The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. Soundscapes present analytical challenges relating to perception, spatio-temporal dynamics, effects of anthropogenic sounds on ecosystems, changing acoustic environments, acoustic biodiversity and unwanted sounds. New possibilities for archiving soundscape recordings or manipulating them have emerged during the last few decades, which raised the potential for composing with associative material.

 The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology is endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Barry Truax

Dr Katharine Norman

Richard Ranft 

Dates for the Symposium

8-9 November 2013


Medway Campus, University of Kent, Kent ME4 4TZ



- How audio technologies affect our listening patterns and behaviours, and does listening to field recordings change our cultural habits?

- Why do we find certain sounds of the environment attractive or repulsive?

- How can neuroscientific theories of perception help to shed light on listening behaviours?- To what extend is listening innate?

- What do we expect certain soundscapes to sound like?

The above list is not exhaustive. The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology aims to explore these questions, emphasising the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, and exploring listening to soundscapes in scientific, musical, social and cultural contexts.


Please see the Programme Page for a full listing of the papers, concerts, listening room and installation programme.