Listening in Acoustic Dimensions across Interdiciplinary Research

Listening in: Acoustic Dimensions across Interdisciplinary Research (5 ECTS)
An Intensive Doctoral Short Course at the University of Oulu


NOVEMBER 28-30, 2018





The first keynote, Writing Sound: Description and Classification of Sonic Phenomena, will speak to how sonic and acoustic sensory environments and atmospheres can be disseminated through words in academic, artistic and popular forms of communication. The second keynote, Sound Advice: The interdisciplinary practices of contemporary acoustic ecology, will provide an overview of the development of acoustic ecology through history, illustrating the evolution and applications of ideas and technologies from fields as diverse as radio arts and bioacoustics, ecology and experimental music and how they have inspired contemporary methods across the arts, humanities, social sciences and ecology to tackle some of society’s most pressing issues. The workshop on sound editing will train students in the use of free software (Audacity / Ocean Audio) and audio editing workflow, providing them skills for creating sound-based documentary recordings. Skills taught will include: importing, splicing, filtering, analyzing, multi-channel editing and exporting audio. The practical exercise will give students the opportunity to carry out fieldwork in small groups based on a set brief. This will include a hands-on outdoor workshop and demonstration with equipment; training in the use of field recording equipment (e.g. short introduction to microphones, digital audio, and field recording techniques). Students will then be sent off to carry out their own field recordings in small groups. Afterwards, students will be given editing time to turn their field recordings into short (3-5mins) audio documentaries, followed by presentations of their final work and a critical discussion. After the course has been completed, students will have six weeks to write a three-page (max) essay about one aspect of ecoacoustics that they can relate to their own research.


The intensive course has no prerequisites. Doctoral and completing Master’s students from all faculties are welcome to join the course!


Please REGISTER by sending an email to before Wednesday 21st November.


If you have any questions, please contact the person responsible for the course Dr Élise Lépy at




Wednesday, 28 November

Led by Dr Alice Eldridge (AE), University of Sussex, UK

Room HU106

Brief: Using a combination of field recording techniques, make a short (3-5 min) podcast


12.00 – 12.30 Introduction: Sound Matters (AE)

12.30 - 13.00  Soundwalk in University Botanical Gardens (AE)

13.00 – 14.30 Introduction to field recording practices in University Botanical Garden (AE)

14.30 – 15.00 Break

15.00 – 16.30 The interdisciplinary practices of contemporary acoustic ecology (AE lecture)


Thursday, 29 November

Led by Dr Alice Eldridge (AE), University of Sussex, UK

Galaxy, Tellus Innovation Arena


08.30 - 09.30    Practical introduction to sound editing and analysis (AE)

09.30 - 12.00    Student field recording session (AE)

12.00 - 13.00    Lunch (at your own expense)

13.00 - 14.00    Sound collection and listening session (AE)

14.00 - 17.00    Project editing time (AE)


Friday, 30 November

Led by Prof. Angus Carlyle (AC), London College of Communication, UK

Frost Club, Tellus Innovation Arena

8.30 – 10.00   Listening Transcriptions: making legible acoustic perceptions of wild places, from the sonic sublime through nature writing to sound art texts (AC lecture)

10.00 – 10.30 Break

10.30 – 11.30 Mapping Sound / Sound Mapping: exploring the cartographic in historical and contemporary sound arts practice through a critique of verticality* (AC)

11.30 – 12.30 Lunch (at your own expense)

12.30 – 14.00 Soundmapping exercise outside in University Botanical Gardens (AC)

14.00 – 14.30 Break

14.30 – 16.00 Practice-based workshop on expressing sound in words and writing about sound (AC)

16.00 – 16.30 Student presentations and course close (AC & AE)  


* This brief introduction to the different varieties of the sonic methodology known as soundmapping we prepare us for the afternoon session where we will re-acquaint ourselves with the location of the University Botanical Gardens soundwalk from Wednesday 28th before developing collaborative soundamap sketches to explore their value as a potential research device.  







  1. Barclay, L. 2013. “Sonic ecologies: Exploring the agency of soundscapes in ecological crisis”. Soundscape. The Journal of Acoustic Ecology12(1), 2013.


  1. Eldridge, A., Guyot, P., Moscoso, P., Johnston, A., Eyre-Walker, Y. and Peck, M., 2018. “Sounding out ecoacoustic metrics: Avian species richness is predicted by acoustic indices in temperate but not tropical habitats”. Ecological Indicators95, pp.939-952.


  1. Kanngieser A., Gallagher M. and Prior J. 2016. “Listening geographies: Landscape, affect and geotechnologies”, Progress in Human Geography, pp.1-20.


  1. Lane, C. and Carlyle, A. 2013. In the Field: The Art of Field Recording. London: Uniform Books. (Chapters: Intro, One and Six)


  1. Westerkamp, Hildegard. 2007. ‘Soundwalking’. In: Carlyle, Angus (ed.). Autumn Leaves, Sound and the Environment in Artistic Practice. Paris: Double Entendre. (

Last updated: 30.10.2018