Acoustic Ecology

We invited R. Murray Schafer, founder of Acoustic Ecology, to New York to present on October 28, 2010, at the Greenwich House Music School, a historical view of the World Soundscape Project, and we invited Bernie Krause to share in the conversation.




In 1970, Schafer founded the World Soundscape Project (now the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. There, he worked with Hildegard Westerkamp and Barry Truax, researching the relationship between individuals, societies, and their sonic environment.

His 1977 publication The Tuning of the World summarizes his research and introduces the concept of acoustic ecology.

Another term coined in this seminal publication is that of "schizophonia" (from the Greek: schizo = split; phone = voice, sound), the state engendered by sounds split from their source by electro-acoustic reproduction.