What is the Ecomusicology Listening Room?

The Ecomusicology Listening Room is a collection of soundscapes designed to inspire reflection, questions, and new ideas concerning the relationship between music, image, and place. 

This is the companion website to a series of live exhibits, performances, and academic conference sessions. Ecomusicology Listening Room design teams craft virtual soundscapes around central ecomusicological themes, with the intent of evoking the broadest possible range of interpretations. ELR1 matched still images to sound compositions in order to evoke ecomusicological questions and stoke interdisciplinary discussion among musicians, artists, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, popular music studies scholars, and anyone who would like to contribute to the growing conversation. ELR2 combines music with video. It is currently under development here on the website and will lead to live sessions in Pittsburgh  at the American Musicological Society (AMS) annual conference, Friday, November 8, 2013, 8:00-11:00 PM and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) annual conference in Bloomington, Indiana, Thursday, November 14 at 1:45 PM. The conference sessions will involve live performance and interactive discussion.

The ELR is a communication tool for building the field of ecomusicology in a creative, interdisciplinary, and above all, collaborative fashion. There is a feedback feature in each of the virtual soundscape "rooms." If you are interested in telling the Ecomusicology Listening Room community about your experience in a room or rooms, we would like to hear your thoughts, interpretations, questions, or whatever else you would like to contribute to the growing interdisciplinary conversation concerning music and the environment. Simply scroll to the bottom of a given page to send us your thoughts. 

For more information, there is a literature page presenting information related to academic research that informed individual exhibits and an extensive bibliography of ecomusicological publications.

We hope that you enjoy the Ecomusicological Listening Room.