News and Announcements

Member Updates + Call for Field Recordings

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Monday, March 2nd, 2015 @ 6:29pm

Hello World!

I have two announcements for you today:

1) The WFAE would like to hear what you have been up to! Send me [] an update about your recent activities by 14 March 2015

2) There is an Open Call for Field Recordings for a project called Speed of Sound! It is run by an Italian organization called VacuaMœnia, and here is the prompt:

Following the ideas of “Handbook for Acoustic Ecology” by Barry Truax, VacuaMœnia proposes an OpenCall for sound-artist, musicians or simple aware listeners to celebrate two years of researches and activities. The topic chosen investigates on “the propagation of sound” in a landscape, defined by Truax like Geometric SpreadingAtmospheric Effects and Surface Effects. Thus, the topographical elements – such as soil, hills and other obstacles – between source and receiver alter and shape the sound message.

The OpenCall SPEED OF SOUND invites to reflect about the various aspects that make up the  landscape, on the modifications, on the alterations and how biophonies, geophonies and antrophonies intersect each other to completing the acoustic environment.

The deadline for this is also 14 March 2015. You can get more details and guidelines for submission here on the VacuaMœnia website. 

I look forward to hearing from you!


WFAE Member News and JOB!

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Monday, December 8th, 2014 @ 4:34pm

Dear Members, 

It's that time again! Send news about your activity to me, Hethre Contant, by December 15th for publication in the WFAE's newsletter.

My email address is

We also want to alert you to this job post at Arizona Statue University. 

Looking Forward to Hearing from You,

ASAE opportunity! Balance/Unbalance 2015

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 @ 9:47pm

Dear ASAE Members,

I am reaching out today to bring an exceptional opportunity to your attention.

Perhaps you are already aware of the Balance/Unbalance conference that is taking place at Arizona State University March 27-29, 2015.  If not, it's an exciting conference bringing acoustic ecology into conversation with current issues in sustainability, urban development, and climate change.  Our parent organization, the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, has endorsed the conference to all of its members.  Check out the website to learn more:

I am happy to announce that the ASAE will be hosting a workshop in the two days preceding the conference on the theme of soundscape recordings.  There will be an announcement made soon with all of the details, but here's what we know now:

   -- there will be presentations and discussions with three featured recordists, including our own Annea Lockwood.

   -- We will make a field trip for an extended recording session in the Beaver Creek Experimental Watershed, one of the featured sites of the Listen(n) project. More information about this site here:

   -- There will be an opportunity for knowledge exchange and skill sharing within the workshop participants, facilitated by our featured artists.

   -- Extra good news: Submissions for the Balance-Unbalance conference closed yesterday (November 10), but for ASAE members, submissions will remain open through November 14th. (see details for how to submit below)

In other words: if you are excited about this conference and workshop, you still have time to submit a paper to the conference and make the most of your trip.

The workshop is open to all, but I am especially excited about the possibility of a strong showing of ASAE members at both the workshop and the whole Balance-Unbalance conference.  As the ASAE continues to reform itself and gather momentum, in-person discussions and connections will be valuable in planning our future direction.

As I mentioned, a more complete announcement will be made about the workshop when the details are finalized.  In the meantime, please submit your work to Balance-Unbalance, and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about this opportunity.  Details for how to submit are just below.

All my best,

Stephan Moore

Vice-President, American Society for Acoustic Ecology


The Balance-Unbalance website says submissions are closed, but there is a back door for submitting, open to ASAE members, through this Friday.

First, go to and download the template for the track you wish to submit for.  Use this to create your submission.

Then, go to 

If you are not already signed up with EasyChair, take a moment to set up an account and log in with it. Then return to that link.  Click "New Submission" in the upper left corner and the rest is self-explanitory.

Voting Procedure for New ASAE Board Members!

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 @ 9:36am

Hello There Acoustic Voyager!

As of November 1, there will be several changes to the ASAE board of directors. We will hold elections for the offices of President,
Vice-President, and Secretary. Each of these terms last for 2 years, and our current fantastic officers, Jay Needham, Stephan Moore, and David Aftandilian (respectively) have each decided to step down from their current roles, giving YOU a chance to be on the board!

We would like to solicit nominations (and volunteers) for these roles from current ASAE members. Any dues-paying member of the ASAE is eligible to volunteer or be nominated by another member. When the process begins, you will receive an invitation to participate in a survey to suggest candidates.

After nominations are cleared, we aim to complete the voting process according to the following timetable:

October 13 - Nominees notified
October 15- Voting begins
October 23- Announcement of results
November 1- New board members appointed (during a super-secret acoustic ecology confirmation ritual)

Thanks for your continued activity and support!

Hethre Contant, on behalf of the ASAE board of directors.

ASAE Member Updates!

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Friday, August 15th, 2014 @ 6:16pm

Ahoy Sonic Sailors!

