Jonathan Gilmurray

Ecoacoustics: Ecology and Environmentalism in Contemporary Music and Sound Art

London College of Communication

My research investigates the growing field of contemporary ecological sound art. It aims to contextualise the movement through an overview of its development, examining its historical, cultural, political, and sociological background; to investigate the various approaches, techniques, and methodologies adopted, the philosophical and socio-political meanings and messages they carry, and what they hope to achieve, both on an aesthetic level, and regarding the environmental issues they purport to address; and to critically evaluate it, asking what can be concluded about the role and usefulness of sound art in humankind’s response to contemporary environmental issues.

Supervisors

Professor Cathy Lane

Professor Angus Carlyle