Listeners Are Observers and Musicians

July 13, 2013

Deep Listening to African Forest elephants, presented in collaboration with Katy Payne

and contributions as a member of Round Table: Hearing vs. Listening, Artistic and Scientific Perspectives, along with Pauline Oliveros, Seth Horowitz, China Blue, Chris Chafe, and moderator Lance Brunner



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Jonathan Skinner Podcast – Animal Transcriptions: Listening to the Lab of Ornithology

In March 2013′s Sounding Out!, ecopoet Jonathan Skinner converses with a number of us at the Lab of Ornithology who have worked with animal sounds.

“Poetry might help us to use, study, and deploy animal morphologies in ways that hope to better, rather than merely exploit, the human relation with such life forms, if not to improve the welfare of the species themselves. As Katy Payne, Mike Webster and others suggest, when we speak of animal “song,” we bring metaphors from the arts of poetry and music to complement our limited scientific understanding of the intricacies of animal communication.”

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Dawn’s Chorus

for Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffmann

Leonardo Music Journal: Acoustics



Made from animal sound recordings…

               a utility aMong


                     is theiR


                            thEy produce it mid-air

            to avoid coLliding.

—John Cage, 32 Mesostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp

* the issue’s editor is composer Daniel J. Wolf of Material Press, who is also an entertaining and enlightening Facebook friend…

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Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong come to visit Ithaca in February. Ellen’s article is in Leonardo’s Acoustics issue also. Here are some sonic images from her Long String Instrument… (coming soon)

Also, Angelin Chang performed Messiaen’s piano piece l’Alouette Lulu from Catalogue d’Oiseaux with my Raven spectrograms visually illustrating connections between the structures of this bird’s vocalizations and structures of the piano composition. See more here.

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Chambers and Zilkha Gallery exhibition and photos

Chambers and Alvin Lucier

“A patron listens to the sound of Arctic and New York Bight whales inside a Conch Shell from Bali, submitted by Ann Warde MA ’85 as part of the installation “Chambers: In Honor of Alvin Lucier, sound in large and small resonant environments” (1968). This new version of “Chambers” is a compilation of individual works, each submitted as a tribute to Lucier by his former students. Lucier himself contributed a thimble with audio of the Cologne Hauptbahnhof, a well-known component of his earlier “Chambers.” Ron Kuivila, professor of music, and a former student of Lucier, organized this installation.”    More

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Chambers – Arctic and New York Bight Whales

The recordings used in the Chambers installation were made by the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology.

Listen to them here…(coming soon)

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Welcome to Zsonics !

Ann Warde’s website.

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