This symposium presents an exciting networking opportunity for female partitioners who work in the area of sonic studies. As part of PRS, 'Women Make Music' Commission, I have curated a concert in collaboration with the Full of Noises Festival. The concert features sound works by female composers exploring the themes of storytelling and soundscape . This concert features works by Cathy Lane, Linda O'Keeffe, Annie Mahtani, Virginie Viel and Karen Power and will also feature my commissioned work, Beyond The Lakes. This concert has been performed at the Full of Noises Festival 2015, in Barrow-in-Furness and also Cafe Oto, London. It will also feature as part of this symposium in Lancaster. The symposium is a full day of papers and artworks finishing with a concert at 8pm.
Proceedings and Schedule available here.
"Women’s role in sound has largely been excluded from academic texts. The author Douglas Kahn in his seminal work, Noise Water Meat, noted that there had been no ‘fruitful studies of females’ in sound and/or music studies, though there exist numerous contributors to various sound disciplines. However, there are now some seminal texts that have been written by women on sound, which have contributed to various fields of study from ecology to music technology, urban and noise theory, listening practices and history. These authors include Pauline Oliveros, Andra McCartney, Mags Adams, Karin Bijsterveld, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Emily Thompson, to name a few. There are also publications which have sought to give voice to those working as creative sound practitioners such as the books Her Noise, and Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound. This symposium launches a new network that seeks to redress a growing knowledge gap concerning the impact women have in the field of sound studies, particularly within sound and music technology. The network has plans to develop knowledge nodes, and potential creative and research collaborative opportunities. This first symposium will start the conversation about where the network will go, and how members can play a role in its development."