January - March, 2017 :  WFAE Quarterly News Vol. 14 No. 1
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UP FRONT: President's Report
From Eric Leonardson

Happy New Year! It is my great pleasure to introduce this issue of the newly formatted WFAE Quarterly News announcing the launch of our rebuilt website, an active blogand the publication of our first digital journal. All of these platforms include a new World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) logo designed by Chicago-based artist, designer, and composer, Dan Mohr. Not only is our visual design upgraded, our journal and website utilize current digital standards, media, and databases to enhance the accessibility, functionality, affordability, and inclusivity of the WFAE’s global forum as a network of associated groups and individuals.

This effort started in 2012, initially to make the journal’s production more cost-effective. The complexity of the tasks included was challenging but enticing. By 2016 the organization was in a better position to evolve our Internet presence—website, digital journal, newsletter and social media—more effectively and in an integrated way. An “e-journal” has the capacity for including more than audio and makes the flow of information porous and interactive as dynamic replaces content. The ability to include high quality color images and video exemplify the journal’s more inclusive capacity. A more inclusive, nimble and interactive approach should engage and attract new members, providing that forum for discourse and connection that the WFAE has always strived to be for the new, burgeoning field of acoustic ecology in its ever-growing manifestations.

In this edition of the WFAE Quarterly News we continue to feature news from individual WFAE members as well as from the Japan Association for Sound Ecology (JASE) and the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology (AFAE). I also take this space, on behalf of the WFAE, to welcome Tyler Kinnear, the newest new member of the WFAE Board representing the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology (CASE)/Association canadienne pour L’écologie sonore (ACÉS).

To read the full President's Report click here. 

Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Volume 15
is now available as a free PDF format download housed on WFAE’s new website. *

Volume 15 is the first of a two-part set on the theme of guest editor Jay Needham, "Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies." The centerpiece article, "Earworms" by renowned author Timothy Morton, includes full-color photography by Sarah Lewison and Todd Birdsong. Articles by Lewison and Paul Ratcliff, a book review by Scott Smallwood, and a memorial to Jed Speare by Christopher DeLaurenti makes this edition an important, highly practical, and richly poetic offering.

Volume 16 is slated for publication in March, 2017. Read more about its contents here. Contact Soundscape Editor-in-Chief, Phylis Johnson, immediately if you have a WFAE announcement for consideration.

*Print copies were not produced.
Download Soundscape Volume 15
April in the Azores!

Contact WFAE President Eric Leonardson if you would like to meet to explore leadership opportunities, greet prospective affiliates and members, or volunteer at WAFE's information table at the Invisible Places 2017 on San Miguel Island, Portugal.
Invisible Places 2017

Affiliate Report: JASE/SAJ
Japanese Society for Acoustic Ecology
Tadahiko Imada

The Soundscape Association of Japan (parent organization of JASE) met throughout 2016.

May 28-29: The 2016 General Meeting and Symposium was held at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. The symposium, entitled “The Soundscape of Tokyo Water System” began with introduction by Hiroshi Washino (art director) and keynote speech by Keiko Torigoe (professor at Aoyama Gakuin University), followed by comments of two panels, Hiroshi Kamiya (water line designer) and Kimio Takami (professor at Hosei University).

May 29: The 2016 Spring Research Seminar was held in ASTUDIO at Aoyama Gakuin University included two oral presentations and two demonstrations.

July 31: “Finding Sounds in Pictures” in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum consisted of 1) Workshop facilitated by Hideki Suzuki (teacher, Elementary School Attached to the Tokyo Gaugei University) and Teppei Kambayashi (teacher, Waseda Jitsugyo Primary School) and 2) keynote lecture by Kento Takahashi (doctoral student at Hirosaki University), followed by talk session together with Yoshihiro Kawasaki (sound artist, sound designer) and Tadahiko Imada (professor at Hirosaki University).  

September 17: “Listening to Insects in the Mount Takao” was led by instructors Eiji Otani (Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute) and Teruyo Oba (Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba).

November 13: “The Soundscape Formed by Festival Music” at the Sugunami Historical Museum in Tokyo featured Kohei Nishikawa, one of the most accomplished traditional Japanese transverse flutes' players.

December 18: The 2016 Autumn Research Seminar at Kumamoto University offered three oral presentations and two demonstrations. Questions or follow up may be directed to Tadahiko Imamada.

29 June – 2 July 2017

Sound + Environment

Affiliate Report: AFAE
Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology
Dr. Leah Barclay

AFAE introduces a new management committee in 2017, with Toby Gifford stepping into the public officer role and Andrew Skeoch, Vicki Hallett and Jesse Budel joining as new committee members. Leah Barclay will continue as president, while Anthony Magen and Nigel Frayne will remain on the committee in advisory roles.

The latest newsletter from the AFAE reflects on 2016 and includes further details from our 2016 AGM. Read the full newsletter

The AFAE recently launched its new
website and has multiple projects in progress for 2017. We invite you to connect with AFAE members and stay up to date with acoustic ecology in Australia on Facebook and Twitter.
World Listening Day
21 -23 August 2017
i-DAT, Plymouth University, UK

Call for Submissions Extended: February 13
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