Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology

We are excited about our organization's publication, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology. This annual Journal is available to all members of an Affiliate Organization.

After years of working to establish a functioning international network through the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), we are now able to devote time to offering a professional journal. In the past, The Soundscape Newsletter, The New Soundscape Newsletter, and this web site, have been the primary means of keeping the acoustic ecology community connected and informed. Now it is time that we pool our energies through this new publication. We see this journal as a place of dialogue and debate and invite your comments, questions and critical voices.

We archive previous editions of the Journal online 6-12 months after publication (see below). We provide this as a service to members and others interested in the field of acoustic-ecology. Journals are available in a PDF format.


Editorial Committee


Contributors Guide
Contributor's Guide (230 KB) (Reader Assisted)

Instructions for the preparation of materials for submission to soundscape – The Journal of Acoustic Ecology by Robert MacNevin. All contributing authors are asked to follow these guidelines in the preparation of manuscripts for the Journal. Topics include organization, font, style, submission of graphs, charts, photographs, and other materials.

Volume 14, Number 1
Volume 14, Number 1 Winter/Spring 2014-2015 - Canacoustica: Canadian Perspectives on Environment and Sound
  • Listening as Reciprocity: Heidegger's Appropriation in Being-Time
  • Toward a Sound of Place: Sound, Mapping and Aural Character
  • Cryophonics: Re-Performing the Ice Songs of the Canadian Sub-Arctic
  • The Bell Tower of False Creek: Unsettling the Soundscape of Vancouver's Burrard Bridge
  • Sound in the Land - Music & the Environment: A Festival Celebrating the Earth

Volume 13, Number 1
Volume 13, Number 1 Winter/Spring 2013-2014 - Music and Ecologies Of Sound
  • The Ecology of Sound as Experience
  • Sound Object? Sound Event! Ideologies of Sound and the Biopolitics of Music
  • Wayback Sound Machine: Sound Through Time, Space and Place
  • Machine Listening to Soundscapes: Playful Discovery of Sound Languages

Volume 12, Number 1
Volume 12, Number 1 Winter/Spring 2012-2013 - The Global Composition
  • Acoustic Ecology Considered as a The Early Days and the Future
  • Insights into the Global Composition - Taken at Three Stricken Places in Japan
  • What Should the Soundscape Community Do When Listening to the Soundscapes of Fukushima?
  • Onterferences Between Acoustic Perspectives in Enclosed Social Environments of Istanbul
  • GPS Sound Walks, Ecotones and Edge Species; Experiencing Sound within Teri Rueb's Mobile Metaphor
  • Sonic Ecologies: Exploring the Agency of Soundscapes in Ecological Crisis

Volume 11, Number 1
Volume 11, Number 1 Fall/Winter 2011 - Crossing Listening Paths
  • Exploring Balance & Focus in Acoustic Ecology
  • The Listening Workshop: Nature notes from WFAE 2011, Corfu
  • Schafer's and McLuhan's Listening Paths - Convergences, Crossings & Diversions
  • Biophilic Soundscape Design in the Second Order of Nature
  • Revisiting the Vancouver Soundscape Tape Collection: Motives, Intentions, & Practice
  • Soundscape Models & Compositional Strategies in Acousmatic music
  • Towards a Theory of Museological Soundscape Design: Museology as a 'Listening Path'
  • Listening to the Ecosystem of the Turtle: Enabling the disabled to cross the listening paths of acoustic ecology and environmental education
  • Bringing the Sounds Back to Etz Hayyim: An acoustic profile of a resurrected endangered space
  • The Soundscape of Burning Man
  • A Second Life for Sound: Crossing Sonic Paths in Virtual Worlds
  • Automatically Updated Soundmaps as a tool for environmental monitoring: Research in progress
  • In Memory of Iannis Xenakis

Sonic Ambiance
Volume 10, Number 1 Fall/Winter 2010 - Sonic Ambiance
  • Thanking Nigel
  • Vertitinous Spaces, Phantasmagorical Georgraphies: Soundscape Composition After Sebald
  • Sounding Interiors: Daydream, Imagination, and the Ausculation of Domestic Space
  • Acoustic Territoriality and the Politics of Urban Noise
  • Spatial and Sonic Evaluation of Urban Public Space Ambiaces
  • Sound Diary

Antipodean Perspectives on a Changing World
Volume 9, Number 1 Fall/Winter 2009 - Antipodean Perspectives on a Changing World
  • Snap Crackle and Pop; On listening, memory and amnesia
  • Location, Location, Location: Auditioning the vocalizations of the Australian Pied Butcherbird
  • Two Way Traffic: mediation of identity through sound, and sound through identity
  • Aural (re)locations: Listening to place
  • Thinking about Grain Of The Voice
  • Photographic document of a field trip to the Muller Range, Papua New Guinea, August 2009

