Joshua Tree workshop schedule 2017-18

November 15, 2017

The Acoustic Ecology Lab’s Sabine Feisst and Garth Paine and running a series of workshops with Joshua Tree National Park through the JTLab initiative. Feel free to come and join in   Hearing Joshua Tree National Park ­– Workshops Sound gives life to our environment and heightens our experience of place. Sound artists Sabine Feisst […]

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The power of Listening

September 27, 2017

Thanks to ASU Now for the opportunity to share my passion for how listening can make your life much richer Garth Paine on Listening from ASU Now on Vimeo. Listen to the sounds of the SW USA on our Listen database http://www.ecolisten.org/sonic_events.php – gathered by ASU faculty and citizen scientists in National Parks across the […]

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Nature VR for Health and Wellbeing at the Arizona Wellbeing Commons,

September 10, 2017

The Acoustic Ecology Lab was selected to present a poster and demonstration session on EcoRift for Health and Wellbeing at the Arizona Wellbeing Commons, hosted at the Tempe Center for the Arts on 6 September 2017. The poster presentation offered attendees of the event an opportunity to experience virtual sojourns in nature sanctuaries in the […]

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Sound on the US/Mexico border

August 30, 2017

Sabine Feisst recently presented a paper on Arizona-based sound artist Glenn Weyant’s SonicAnta Project at the Sound + Environment 2017 Conference at the University of Hull in the U.K. https://soundenvironment.net/ . The conference created a forum for artists and scientists to examine the ways in which sound can advance our knowledge about the environment. Feisst […]

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Listening to Plants

August 29, 2017

Sound is everywhere – it signifies life… plants and trees talk with sound. Fascinating and growing body of research indicates that sound is a crucial part of communication between plants and ecosystems as a whole.

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Dawn Chorus Day (May 7)

May 5, 2017

Listen to Nature’s Symphony on International Dawn Chorus Day (May 7) ASU’s Acoustic Ecology Lab will participate in this year’s International Dawn Chorus Day events by contributing live streaming of birdsongs from Tempe to the “Reveil” broadcast on the Sonus Locus network. In the course of 24 hours Reveil gradually moves west from microphone to […]

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

April 21, 2017

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 […]

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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 […]

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Junior Citizen Science – virtual reality sojourns

April 11, 2017

The Acoustic Ecology Lab partnered with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy to preset our virtual reality work as part of Junior Citizen Science Festival on March 10, 2017 outdoors at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. The event attracted more than 300 students who engaged with a number of researchers around ecosystems and environmental awareness. Our Ecorift […]

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Nature Sound Map


Nature Sound Map is a wonderful web resource of nature recordings from all over the world – beautifully put together it acts as a portal into the sound of wilderness across the globe – go check it out for some relaxing listening experiences

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Junior Citizen Science Festival

March 10, 2017

Junior Citizen Science Festival 03/10/2017 – 09:00AM Location: Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Calling all inquisitive young minds! Bring your kids for a fun, interactive exploration of science and nature at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Junior Citizen Science Festival. Held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, this event will introduce kids to the incredible diversity […]

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Song Sleuth

February 15, 2017

Wildlife Acoustics have released Song Sleuth, an Auto bird song identifier – looking forward to testing this out in Organ Pipe Cactus national Monument this weekend

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

February 7, 2017

We have started several new projects working with Dr. Helen Rowe, Director of the Field Institute of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona. The projects range from looking at anthropocentric sound interference in migration pathways, to the development of sound quality metrics for environmental land management – we are thrilled to have such a […]

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Costa Rica explorations


We have been involved in some explorations of the acoustic ecology of Costa Rica recently – in part to look at sound quality metrics for land management but also to look at using sound to track endangered species in the large nature reserves and hopefully to use the same systems for identification and early warning […]

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14 Thousand Bird Calls

January 8, 2017

An interesting project that has visualized 14 thousand bird calls using machine learning – it is interesting to see these graded visually – would be interesting to have access to the sample library and run these through psychoacoustic analysis using IRCAM’s CataRT tools.

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Field Recording Tutorials

January 3, 2017

Today we released a number of field recording tutorials to support our citizen science volunteers who are making monthly recordings in national parks across the southwest USA Field Recording Tutorial 1 from Eco Listen on Vimeo. Field Recording Tutorial 2 from Eco Listen on Vimeo. Field Recording Tutorial 3 from Eco Listen on Vimeo.

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Solo – Raspberry Pi long-duration environmental recording/monitoring

December 14, 2016

As part of an undergraduate Digital Culture capstone project, we have been developing a Raspberry Pi based sound recording system to examine the degree to which sound from a road that cuts through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve may influence the movement of Mule Deer in that area. Working with the Director of the McDowell Sonoran Field […]

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International Conference: Music and Landscape – Soundscape and Sonic Art” at the Kunstuniversität Graz,

October 20, 2016

Sabine Feisst and Garth Paine look forward to sharing their acoustic ecology-based research and art at the upcoming international conference “Music and Landscape – Soundscape and Sonic Art” at the Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria 27–30 October 2016. Feisst will deliver a paper on Sonic Placemaking in the American Southwest. Paine will present a perambulatory performance of […]

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Art and Advocacy in Environmentalist Music: Tensions, Dimensions, and Perceptions


Join Sabine Feisst, Co-Director of the Acoustic Ecology Lab on Friday, November 4, from 8-10 pm for “Art and Advocacy in Environmentalist Music: Tensions, Dimensions, and Perceptions,” a special AMS session involving artists based in the Vancouver area. It takes place in Pavilion Ballroom A of the Sheraton Wall Centre (1088 Burrard St, downtown Vancouver) and features interactive performances by singer-songwriter Dana Lyons, activist […]

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Green is good for you

September 1, 2016

Interesting article in the American Psychological Associations publication about how regular exposure to the natural world can help restoring mental clarity and heal the body. We are planning to look at the benefits of taking hospitalized and elderly people into national parks virtual using EcoRift. We hypothesis that this could be a valuable aid to healing […]

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SxSW with the UN Foundation

August 26, 2016

Dr. Garth Paine, of Arizona State University, speaks at SXSW Eco in Austin, TX in 2016. SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to drive economic, environmental and social change.

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Sustainability Review interview with Dr. Garth Paine


Earlier in 2016, Dr. Garth Paine talked to Sustainability Review about acoustic ecology and the Listen(n) Project

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EcoRift featured in ASU National Parks Centenary video


EcoRift featured as the future of photography in US National Parks ASU and our National Parks from ASU Now on Vimeo.

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Bina Venkataraman speaks at Global Institute of Sustainability @ ASU


October 13th 12 Noon – 481 GIOS, Wrigley Hall @ASU lunch provided The Acoustic Ecology Lab is excited to announce a talk by Bina Venkataraman in partnership with GIOS From Satellites to Supermarket Aisles: Marshaling Science and Innovation for Action on Climate Change We face a crisis of planetary proportions  — a direct result of our […]

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