Community Sound [e]Scapes
Welcome to the official website for the Community Sound [e]Scapes project.
About the Project
Community Sound [e]Scapes is an international research and art project exploring sound art, community, improvised creativity and the places we live.
This project was brought to you by the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice major collaborative research program, based at the University of Guelph. In 2011, the Canada Council for the Arts funded a second part of the project entitled "Community Sound [e]Scapes: Northern Ontario". In this second phase, the Community Sound [e]Scapes team worked with Ed Video Media Arts Centre and Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Northern Chiefs) on a project in remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Click the Keewaytinook Okimakanak logo under" Groups" on the right sidebar to find out more about this project.
Click on the Information icon above for a full description of the initial project methodology and research aims.
Community groups in Canada, Australia and Northern Ireland are recording sounds from where they live and learning to improvise with the audio to create artworks to explore their communities and places.
The project was designed by Dr Rebecca Caines and John Campbell working in collaboration with individuals and groups across three countries.
How to Use This Site
Hover over the icons above to find the pages for Information, Forums and how to Contact us. Click to read More Research and Press publications about the project; or check out the World Listening Day page and the Ontario Reformatory page to find out how Community Sound [e]Scapes became involved in other public events.
Click the Mixer icon and you will be taken to a brand new easy to use mixer called the eScaper. With this new tool you can improvise your own sound art with sounds from our libraries. You don't have to be an expert, it is really easy to use, and don't forget to save your improvisations to be added to our library.
You can also browse the combined Sound Library to hear the sounds that have been contributed by people of all ages who have been part of this project. Members may continue to upload their own sound samples to the sound library by clicking Your Sound Files.
Most importantly, use the Groups menu to learn all about the five community groups involved with Community Sound [e]Scapes (Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Guelph, da Vinci, Woolgoolga and Ballybeen).
There are photos, videos and soundscapes to explore on each page.
For More Information
WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT THIS SITE
Click on the play button on the picture below to watch a video about the website.
(Photograph da Vinci Program. Making fire sound. 2009. Martin Lacelle)
Video content here using Flash
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