of Extinction for 15 years, conducting field research in the world’s remaining areas of undisturbed primary equatorial forest. The recipient of multiple awards throughout Europe and North America, Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional and science dissemination approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems to foster discourse on the biodiversity crisis through science-based sound art. He has worked for 25 years in cross-disciplinary contexts and produced works for contemporary music, art installation, cinema, video-art, site-specific public art, natural history, science and contemporary art museums, and is founding member of several artistic and scientific networks.
Join the Balance-Unbalance International Conference Live Streaming Workshop with SoundCamp in the North Devon Biosphere Reserve on Thursday 24 August.
The workshop will introduce live audio streaming with the DIY Raspberry Pi streambox and the Locuscast app for iOS. Participants will experiment with a prototype solar stream station for remote locations as part of Biosphere Open Microphones (BIOM) - an emerging network of live audio feeds and long-term data sets from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. This installation of the BIOM project is produced in collaboration with SoundCamp, Biosphere Soundscapes and North Devon Biosphere Reserve. The workshop will close with explorations of a live stream map including locations in Australia.