ARCHITECTURE: World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

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From: [email protected] (Randy Raine-Reusch)
Subject: Acoustic Ecology
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 1994 23:26:46 GMT


interdisciplinary coalition of individuals and institutions
concerned with the state of the world soundscape as an ecolog-
ically balanced entity.

WFAE was formed on Friday, Aug. 13th, 1993 by over a hundred
people from many parts of the world and from such differing
disciplines as architecture, audio art, communications, education,
film sound,geography, music, physics, psychology, radio broad-
casting, sociology, and urban planning. It was created on the
final day of the Tuning of the World, the First International
Conference on Acoustic Ecology at the Banff Centre for the Arts,
Alberta, Canada.

As Acoustic Ecology is the study of the relationship between
living organisms and their sonic environment (soundscape), it is
WFAE's main task to draw attention to unhealthy imbalances in this
relationship, to improve the acoustic quality of a place wherever
possible, and to protect and maintain acoustically balanced
soundscapes where they still exist.

WFAE invites people from any discipline to become members: people
who are committed to caring for the quality of the acoustic
environment through the perspective of their field; people who, if
they are creators of sound, are sensitive to the relationship
between their sound production and the acoustic environment;
people who may be specialized in one area, but have an open ear
for the interdisciplinary.

Within this framework of care for the sonic environment WFAE aims
-create a large and imaginative variety of contexts and situations
that encourage
1) listening to the soundscape.
2) sharpening of aural senses.
3) deepening listeners' understanding of sounds and their
-encourage and support research on the scientific, aesthetic,
ecological, philisophical, sociological, and cultural aspects of
the sonic environment.
-monitor and evaluate actions affecting and altering the quality
of the sonic environment.
-study the effects of technological and human intervention on the
acoustic environment.
-study the significance of the electro-acoustic media (radio, TV,
background and foreground music, etc) and it's ever increasing
presence in the soundscape.
-protect existing natural soundscapes.
-protect indigenous soundscapes produced by the practices and
lifestyles of aboriginal cultures.
-preserve and create times and places of quiet.
-study attitudes towards silence in different cultures.
-design healthy and acoustically balanced sonic environments.
-publish and distribute information and research on Acoustic


WFAE is coordinated by a steering committee in Canada, and has
regional groups in USA, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South Central

WFAE publishes and distributes THE SOUNDSCAPE NEWSLETTER, which
reaches a rapidly growing number of acoustic ecology supporters.

For more information on WFAE, membership, or subscription to the
newsletter please contact :

Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Department of Communication,
Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6

or by E-mail contact WFAE c/o Randy Raine-Reusch at [email protected]
Randy Raine-Reusch - tel (604) 255-2506
Box 1119 Stn. 'A', Vancouver, BC - fax (604) 255-1007
Canada V6C 2T1 - email [email protected]
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