Pioneers, Pathfinders and Earcleaners
Volume 8, Number 1 Fall/Winter 2008 - Pioneers, Pathfinders and Earcleaners
  • American Frontier Soundscapes: Rehearing the Old West
  • Hearing the Free Music: Percy Graingers, Australian Visionary of the Soundscape, Creator of Electro-Acoustic Free Music and Sound Machines
  • Pure Geographer. Observations of J.G. Grano and Soundscape Studies
  • Music Concrete as one of the preliminary steps to Acoustic Ecology
  • The Pioneers of Soundscape in Finnish Music Education: Listening to List Tenkku and Mrs. Ellen Urho.
  • Dr. Robert E. Knowlton: Considering the Costal Acoustic Carpet
  • Meetings with R. Murray Schafer: Composer, educator and founder of Soundscape Studies
  • Shin Ryoan-ji: a Digital Garden

Art, Science, Environment, Activism

Volume 7, Number 1 Fall/Winter 2007 - Art, Science, Environment, Activism

  • Research Reports for the Ears: Soundscape Art in Scientific Presentations.
  • Conversations: David Dunn, Nick Miller, Emily Thompson
  • Sound From Dangerous Places: An Interview with Peter Cusak
  • Language for the Listening Body
  • The Appreciative Ear: Sounds from the Ground Up.

Soundscape Studies in Japan

Volume 6, Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005 - Soundscape Studies in Japan

  • Insights Taken from Three Visited Soundscapes in Japan
  • Acoustic Ecology Considered as a Connotation: Semiotic, Post-Colonial and Educational Views of Soundscape
  • A Tiny Field for Soundscape Design: A case Study of the Soundscape Museum in Osaka, Japan

Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Protection for the Critical Listener
  • The Nautre of Hearing and Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus and Sound
  • Restoring the Soundscape with Hearing

The Experience of Music in Daily Life
  • Echos of a Disappearing Planet
  • Intermissions with the Orchestra
  • The Music Must Always Play
  • Voicescapes: The (En)Chanting Voice & its Performance
  • Mediated Music & Meditation in Modernity

Acoustic Design
Volume 5, Number 1 Spring/Summer 2004 - Acoustic Design
  • Discrete Mapping of Urban Soundscapes
  • Acoustic Design in the Built Environment
  • Active Acoustics: Defining One's Private Acoustic Environment
  • Istanbul Sound Diary

International Symposium, Melbourne
  • Auditing Acoustic Ecology
  • Open Ears
  • Acoustic Objectives for Designed or Managed Soundscapes
  • Acoustic Ecology and the New Electroacoustic Space of Digital Networks


Ocean Acoustics - Underwater Listening
  • Ocean Bio-acoustics and Noise Pollution
  • Antarctica: Austral Soundscapes
  • Listening Underwater
  • Creatures of culture?
  • Soundwalking the Internet

The Tech be continued
  • Questionnaire
  • Recovering Narcissus: Sound and Touch in the Digital World .
  • Musical Information Networks
  • Digital Arts’ Black Sheep
  • Sharing Experiences Towards the Possibility of an Electroacoustic Ecology


Education and Listening
  • Acoustic Communication Studies at Simon Fraser University
  • Bringing Soundscapes Into the Everyday Classroom
  • Teaching Acoustic Ecology
  • Stockholm Soundscape Project
  • “With the Calm, Comes Silence”
  • The Concept of Soundscape and Music Education in Japan
  • Sound Reflections
  • Acoustic Ecology and Environmental Studies

Blind Listening
  • Sound: An Enrichment or State
  • Shapes, Surfaces and Interiors
  • Acoustic Virtual Training for the Blind

Silence Noise and the Public Domain
Volume 1, Number 2, Winter, 2000 - Silence, Noise, and the Public Domain
  • The Acoustic Environment as a Public Domain
  • Silence and the Notion of the Commons
  • Silence in the Contemporary Soundscape
  • Living Out Loud
  • Acoustic Ecologists and Environmental Psychologists

Volume 1, Number 1, Spring, 2000 - Listening
  • An Introduction to Acoustic Ecology
  • Acoustic Atmospheres
  • Learning is Living
  • Associative Listening
  • Learning to Listen


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Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology is an English language publication with articles, reports and information about activities and events of the international acoustic ecology community. Each WFAE membership includes an annual subscription to the journal.

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