Sonic Environment Waves (July 2016)

This month we’re delighted to have Dr. Leah Barclay, Co-Chair of Sonic Environments, and President of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology , guest-curate this playlist: Sonic Environment Waves.  About the playlist, Leah writes:

This playlist features composers who are working in innovative ways with place, environmental sound and new technologies. It has been curated to coincide with the Sonic Environments conference, hosted by the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, July 10-11 2016.

Drawing inspiration from contemporary acoustic ecology, Sonic Environments invites composers, performers, academics, field recordists, acoustic ecologists and technologists to present research and creative works exploring the ecological, social and cultural contexts of our sonic environments. This conference aims to expand our current understandings of acoustic ecology and the role of sound and technology in understanding rapidly changing environments across the world.

This collection of compositions showcases composers experimenting with found sounds, environmental field recordings, mixed media and immersive performance. This playlist traverses the inherently interdisciplinary nature of sound and aims to explore aural awareness in a diversity of sonic environments across the world with composers who are all connected to Australia.

We hope you enjoy this rich and thoughtful selection of works and we thank Leah Barclay for agreeing to curate this playlist.


Brigid Burke, Coral Bells Preview
For 42 Federation hand bells, bass clarinet, live electronics and video. Performed by Wendy Couch, Carmen Chan and Erica Rasmussen (Federation Bells), Brigid Burke (Bass clarinet, real-time electronic processing, visuals and video footage). Performed at Tilde Festival at AIM, Melbourne. Recorded by Kevan Atkins, Production Coordinator, Tilde New Music and Sound Art. Mixed and edited by Brigid Burke.

Vicki Hallett, Elephant Song
For clarinets and elephant audio. Vicki Hallett (clarinets). Elephant audio courtesy of Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project.

Find out more about the composers by clicking on their names above. You can also click on the videos to view, share and like over at the Vimeo platform, and follow composers and/or Vimeo channels.


Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Alexandra Spence, Submerge
    A pre-recorded installation work in stereo. Featuring Liisa Pallandi on violin, Timo-Veikko Valve on cello, with field recordings by Alexandra Spence, recorded along the perimeter of Port Metro Vancouver, (Canada).
  2. Brona Martin, OZ
    Soundscape of field recordings in Queensland with didgeridoo. Callum Wheeler: Didgeridoo.
  3. Nicole Brady, Postlude
    For chamber ensemble, actor and technology. Recorded at Studios 301 by the Omega Ensemble : David Rowden (clarinet / bass clarinet), Neil Thompson (viola), Teije Hylkema (cello), Catalin Ungureanu (violin), Airena Nakamura (violin) and featuring Kendall Goddard (actor), Ben Carey (creative technologist).
  4. Kate Carr, On Our Last Night We Searched For Crocodiles And Shooting Stars
    Produced from field recordings, Biosphere Soundscapes residency program in Sian Ka’an, Mexico.  Composed in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  5. Ros Bandt, Tarhu Conections: Rapturous
    For tarhu, air slide whistle, ancient bronze cymbals, recorder head joints, and field recordings from Arizona from the Listen N biosphere reserve database, recorded by Leah Barclay.

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Sonic Environment Waves playlist will be featured until 1 August 2016. All previous playlists from 2015 & 2016 will be available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

This month’s image

Making Waves thanks graphic designer Ryan Cheney, commissioned to create the image for this month’s playlist, Sonic Environment Waves. Visit


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