Acoustic Ecology in the Digital Era

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Since the early 1980s microprocessors and digital technology have penetrated our environment and everyday life in various utensils, devices and equipment. Among other, more obvious effects to culture and society, digitalization has changed the soundscape almost everywhere in the world.
In this paper I’m reflecting on sonic experiences, both personal and shared, asking what kind of strategies could be useful in trying to observe, analyze, understand and perhaps also to improve our sonic environment in the digital era. Are the arguments used in fighting against noise pollution valid when dealing with synthetic sounds? How should acoustic balance in the environment be defined in the digital age? Scientists, scholars and artists working with sound should share and discuss their views on ecology and aesthetics of the digitalized soundscape in order to challenge designers to improve the sonic dimension of our collective environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Invisible Places 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventInvisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place - San Miguel, Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Duration: 7 Apr 20179 Apr 2017


ConferenceInvisible Places
Abbreviated titleIP 2017
CityPonta Delgada
Internet address


  • acoustic ecology
  • acustemology
  • acoustic ethnography
  • digitalization

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