As a way of raising awareness of a research project, and as a creative output, a soundscape composition can often attempt to engage the audience without interrupting the sense of the sonic environment which it is attempting to represent. As has been discussed already, this can be achieved by using just the sounds of the environment in an electroacoustic approach to composition but some composers prefer to combine electroacoustic methods with more traditional approaches to composition such as using existing musical instruments.
Although this approach doesn’t just use the sounds of the environment it is an essential tool to the acoustic ecologist as a composer, as this music might be more engaging and appealing to a listener who is more used to hearing music made on instruments rather than music made from the sounds of an environment. This is important because raising awareness of the environment is a primary concern of the acoustic ecologist. Let us not forget that the acoustic ecologist is also a composer, often with many years of study and development of skill within the larger sphere of music, and may consider that the beauty of an environment will be further enhanced by representing it with musical instruments.
Photo: Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2014). Outdoor Violin. Retrieved from http://www.sewaneemusicfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/outdoor-violin-web.jpg
Photo: Passion2Read. (2015). Snowflakes. Retrieved from https://passion2read.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/img_20111220_213042.jpg
Video: dehmussulini. (2009). SNOWFORMS - R. Murray Schafer. [YouTube]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/HtTWkxgStKE
• R. Murray Schafer
• Hildegard Westerkamp
• Annea Lockwood
Information about these composers and their work (including links to places to purchase them) can be found in the Composers Section.