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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.

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

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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!

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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)

This book fell this morning on my door mat.  It contains great essays by Michael Schwab, Jonathan Impett, Juan Parra, Mieko Kanno and many others … and one by me too: “Artistic Research and Sound Art in Public Urban Spaces.”

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From the article: “It is the aim of this chapter to expand and examine in more detail how artistic research and sound art relate to one another. To do so, I will concentrate on several existing sound art works, all situated in public urban spaces. The main reason for this demarcation is that working on and with public urban spaces often requires more “research” from the sound artist than producing a so-called autonomous, non-site-specific art work. I will try to answer questions such as: How do sound artists contribute towards developments in the arts as well as knowledge production? Which spaces of research and which methodological tools do they use? Which new concepts have they developed? It is my hope that this chapter will show that artistic research and sound studies—both still marginal (and marginalised) in current academic fields—contribute in significant and unique ways towards rethinking our being-in-and-with-the-world.”

In what follows I pay attention to Max Neuhaus, Peter Cusack, Edwin van der Heide, and Asa Stjerna, and connect their work to micropolitics and sonic materialism.

 

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Together with Vincent Meelberg I organized a special session entitled Soundscapes from a Humanities/Arts Perspective during the Internoise 2019 Conference in Madrid. Find here a short text I composed for the conference proceedings. In the text I rethink the role sound art can play in relation to soundscapes, a role that exceeds the merely audible.

A recent interview about the Garenmarkt project in Leiden – I’ve formulated some recommendations for a sonic design of this urban space.