It's that time again. Send me updates about your acoustic ecological activities for the WFAE newsletter. 

I gotta say, we really killed it in the last newsletter. Look how much stuff we did!!! I'm impressed. 

If you could send me a blurb by September 10th that would be FABULOUS. Pictures and videos are highly appreciated. My email is

Cheers To Your Hard Work!


Updates for WFAE Newsletter

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 @ 12:25am

Hello All!

It's that time again, send me a memo about your recent activities for the World Forum of Acoustic Ecology.

Here is the one from the last issue. Looks like the Australians are trying to beat us with more activity... But I'm telling you we CAN'T let that happen!!!!! I know for a fact that you are all doing a lot of cool things and that bragging is in order. (I even have something to write about)

So---send me a sentence or two about your activities by JUNE 15. Pictures, videos, audio, and cookies are welcome too! My email is:

Hope to hear from you!


WFAE Member News Updates! Call for Participation!

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Thursday, March 6th, 2014 @ 9:48pm

Hello Everybody,

Hugest Apologies for the short notice on both of these fronts. It seems I have relocated to Sydney to start working on my Ph.D. and have fallen behind on the rest of my obligations. 

First. Send me a short blurb about your recent activities. Please include news of  any publications, videos, recordings, workshops, seminars, exhibits, installations, or other events and activities in which your members have, or will be engaged. As always, photographs and URL links are encouraged if available. 

Second. Check out this call for participation. I'm going to do it! You should too! 

All The Best! Looking forward to hearing from you all!



Soundscraper - (Immediate) Call for Participation

This is a call for local as well as worldwide participants for a series of "live crowdsourced soundscaping" performances, beginning in San Francisco, California this March.

The Soundscraper project seeks volunteer-participants to stream live sound from their environments, over the Internet, on March 10, 2014, based on a timetable of requests for specific "place-sounds". 

This is an unusual opportunity to contribute live sounds from your locale to a live performance, using free and readily available software running on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

For inquiries about the project, please e-mail To participate in the March 10 live performance, please e-mail "" NO LATER THAN MARCH 9. Include the subject (or a line in the body of the mail), "I want to send a sound stream". We will coordinate a 15-to-30 minute test of our streaming connection and discuss the upcoming performance.

An introduction to the Soundscraper project is available at, including descriptions of the project activities, as well as what to expect during Soundscraper performances.

Details about how to set up the free live-streaming software are available at, and the timetable (or score) for the performance on March 10 can be found at

Stream sound from your environment and join the mix!


Premiere performance: March 10, 2014, 8 to 10 PM PDT (March 11, 2014, 4 to 6 AM GMT)

Performance location: Center for New Music in San Francisco,, and streamed online

Conceived by Thom Blum,


ASAE 2014 New Year

Posted by Hethre Contant, Saturday, January 11th, 2014 @ 4:56am

  • Happy 2014 to you all!

    In anticipation of a bright start to a new year, we are delighted to be rolling out the new ASAE website!

    When you go to the site you will be prompted to create an account on Group Spaces. Group Spaces hosts our site and we are now using many of their features to help us with membership renewals and database management.

    Once you create a profile, please upload an image and bio and include any links as well. The hope is that this site can become a go to place for members, a place to post news about your work and also learn more about your colleagues.

    The new site is a work in progress and additional features might include theme-based calls for work, a space where members could post work in progress for feedback, a blog for recent happenings etc. At this point, we have included a player on the site and we hope you’ll consider posting works.

    Please send ideas and suggestions about the site to Brandon Mechtley. (

    The new-year is an ideal time to renew your membership and the redesigned site makes it simple. From now on, your annual membership will start on the day, month and year that you renew. For specific membership questions, please contact Hethre Contant. (

    Thinking ahead to the summer of 2014, I would like to propose that we hold an Annual General Meeting to discuss all manner of topics including but not limited to, future directions, attaining 501(C)(3) status, sustained academic and community partnerships and future curatorial opportunities. Updates on that soon. In the mean time, visit the new site, create a profile and share some of your good news and plans for 2014 with all of us.

    Wishing you all happy New Year!

    Jay Needham

    President, American Society for Acoustic Ecology

ASAE Member News for WFAE Quarterly

E-mail sent by Hethre Contant, Sunday, December 1st, 2013 @ 10:08pm

Ahoy ASAE Members!

Do you have an important announcement or recent news that you would like to share with your global acoustic-eco-minded peers? (An event? opportunity? recording? article? or book?)

Tell us about it. Your exciting news will be transmitted via the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology’s quarterly newsletter!
Send an email by December 10th to or

Feel free to include any documentation--pictures, audio/video links, etc.

We look forward to hearing from you!

-Hethre Contant
Outreach Director
American Society for Acoustic Ecology

American Society for Acoustic Ecology

Powered by GroupSpaces · Terms · Privacy Policy · Cookie Use · Create Your Own Group