Quite recently the city council of Rotterdam has selected 7 public sites that should be transformed in the near future into spaces where people can relax and escape the urban hectic. One of these sites is a former train line, 6 meters above the ground, running from the city center to the northern suburbs. Central idea is that this former train line should become an ecologically justified park. In order to also make it sonically pleasant, the project management asked Michiel Huijsman (Soundtrackcity) and me to come up with some recommendations. The report, which contains also several audio files, can be found here (at the moment only in Dutch).

In April 2021 Michiel Huijsman (Soundtrackcity) and I published a report containing several recommendations on how to improve the sonic design of a rather busy roundabout in the city center of Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Idea behind the report is that Rotterdam wants to go greener, more sustainable, attract more biodiversity, etc. The report is based on sound walks with many residents and policy makers, a workshop sound, surveys (filled in by over 800 persons), field recordings, and the input of sound artists; it contains text (of course) but also several audio files and a solid introduction about the role of sound in public urban spaces. Caveat: the report is in Dutch but we’re working on an English translation. The report can be accessed here.

Today two new books arrived, both containing an essay of mine. The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy includes my reflections on (everyday) listening; my contribution to Ethics and Christian Musicking is called “The Silence of the Monks” and takes as its point of departure the friary of the Carthusian order in a French monastery. The monks are not allowed to speak but of course always surrounded by (and themselves producing) sound.

Delivered by DHL on November 25, 2020 at 10:27 – the Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies. 52 contributions and over 850 pages on methods how to study sound as well as how through sound and listening (new) knowledge can be gained. With contributions from anthropologists, philosophers, biologists, (sound) artists, scholars from the medical world, from urban planning, from psychology, etc. etc. All this introduced and edited by my dear friend Michael Bull and myself.

Good news! The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art, edited by Barry Truax, Vincent Meelberg and myself is now also available in a paperback version.

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art  book cover

Recently published: Musik, die Wissen schafft. Perspektiven kunstlerischer Musikforschung, edited by Arnold Jacobshagen. The book contains many interesting essays, from Darla Crispin, John Rink, Deniz Peters, and Barthold Kuijken, among others. Also a text by me, entitled “Kunstlerische Forschung und Klangkunst im offentlichen Stadtraum” about sound artworks in public urban spaces by Max Neuhaus, Peter Cusack, Edwin van der Heide, and Asa Stjerna in relation to micropolitics and sonic materialism.

Musik, die Wissen schafft. Perspektiven künstlerischer Musikforschung. Musik – Kultur – Geschichte, Bd. 11

Just to let you know that my online PhD dissertation from 2002 – Deconstruction in Music – is completely renewed. See here!

A brief article in Dutch with a sonic impression of Beirut on the importance of sonic design in urban environments. Co-author: Dr. Irene van Kamp. See here!

Geluid auto's -> Maud Dohmen e.a. 2019

Today, Saturday 22 February, a nice interview with me about sounds in and of the city. With attention to my collaborative projects in Leiden – the sound installation Fluisterende Wind and the report on the improvement of the sonic quality at the Garenmarkt – as well as to Jian Kang’s project in Sheffield and Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp’s work in Berlin.

The interview can be found here, in the Dutch daily Trouw (therefore the text is also in Dutch).

Since today online: a brief interview with me on the use of noise-cancelling headphones at work due to an overload of sounds/noise. I’ve tried to add some alternative thinking to this issue, making a case of sound artists to improve the sonic ambience of workspaces.

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(The text of the interview is in Dutch)