Sonic Landscapes – Understanding the world through sounds
LSE Literary Festival discussion
LSE’s 6th Literary Festival explores the distinctive qualities of the social sciences’ and the arts’ approaches to understanding the world around us with a programme of talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings. As part of this year’s festival the curators present a panel discussion exploring Sonic Landscapes.
In a world dominated by the visual, we can all benefit from opening our ears to the glorious cacophony around us, which can enrich our understanding of ourselves and our environment.
Date: Saturday 1 March 2014
Time: 5-6.30pm Entry: FREE
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Trevor Cox, Caroline Devine, Aleksander Kolkowski
Chair: Professor David Hendy
Aleksander Kolkowski is a violinist, composer and sound artist who uses historical sound recording and reproduction apparatus and obsolete media to make contemporary mechanical-acoustic music. His work invites us to listen to the present through the audio technologies of the past, often by rendering sounds into physical objects and through live historical re-enactments. His latest installation, In Search of Perfection, features a giant, newly reconstructed exponential horn loudspeaker from the 1930s and will open at the Science Museum’s Media Space in May 2014.
Trevor Cox (@trevor_cox) is professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford and president of the Institute of Acoustics. He has presented numerous science radio documentaries and has written for the New Scientist. He is an associate editor for an international journal of acoustics and author of Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound.
Caroline Devine is a composer and sound artist whose practice investigates the boundary between sound and music, encompassing electroacoustic composition, sound installation, radio and theatre.
David Hendy (@DavidjHendy) is professor of media and communication at the University of Sussex, and author of Noise: a Human History, a 30-part series for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in 2013. The series traced the role of sound and listening in social life from prehistory to the present-day.
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