The Limits of Aurality

On March 23 I spoke briefly (and somewhat incoherently) at a symposium organized by colleagues in let’s say a broad field of sound studies, Eldritch Priest and Tobias Ewé. The symposium was called Limits of Aurality, and I was excited about the possibility of thinking about my long-time frustrations with acoustic ecology and a soundscape Read more about The Limits of Aurality[…]

Eternal 4:33

The recording that you’re about to hear (or not) is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of ambience during the endurance marathon that is the show Eternal (seen by yours truly at the PUSH festival 2016 in Vancouver). Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked it. It’s a two-hour continuous take in split-screen of two actors method-rehearsing Read more about Eternal 4:33[…]

Making Sense – Intersensory workshop (RE/Lab)

A month ago @multisensorymel (Melanie McBride) and myself improvised a small-scale intersensory workshop out of Ryerson’s RE/Lab (Responsive Ecologies Lab) with the support of lab director Jason Nolan, as well as Daniel Harley and several RA colleagues. A combined blog post is still forthcoming, but I wanted to take the opportunity to start jotting down some initial impressions Read more about Making Sense – Intersensory workshop (RE/Lab)[…]

Sensory Postcard: Galiano Island

So once again, it was the time of my annual pilgrimage to Galiano Island, where I spent two weeks with one dog, two cats, and one girlfriend (one of the weeks). I have listened, thought and written about this before (including at the Acoustic Ecology journal), so nothing new…but this time around I had some Read more about Sensory Postcard: Galiano Island[…]

Sensory postcard: WLD @QE Park

So this year for World Listening Day (and by the way it always seems like we in Vancouver – the birthplace of acoustic ecology and all that jazz – always fall short of our international colleagues in terms of taking advantage of the day towards public education and sound awareness) a little group, a subsection Read more about Sensory postcard: WLD @QE Park[…]

Sensory Postcard: Limerick Soundwalk

So, I’ve been meaning to put up a bunch of my impressions of Limerick online. These come from a visit in the end of March for the Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship conference there at UofL. As well as being the first time travelling for me in quite a long time, I also attended a Read more about Sensory Postcard: Limerick Soundwalk[…]

Aural Postcard: Whitecaps Game

This is just a small aural postcard of a soccer game I went to in the summer…Whitecaps is the Canadian team, and they played a friendly match against Seattle (I think). It’s been a while since I’ve been to a major sports event in one of those dome-creations and as always it is a very Read more about Aural Postcard: Whitecaps Game[…]

Aural Postcard: Bikram, the Sound of Yoga

Sadly I wasn’t able to record any of this experience which is prompting me to write…but it is understandable I couldn’t really bring a recorder into a bikram’s studio. The environment there struck me for two reasons, first in a good way and then in an off-putting way. The class started with a series of Read more about Aural Postcard: Bikram, the Sound of Yoga[…]

Aural Postcard: Paradise

This post is a bit of a departure from “secondary orality” as it is about experiences in “nature” (covering my ass by putting contested words into quotation marks – priceless. Or words I use that I am not quite sure what I mean by…) However, in some ways this isn’t a departure, precisely because I Read more about Aural Postcard: Paradise[…]