Call: Sounding Out. A Symposium On Sound in the Media

Martin Shingler invites us:

From 4-6th September 2008 the University of Sunderland will be hosting
Sounding Out 4, a three day international symposium on sound in the
media. Sounding Out 3 in September 2006 was a terrific event with over
100 delegates from all over the world, a great line-up of keynote
speakers and some wonderful papers and presentations. There was a
great atmosphere (largely due to the lovely weather). We’re hoping
that many of those who came before will return for Sounding Out 4 and
many who weren’t able to come before will take this opportunity.

We’ve assembled a magnificant line-up of speakers: including Richard
Dyer, Hildagard Westerkamp and Neil Brand.

As before we’ll be presenting some new and exciting audio and audio-
visual work from around the world. We’ve also created space in the
programme for 40 papers by delegates.

Please find the first Call for Papers and
further details on the Sounding Out website at

This is the call:

Call for Papers & Presentations (deadline: 14 th March 2008)
SOUNDING OUT 4 An International Symposium on Sound in the Media
4-6 September, 2008 – University of Sunderland
Sounding Out will return to the University of Sunderland’s Media Centre in September 2008, hosted by the Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies. The conference aims to promote links and dialogue between practitioners, students and academics concerned with SOUND as communication, entertainment and creative practice across various media: including film, radio, television, video, audiobooks, electroacoustic music, sonic art, new digital media and computer games. Sounding Out 4 is particularly interested in the twin themes of sound and memory, sound and history but these are by no means exclusive and the debate is expected to be as wideranging and forwardlooking as on previous occasions. The conference will include a selection of keynote speakers drawn from a variety of media (theory and practice), presentations of audio and audiovisual work, plus 14 panels of papers by delegates (a total of 40 papers).
Keynote presentations will be given by:

Simo Alitalo
Finnish Sound Sculptor

Ira Bhaskar
Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
Neil Brand
Playwright, radio dramatist, author, silent film accompanist & film music composer.

Richard Dyer
Professor of Film, Kings College London. His books include Stars (1979), Now You See It (1990), Only Entertainment (1992), White (1997) and Pastiche (2007).
Sean Street
Professor of Radio, Bournemouth University, radio poet & producer, author of A Concise History of British Radio (2002).
Hildegard Westerkamp
Vancouverbased composer and sound ecologist, a key member of the World Soundscape Project in the midseventies, a founder member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), and coeditor of Soundscape – The Journal of Acoustic Ecology.

Proposals are invited for illustrated presentations of not more than 20 minutes, which may
include 5 minutes of audio or audiovisual material.
For more information on this and the previous conferences, please visit our website at:
Please send your abstract of no more than 150 words by 14 th March to
Martin Shingler, SOUNDING OUT 4, The Media Centre, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s,
St Peter’s Way, Sunderland, SR6 ODD, United Kingdom
Or email
Organizers: Nick Cope – Christine Gledhill – Peter M Lewis – Caroline Mitchell – Chris Priestman Gianluca Sergi – Martin Shingler – Ulrike Sieglohr


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