WOMEN IN SOUND?

A SYMPOSIUM AT LANCASTER INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS… AND SOME GOOD RESEARCH LEADS FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN SOUND ART…

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Women’s role in sound has largely been excluded from academic texts. The author Douglas Kahn in his seminal work, Noise Water Meat, noted that there had been no ‘fruitful studies of females’ in sound and/or music studies, though there exist numerous contributors to various sound disciplines. However, there are now some seminal texts that have been written by women on sound, which have contributed to various fields of study from ecology to music technology, urban and noise theory, listening practices and history. These authors include Pauline Oliveros, Andra McCartney, Mags Adams, Karin Bijsterveld, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Emily Thompson, to name a few. There are also publications which have sought to give voice to those working as creative sound practitioners such as the books Her Noise, and Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound. This symposium launches a new network that seeks to redress a growing knowledge gap concerning the impact women have in the field of sound studies, particularly within sound and music technology.

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