To understand more artificial, mediated audio environments, it's first necessary to understand (and attempt to mediate) the sounds of the natural world. For our next project, we'll be reading material from the World Soundscape Project
and using their concepts to produce our own soundscapes. A soundscape is, basically, like an audio landscape. Unlike landscapes, however, they are often overlooked. For example, in the recent PBS series on National Parks
nothing was mentioned about acoustic ecology
, or the need to preserve the sound
of the natural environment (fortunately, the National Parks Service
officially recognizes this goal).