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Scorescapes Ph.D dissertation download

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

The Scorescapes doctoral dissertation is available to download on the Leiden University Repository:

Scorescapes Ph.D. Defense at Leiden University

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

The public defense for Yolande’s Ph.D. research project “Scorescapes: on Sound, Environment and Sonic Consciousness” will take place at the Academiegebouw, Rapenburg 73, Leiden University,  NL. 
10:00, Tuesday 6 December, 2011.

Scorescapes: Abstract
This dissertation explores sound, its image and its role in relating humans and our technologies to the environment. It investigates two related questions: How does sound mediate our relationship to environment? And how can contemporary multidisciplinary art practices articulate and explore this relation between sound and environment. (more…)

Satellite Sounders on fire in Frankfurt

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

After the first day of exhibiting the Satellite Sounders during sound walks at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt during the Playing the City exhibition, I took the batteries back to the hotel to charge them, and at 2.30 in the morning one exploded, causing a small fire in the room. I put the fire out using the hotel pillows and called the front desk. The firemen and police came, I shook fiercely, and the hotel offered no first aid and are now in an aggressive process of intimidating me for insurance money for damage to their furniture. What a strange ending to the Satellite Sounders.

experiments in underwater sound 2

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Musical experiments into underwater creatures and the aqueous properties of the contra-bass flute. Part of Scorescapes. New sound works with electronics and contrabass flute played by Ned McGowan Karnatic Lab evening, Muziekcentrum De Badkuyp, Amsterdam.
The second in the series of experiments into underwater sounds, this introduces a live musician to the electronic and environmental soundworld of the first performance. The musical negotiations between two musicians using such different processes of sound production and variety of timbral possibilities became a focus. I introduced Ned to the material we would be using and the ideas behind the work including sounds outside of the human hearing range, and we worked with these ideas in an unstructured way, to create a really unusual performance.

Sound and Science symposium UCLA

Friday, March 6th, 2009

A fascinating collection of presentations by scientists and artists working with sound and sonification. Video streams of the lectures at Sound and Science

Prof Peter Narins presented research discoveries on the ultrasonic calls and hearing of certain frogs to adapt to environmental noise. The spectograms of the sound recordings clearly show how limited our own hearing range is in the total sound scape we inhabit. He implied that ultrasound is a relatively new and unexplored area of science, and put the recent interest down to now available field technology, such as the Sound Devices 722 that he used on a field trip in China.

Laura Peticola presented work using sound to communicate data about solar winds. As a space scientist she described the need and difficulties of making the concepts of solar storms, magnetic fields and even plasma to a general public. The team decided to use sound, rather than visualisation, to create sonifications of live solar wind data received by two satellites orbiting the sun. (more…)

Lecture and Performance at KVNM Royal Society of Dutch Musicology

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

31 January 2009 at the Royal Society for Netherlands Musicology KVNM, during a congress on the future of dutch musicology – international, interdisciplinary and practice based research. Aula of the University of Utrecht.

“Scorescapes: Between the Map and the Music”  - Yolande Harris will present her recent work on sonic navigations, describing a musical journey that lies somewhere between the map and the music. (more…)

Walled Garden: working conference on networks

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Walled Garden is an international working conference that approaches the development and future challenges of the current Web 2.0 through exploration, experimentation and exchange of knowledge. It will address issues of identity, mobile communities and networks by focussing on the tendency towards online gated and closed communities.

20 & 21 November 2008, Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, Organised by Virtueel Platform

further with the score

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

the question is to extend the ideas of navigation landscape and environment to explore musical issues pertaining to expanded consciousness and communications where the score is the central figure. the (musical) score is not just notation but an entity or process where the communications between people through sound and site are catalyzed and channeled.