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Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkamp on CBC

Soundscape composer Hildegard Westerkamp hears the world differently than most people.

Where many of us might hear noise, she uncovers extraordinary beauty and meaning. It's all in how we listen to our environment.

Paul Kennedy joins Hildegard Westerkamp on a sound-walk through Vancouver's downtown eastside, and explores how opening our ears to our surroundings can open our minds.

PRESENCES électronique 2016

"Talking Rain" by Hildegard Westerkamp

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Paris, March 5, 2016: Multi-channel presentation of Into the Labyrinth and Talking Rain during the annual festival PRESENCES électronique

Université Paris 8, March 22, 2016: Multi-channel presentation of Für Dich - For You at Séminaire International Espace-son

Hildegard Westerkamp: A Pioneer in Sound Art and Perceptual Appreciation by Sophie Arkette

Cricket Voice and Whisper Study played at the Helicotrema Festival in Rome, Italy, April 18 - 21, 2013.

Playing with the Voice and Blurring Boundaries in Hildegard Westerkamp’s “MotherVoiceTalk” by Alexa Woloshyn

In MotherVoiceTalk (2008), Hildegard Westerkamp uses archival and field recordings of conversations, reflections and nature. The work negotiates boundaries that are often blurred in the electroacoustic medium: public and private, self and other, time and space. For details, go here:

Concert, Portland Oregon, March 26, 2012. Details here

Harbour Symphony at ohrenhoch at the Noise Shop, in Berlin, Sunday, 9 and 16 October 2011, 2pm - 9pm. For details, go here

Mark Peter Wright of Ear Room interviews Hildegard Westerkamp

Shattering the Silence 2011

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Electroacoustic Focus Jan 19-23 2011 Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Für Dich - For You (2005)

has now been published along with compositions by Nicolas Bernier * Darren Copeland * Francis Dhomont * Louis Dufort * Gilles Gobeil * Robert Normandeau * Barry Truax on trans_canada, a DVD by empreintesDIGITALes. More imformation

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An interview with Hildegard in a new book by Paul Steenhuisen

Sonic Mosaics - conversations with composers

In Sonic Mosaics - conversations with composers author Paul Steenhuisen offers readers insight into the creative process and suggests ways of listening to and interpreting new music. Steenhuisen talks one-to-one with thirty-two of his contemporaries with a colleague's candor, sympathy and expertise.

The University of Alberta Press, January 2009 For more details and to order: The University of Alberta Press

Hildegard Westerkamp presenting at:
The 8th SCHOOL OF SOUND International Symposium
15 - 18 April 2009
Purcell Room - Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre, London SE1

and at Goldsmiths, University of London:
20 April 2009, 14:00 - 17:00
Art and Soundscapes
Composer and acoustic ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp will present and discuss her compositional work.
For more details see the calendar: http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=2751

World Premiere of New Compositions:
Seascapes

By Hildegard Westerkamp
a newly created sound environment for Audrey Capel Doray's Electronic Seascape (mixed media sculpture)
Shown as part of Idyll: Three Exhibitions
16 May - 10 August, 2008
Opening reception Saturday 31 May, 1 to 3 pm
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
The University of British Columbia

MotherVoiceTalk
By Hildegard Westerkamp
performed in the context of Vancouver New Music's Marginalia, re-visioning Roy Kiyooka
20 - 23 February 2008 | 8pm
Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables Street

Winner of the 2008 Alcan Performing Arts Award, Marginalia wishes to create an opportunity for the public to consider aspects and values of art making, Kiyooka's multiple practice and the inspiration stemming from its richness and diversity. The idea of referring to different works by Kiyooka, consists then of composing a form in which these layered differences can become a practical piece. Simultaneity, polycentricity and overlapping points of view will be the characteristic elements of Marginalia. BC composers Jocelyn Morlock, Stefan Smulovitz, Stefan Udell and Hildegard Westerkamp will be the commissioned artists who will be writing the four new works within a strong relationship to Kiyooka's works. The new compositions will take cues and motivations from specific characters, ideas and passages in Kiyooka's works and will become an organic stimulus for an inner dialogue between Kiyooka, his displayed works, the composers, the performing musicians and the audience. Like a musical palimpsest the dialogue among the various components of Marginalia will not be just an echo of Kiyooka's work, not simply a response; it will have a life of its own in the interactive relation between the composers and Kiyooka, his cross-cultural and polymorphic artistic approach and his inner dialogue and research.

News from the Film World
Excerpts of Hildegard Westerkamp's compositions have been included in the soundtrack of Elephant and Last Days, two recent films by Gus van Sant.
CDs of both soundtracks have been released in France by mk2 music.