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November 2002
6 X 9 inches, 144 pages

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Sonic Geography

Imagined and Remembered

Ellen Waterman

FROM JAPANESE RITUAL TO POLISH HISTORY to Canadian soundscape composition, this collection maps the fascinating relationship between environmental sound and cultural imagination. Over twenty-five years ago, renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer pioneered the study of sound in the environment through his World Soundscape Project. Today, acoustic ecologists are active globally; their concerns range from noise pollution to the preservation of unique sound environments. In Sonic Geography Imagined and Remembered, sound artists, designers, and scholars from eight countries offer a wide range of perspectives on the place of sound in our world and on how our place in the world is articulated through sound.

Sonic Geography Imagined and Remembered explores a world of sound experiences drawn from everyday life. These evocative essays reflect the passionate concern that acoustic ecologists have for the rich diversity of sonic environments.


Ellen Waterman


Ellen Waterman is a musician and ethnographer who has written extensively on R. Murray Schaferís environmental music theatre. She taught in the Cultural Studies Program at Trent University from 1998 to 2002, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music in the School of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Guelph.

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