Hybrid Talks XIX “Soundscape”

Image Diagram of glissandi from »Metastasis«, 1954, © Iannis Xenakis

Diagram of glissandi from “Metastasis”, 1954, © Iannis Xenakis

Thursday, 01/14/2016, 6 p.m.
Hybrid Lab, TU Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 145, room 326, 10623 Berlin

“Soundscape” is a cultural-scientific and artistic concept in which the acoustic environment as a whole, from sounds of nature to the noise of machines to musical productions has been discussed, examined in its effect on the people, and documented in its historic transformation. The term was coined in the 1970s by the Canadian composer and researcher Murray Schafer and his colleague Barry Truax. The “World Soundscape Project” in Canada and Schafer’s book The Tuning of the World are considered to be the reference from which “Sound Studies” as a scientific discipline developed, as well as numerous artistic approaches from sound walks to soundscape compositions.

In the lectures of the 19th Hybrid Talks researchers and artists, including Truax, one of the formative figures of the discipline, will present how the term “soundscape” unfolded a holistic understanding of our acoustic environment and how it is productive for their work.

There will be the following contributions in English by

  • “The Soundscape Concept and the Acoustic Community”
    Prof. Dr. Barry Truax

    TU Berlin | Edgard Varèse Guest Professor of the DAAD
    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

  • “Perception as the Constituent in Sound Design – the Soundscape of a Car”
    Prof. Dr. Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp

    TU Berlin | Psychoacoustics and Noise Effects Group

  • CANCELLED for personal reasons.
    “Soundscape versus Klangumwelt. Presence, (Re)presentation, Research, Design”
    Dr. Alex Arteaga

    UdK Berlin | Auditory Architecture Research Unit

  • “The Auralization as Acoustic Re-enactment of Historical Environments”
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinzierl

    TU Berlin | Audio Communication Group

The Hybrid Talks aim at promoting mutual inspiration and networking. After the presentations, we will continue our exchange across individual disciplines in a relaxed atmosphere.