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


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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Canadian Acoustical Association’s Acoustics Week in Canada 2019

I was one of three plenary speakers at the Canadian Acoustical Association’s Acoustics Week in Canada 2019, in Edmonton October 811, 2019. The title of my talk: Grounded in Listening - Messages from Inside the Soundscape. Link to event: https://awc.caa-aca.ca/index.php/AWC/AWC19

I also gave a seminar to graduate students in composition, as well as a presentation to faculty and students at the music department at the University of Alberta.

Westerkamp article included in new book "Sound, Media, Ecology"

My article “The Disruptive Nature of Listening: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow", just came out in the recently published book Sound, Media, Ecology: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030165680

It is an extended article from my talk at ISEA entitled “The Disruptive Nature of Listening”. You can read the talk on my web site here.

Westerkamp with guest pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa at University of Victoria

Orion Series in Fine Arts presents

Hildegard Westerkamp, composer, radio artist and sound ecologist
With Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
School of Music, Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria
Victoria BC

Kits Beach Soundwalk will be presented at Broad Topics 07: Curated by Aliya Pabani

Cohen Commons – John Labatt Visual Arts Centre – Western University, London, Ontario, Thursday January 24, 2019, 6-8pm

The event is free and accessible to the public

BYOC (bring your own cushion)

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​Into the Labyrinth at M U R M U R A T I O N S, SPATIAL SOUND FESTIVAL

at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

7-10TH OCTOBER, 2018.

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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


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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