Faculty Advisor

Brown, Gwynne

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2016


Soundscape composition is a musical field that has converged from a diverse array of philosophies and methods of listening. Informed by the common mission of raising awareness towards the current environmental crisis, soundscape composers aim to re-connect audiences to the natural soundscapes of their everyday lives. To achieve this mission, soundscape composers interact with soundscape ecology, a scientific field that also addresses environmental issues like global warming and declining biodiversity through the study of sound. In so doing, soundscape composers repurpose scientific technology, transforming it into a tool that challenges the traditional nature/culture dichotomy and integrates listeners with their environments through spiritual, emotional, and sense-based ways of knowing.


University of Puget Sound