Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio artist and sound ecologist.
She presents soundscape workshops and lectures internationally, performs and writes.

"A magical fusion of sounds."
Globe & Mail, Toronto
  • "A magical fusion of sounds."
    Globe & Mail, Toronto
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Westerkamp creates new possibilities for listening. One can journey with her sound to inner landscapes and find unexplored openings in our sound souls. The experience of her music vibrates the potential for change.”
    Pauline Oliveros,Kingston, N.Y., USA (about CD transformations)
  • "Mere words are inadequate to describe what took place when the symphony began....Waves of sound rolled back and forth across the harbour bringing thousands of downtown office workers to their windows. The Canada geese from Stanley Park were aroused and circled through the boats, honking loudly as they joined in." Ken Drushka, Harbour and Shipping) about the Harbour Symphony)
…narrative alchemy… The Wire, Issue 460

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NAISA celebrates World Listening Day 2023

NAISA celebrates World Listening Day 2023

with Online Event Saturday & In-Person Event Tuesday

July 15 @ 7pm Online Event

Listening & Accidental Wilderness
Screening and Q&A
This is a special presentation of Listening , a biopic about Hildegard Westerkamp by Mike Hoolboom and Heather Frise, as well as Accidental Wilderness by Alëna Korolëva. Mike Hoolboom will be on-hand to introduce Listening and a Q&A will follow.

July 18 @ 7pm In-Person Event

Listening & Accidental Wilderness
SOUNDwalk and Screening
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River ON
Join us on July 18, World Listening Day, for a SOUNDwalk around the environs of Deer Lake, followed by a presentation of Listening, a biopic about Hildegard Westerkamp, as well as Accidental Wilderness.


Listening is Action: A Soundwalk with Hildegard Westerkamp published in PERFORMANCE PHILOSOPHY

An extensive article and sound documentary by Luis Velasco-Pufleau (University of Bern / McGill University) has been published in PERFORMANCE PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL. 

Both the article and the sound documentary are published in open access under a Creative Commons licence:

- html and PDF versions at Performance Philosophy website https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.20...
- the sound documentary can be heard on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/luisvel...
- the sound documentary .wav file is available in open access here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo...

CKCU celebrates Hildi's 77th birthday with broadcast / remix

A two-hour special program on Hildi's work.


Caroline Profanter performs two Westerkamp pieces at the Archipel Festival, Geneva, April 8, 2023

Cricket Voice and Gently Penetrating the Sounding Surfaces of Another Place, will be diffused on an 80-speaker Acousmonium by Caroline Profanter at the Archipel Festival (March 31 – April 9), Geneva, April 8, 2023: Concert Program here.

The Soundscape Speaks at the Rewire Festival, the Hague, Holland, April 6, 2023

The Soundscape Speaks will be presented as the opening listening event of the Rewire Festival (April 6-9), the Hague, Holland, April 6, 2023: Complete Festival Program and Timetable here.

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