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Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival 2015
The Old Stone House
Brooklyn (Park Slope), NY
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Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival 2015
APRIL 16 -18, 2015 - Advance tickets $10 per event, $12 at the door, or $25 for 3 events

The Musical Ecologies series continues April 16th thru 18th with a three-part festival of Acoustic Ecology co-curated by composers Andrea Williams  and Dan Joseph. Coined by the Canadian composer and theorist R. Murray Schafer in the 1970s, the term acoustic ecology refers to the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those creatures living within it.  An outgrowth of the World Soundscape Project conducted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC in the late 1960s and early 70s, acoustic ecology has grown through the ensuing decades into an academic and artistic discipline, capturing the interest of composers, sound artists, and scientists throughout the world. Taking place over three days, the Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival offers an opportunity to explore our understanding of sound in our environment through the work of a group of selected artists who will present performances, talks, and soundwalks in and around the Old Stone House in Park Slope.

Complete schedule:

Thursday April 16th - Talks and Performances in the Old Stone House

7pm  Opening reception
8pm  Sound Pieces, a curated listening hour
9pm  Michelle Nagai  talk/performance
10pm  Stephan Moore  Scapescape, a talk and performance with field recordings, microphones & objects

Friday April 17th - Talks and Performances in the Old Stone House

7pm  Opening reception
8pm  Sound Pieces, a curated listening hour
9pm  Dan Joseph & Andrea Williams   Guided by Sound, an electroacoustic performance
10pm  Viv Corringham  Singing in Place, a solo performance for voice, electronics and recordings

Saturday April 18th - Outdoor Soundwalks originating at the Old Stone House (each walk ticketed separately)

3pm  Andrea Williams - Urban Waterfront Evolution Soundwalk: Gowanus Canal is a 1.8 mile waterway that is connecting Upper New York Bay (the bay in between Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey, and Staten Island) with the formerly industrial interior of Brooklyn. While early residents of Brooklyn dined upon delicious oysters growing in the Canal, now, due to massive industrial pollution, storm water runoff, and sewer outflows, it one of the nation's most contaminated hazardous Superfund sites. The federal government says that it will require a half a billion dollars to become tolerable. But also its current micro-eco-systems contain mutated microbes that might hold the key to new antibiotics. And it has been reported that herons, egrets, bats, Canadian geese, small fish, jellyfish, and crabs have started to live around the waterway. We will identify what may seem like ecological contradictions while focusing on listening for sounds that we think will prevail through the proposed dredging of the Canal beginning in 2016, what sounds may disappear, and what soundscapes can be suggested for the future of the Gowanus Canal.

5pm  Johann Diedrick & Christie Leece - Good Vibrations Acoustic Cartography Tour - Good Vibrations is a mobile listening kit that allows users to tap into of the least audible sounds of a city. With the use of three different types of microphone: a contact mic, a hydrophone and a probe mic, the user can tune in to subtle acoustic vibrations in the environment and explore the city's cracks and surfaces. A field guide for urban listening directs users to acoustic "points of interest."

7pm  Moira Williams  BodyGates, a night walk during International Lights Out Week where we will explore our connection to the stars while breaking our habitual ways of seeing and hearing through movement, deep listening and ear gazing.

8:30pm  Closing reception, location TBA


The Old Stone House (View)
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn (Park Slope), NY 11215
United States


Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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