Research seminar

Wednesday 8 June 2016, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Ann Warde (Fulbright Scholar, University of York)

The Spaces of Animal Voices: Listening to “surround soundscapes” of the voices of elephants, chimpanzees, and whales and the sonic spaces they inhabit.

A Lecture Performance

Through investigative research and musical composition, I am exploring ways in which specific surround sound configurations might help us to perceive sound patterns and spatial relationships among vocalizing animals. Because it intersects scientific and musical concerns, this work also includes a consideration of the potential range of distinctions between scientific research and musical experiment.

Approaches to transforming recordings—initially intended for scientific monitoring of animal behavior—into immersive environments representing listening experiences in the field.

Questions about intersections and divergences between personal and objective observations, artistic and scientific research, local and public knowledge.

A work in progress, made from field recordings, exploring interconnections and distinctions among the perceptual worlds through which animals and humans experience our shared surroundings.

Composer and researcher Ann Warde is a visiting 2015 16 Fulbright scholar at the University of York. She recently completed ten years as an analyst and computer programmer at Cornell University’s Bioacoustics Research Program, part of the Lab of Ornithology. Her current project aims to make use of methods developed here at York in collaborative scientific projects involving animal acoustic communication with colleagues at institutions in the UK, and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Elephant Listening Project in the US. Ann has degrees in electro acoustic music composition and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, and the University of Illinois. Her compositions and presentations have been heard throughout North America, and in Europe—most recently in Britain and at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium. 

Location: Ryder Auditorium