"A magical fusion of sounds."
Globe & Mail, Toronto

Welcome

Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio artist and sound ecologist.
She presents soundscape workshops and lectures internationally, performs and writes.
"There was more than just a hint of oracular mysticism in Westerkamp's art. There was a magic in those sounds.”Stephen Pedersen, Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

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Once Upon a Time installation


Once Upon a Time is being presented as an installation
on four consecutive Sundays: July 22 and 29, and August 5 and 12, 2018
between 2 pm - 9 pm Berlin time at
ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen.
Weichselstr. 49 | 12045 Berlin-Neukölln

More details: http://www.ohrenhoch.berlin

Read more about the Once Upon a Time here.

CBC interview, Sound Symposium, St. John's

Here is an interview I did on the CBC with Heather Barrett on July 14 on the Weekend AM show.

When you get there, scroll to minute 16:36 to the end of the program.

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"Westerkamp's music balances a poetics of sound with social commitments that include feminism and environmental politics. Her compositions are critical enactments of acoustic space....All invoke attentive listening." Donna Zapf, Beiträge zur Neuen Music, Germany

Workshops

My workshops are essentially an enquiry into our relationship to place through listening and an enquiry into listening itself. Conscious attention to the soundscape is like learning a new language and conscious listening and soundmaking is a way of placing ourselves inside the workings of our cultures, societies and landscapes as involved, living participants.

A variety of listening and soundmaking activities offer ways to deepen our relationship to place and to explore what acoustically balanced sound existences might be. Some workshops may be conducted entirely without the use of technology, others may involve recording equipment, editing and mixing facilities, depending on the context and the focus. Soundwalks may be simple listening walks "by ear" or may also include the use of field recording equipment and/or ear protection. Other activities/actions may involve the creation of sound maps and sound scores, monitoring of and documenting a sound environment in a specific location and for a specific time span, writing of sound journals and many more actions/activities.

Not only is the focus of each workshop slightly different, but also the group of participants may vary greatly. Workshop themes, activities, length and participation are developed according to each context. Topics may range from sound ecology, to listening perception, soundscape composition, the use of music, sound design, noise, radio/media, music, silence, and so on.

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