Ecological Interference: Hybrid Soundscapes


Linda O Keeffe (United Kingdom Lancaster University)


This work is an artistic exploration of a paper submitted for this conference. The art work examines through video and sound the impact of renewable technologies on natural soundscapes. The work is responding to two field trips taken to Iceland and the Terra Alta Region of Northern Spain in the summer of 2015. During these two trips it was found that sounds produced by two technologies, hydroelectric power station and wind turbines, produced consistent low frequency sounds audible within the natural acoustic ecology. This work uses the recordings from these two different spaces, along with my voice and the sounds of technological interference to create a human/natural soundscape. The artwork is a response to how one can both critique the soundscape of these technologies and explore concepts around adaptation to new sonic environments.


O Keeffe is a lecturer in sound studies at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. She works as a sound artist and has created work for public installation, gallery exhibition, radio, dance and theatre. She is currently working on two sound projects, which explore gender issues in sound technology, and post colonialism in Ireland and Australia.

Balance-Unbalance 2017

Balance-Unbalance (BunB)
is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

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