The composer, sound artist and acoustic ecologist, Hildegard Westerkamp, will make her second appearance at the School of Sound in April.
Westerkamp’s work focuses on listening, environmental sound and acoustic ecology. She was a member of the original World Soundscape Project, working with R. Murray Schafer; has taught courses in Acoustic Communication at Simon Fraser University with Barry Truax; has worked with writers Norbert Ruebsaat and Sharon Thesen, with photographer Florence Debeugny and has conducted soundscape workshops and given concerts and lectures internationally. Some of her compositional work appears in US filmmaker Gus van Sant’s films Elephant and Last Days and most recently in Vancouver filmmaker Nettie Wild’s stunning film Koneline – Our Land Beautiful.
By focusing the ears’ attention to details in the acoustic environment, her compositional work draws attention to the act of listening itself and to the inner, hidden spaces of the environment we inhabit.