Biosphere Soundscapes

Biosphere Soundscapes, founded by Leah Barclay in Queensland, Australia, in 2012, is a large-scale interdisciplinary research project that uses the creative possibilities in acoustic ecology, ecoacoustics, and sound as a measurement of environmental health in UNESCO biosphere reserves. Biosphere Soundscapes organizes immersive residencies with artists and scientists, research laboratories, intensive masterclasses, and a diversity of creative projects spanning four continents.

Biosphere reserves are sites recognised under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) to promote innovative approaches to sustainable development. There are currently 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each biosphere reserve is designed and managed in a different way, but all seek to reconcile the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. They differ from world heritage sites in that they encourage active community participation and are ideal locations to test and demonstrate innovative approaches to ecosystem monitoring and sustainable development. Biosphere Soundscapes draws on the inherent interdisciplinary nature of sound to explore cultural and biological diversity through accessible audio recording technologies, interdisciplinary creativity and environmental engagement with local and global communities.

The Biosphere Soundscapes' artistic and scientific team is now active across the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the USA. Artistic collaborations include sound artists Ros Bandt, Daniel Blinkhorn and Gerardo Dirie, and our masterclasses and field labs have been conducted by environmental artists, among them Francisco Lopez and Andrea Polli. Recordings provide scientific data for biodiversity analysis as well as source material for creative works.



The picture above shows Ros Bandt and Daniel Blinkhorn at work in April 2016.