Ecotones: Soundscapes of Trees
The Ecotones network is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration that seeks new ways of communicating environmental issues through the soundscapes of trees. Through a focus on listening, researchers from the fields of music, ecology, conservation, social science, health and wellbeing, education, and acoustics have come together to share and combine perspectives and practices for creating a new research paradigm that aims to shed light on the global challenges of urban development and environmentally sustainable growth. Reflections on the network’s activities in South Korea in May, and in the UK in July, will explore ways to combine scientific and artistic methods for cultural engagement interventions in both urban and rural contexts. Listening to sounds in nature will help to develop music pedagogies, cultural literacy, and an ecoliteracy essential for environmentally sustainable growth and ecological urbanism.
Amanda Bayley is professor of music at Bath Spa University and leads an interdisciplinary research group on Intercultural Communication through Practice. Her publications include Recorded Music: Performance, Culture, and Technology (2010), which received the Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society in 2011. She is co-editor of a new book series with Routledge on Transcultural Musical Practices. A recent focus of her research is on intersections between music and nature. She leads an ESRC/AHRC research network on Ecotones: Soundscapes of Trees (2022-23) that develops her work on Interspecies Listening (2021) and Hear Water: building environmental empathy through deep listening (2022), funded by NERC.
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