Art of Immersive Soundscapes
ISBN: 978-0-88977-258-8
Series: Canadian Plains Proceedings 41
Year: 2013
Pages: 240
Binding: Paperback

What is an immersive soundscape? It can be as simple as a recording made in a forest: leaves crunching underfoot, birds chirping, a squirrel chattering. Or it can be as complex as a movie soundtrack, which involves music but also uses many other sounds—to set the mood for the action and to literally put the viewer in the picture. Sound art defies categorization, and artists using this medium describe their work in many different ways: as sound installations, audio art, radio art, and music.

The Art of Immersive Soundscapes provides a fascinating tour of contemporary sound art practices that comprises scholarly essays, artists’ statements, and a DVD with sonic and visual examples.  Included are perspectives from soundscape composition and performance, site-specific sound installation, recording, and festival curation. The book and accompanying DVD will appeal to a broad audience interested in music, sound, installation art, the environment, digital culture, and media arts. Importantly, it recognizes the pioneering place of Canadian sound artists within this international field.


Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Art of immersive soundscapes / edited by Pauline Minevich and Ellen 

Waterman ; with a DVD edited by James Harley.

(Canadian plains proceedings ; 41)

Includes index.
Accompanied by a videodisc (DVD) 
ISBN 978-0-88977-258-8 (pbk.)

1. Sound in art.  2. Sound installations (Art).  3. Sound sculpture.  

4. Arts, Modern--21st century.  I. Minevich, Pauline M. (Pauline 
Margaret), 1952-, editor of compilation  II. Waterman, Ellen Frances, 
1963-, editor of compilation  III. Series: Canadian plains proceedings ; 41

NX650.S68A78 2014                               700                           C2014-900272-6

James Harley

James Harley is an associate professor in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.

Pauline Minevich

Pauline Minevich is an associate professor in the Department of Music at the University of Regina.

Ellen Waterman

Ellen Waterman is dean of the School of Music and a professor of Ethnomusicology and Music History at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The Creative Industries Transition Fund is made possible through funding that was provided to the Saskatchewan Arts Board by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.