We need to allow for time to pass without any action, without any solutions and to just experience it. I think that a slowdown is an absolute – if there is any chance to survive – that kind of slowing down through listening and meditation and through not doing so much. I think there’s some hope in that.
Hildegard Westerkamp, conscient podcast conversation with Claude Schryer, March 31, 2021, Vancouver
Soundscape composer Hildegard Westerkamp hears the world differently than most people.
Where many of us might hear noise, she uncovers extraordinary beauty and meaning. It's all in how we listen to our environment.
Paul Kennedy joins Hildegard Westerkamp on a sound-walk through Vancouver's downtown eastside, and explores how opening our ears to our surroundings can open our minds.
"Talking Rain" by Hildegard Westerkamp
Interview with David Grierson of CBC about the composition Talking Rain.
Simon Fraser University Visual Studies Lab, March 21, 2011
Note: This interview was conducted in the Sonic Research Studio at Simon Fraser University as part of a SSHRC funded research project, Listening With Technology, under principal investigator Prof. Jan Marontate, in the School of Communication, with co-investigators Barry Truax and David Murphy. These interviews are provided for research purposes only, and may not be copied or used in media productions or broadcasts without the written consent of Prof. Marontate.
Sonic Mosaics - conversations with composers, author Paul Steenhuisen offers readers insight into the creative process and suggests ways of listening to and interpreting new music. Steenhuisen talks one-to-one with thirty-two of his contemporaries with a colleague's candour, sympathy and expertise. Interview with Hildegard Westerkamp pp. 241-248.
The University of Alberta Press, January 2009, pp 241-248. Available for purchase here. Download the PDF here.
Sonic interactions with the world: an interview with Hildegard Westerkamp, by Rodrigo Sacic, in The Art & Technique of Sound Design, December 5, 2016
“Hildegard Westerkamp, interviewed by Cathy Lane”, in: In the Field, The Art of Field Recording, by Cathy Lane & Angus Carlyle, Uniformbooks 2013, pp109-121. Available for purchase on the Books page. Download the PDF here.
Hildegard Westerkamp, by Mark Peter Wright of Ear Room, July 6, 2011
The Work of Hildegard Westerkamp in the Films of Gus Van Sant: An Interview with the Soundscape Composer (and some added thoughts of my own)
by Randolph Jordan Off Screen: Eclectic and Serious Film Criticism, Volume 11, Issue 8-9 / September 2007.