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)
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