Chantal Berry

PhD topic title: Sensory Environments c.1500-c.1950.

PhD supervisor(s): Mark Jenner, Amanda Rees & Asifa Majid

Biography and research

My research focuses upon acoustic ecology, or the sounds and rhythms of human-nature relationships between c.1500-c.1800. I consider how changes in human activity have altered natural soundscapes and consequent human perceptions of the natural world. My research also looks to communicate experiences of ‘the natural’ through sonic recreations of past environments.

 Between 2017-2020, I studied at the University of Leeds School of Music and specialised in electronic composition, engaging with artistic approaches to convey philosophical ideas about nature, largely by electronically editing field recordings and employing compositional techniques such as plunderphonics and musique concrète.

Whilst undertaking an MA in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York, my interest in acoustic ecology developed from explorations of modern sound, into historical sound, and has led me to research how retrospective applications of acoustic ecology might contribute to developing scholarship in soundscape conservation and architectural acoustics.

Funder

  • Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

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