Immerse Yourselves by listening to the land

Feisst gives Keynote at Finnish Musicological Societies at the University of Jyväskylä

Sabine Feisst, co-director of the Acoustic Ecology Lab, was one of three keynote speakers at the annual meeting of the Finnish Musicological and Ethnomusicological Societies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 19–21 April 2017. Her keynote was titled: “U.S.-Mexico Border Chords and Discords: Perspectives on the Changing Sonic Ecologies in the American Southwest.” It critically […]


April 21, 2017

Junior Citizen Science Day - McDowell Sonoran Field Institute

Kids will use a virtual reality helmet to experience the sights and sounds of other locations on the Preserve – showing the power of technology to share the experience of nature.

March 10 - 9:00 am

Listen(n) Project selected for Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory

The Acoustic Ecology Lab is pleased to announce that the Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory selected in a competitive review its proposed Ecolisten Artist Program. In the coming year we work with the Laboratory to conduct a series of community listening and field recording workshops in Joshua Tree National Park. These workshops will generate several […]

Featured Publication

The Listenn Project: Acoustic Ecology as a Tool for Remediating Environmental Awareness

Garth Paine, Leah Barclay, Sabine Feisst, Daniel Gillfilan

The Listen(n) project is an interdisciplinary media arts project, investigating the pristine acoustic ecologies of Southwest deserts of America. Establishing the largest database of ambisonic and stereo field recordings of the Southwestern landscapes of the United States, the Listen(n) project is designed to not only archive sound, but to explore how virtual environmental engagement through media arts and sound can cultivate environmental awareness and community agency. It delivers community partnerships and capacity building with enthusiastic communities in four American Southwest desert communities: Joshua Tree, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Organ Pipe Cactus National Parks and the Mojave Desert Trust. Aiming to empower and encourage communities to make creative contributions to and have agency in the development of the Listen(n) project, this paper outlines the fieldwork undertaken in 2014 and 2015 and discusses the substantial online listening database, virtual reality and web based tools deployed and currently in development. It will also provide information on the project’s innovative application of ambisonic audio recording and playback to create 360-degree immersive experiences online and through the Oculus Rift VR headset (EcoRift).