The American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE) is a membership organization dedicated to promoting a holistic understanding of sound, listening, and environment through research and creative exploration.
The ASAE promotes a holistic understanding of sound, listening, and environment. Our members participate in an interdisciplinary community that supports and encourages their artistic, scholarly, and scientific endeavors. Through its activities, the ASAE provides a ground for communication and collaboration among diverse fields and individuals, establishing connections among its membership, with the public, and with related organizations.
The ASAE is managed by an elected Board of Directors who serve two-year terms.
Stephan Moore, President
Stephan Moore is a composer, improviser, audio artist, sound designer, teacher, and curator based in Brooklyn and Providence. His creative work currently manifests as electronic studio compositions, solo and group improvisations, sound installation works, scores for collaborative performance pieces, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Since receiving an Electronic Arts MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Curtis Bahn, he has created custom music software for a number of composers and artists, and taught workshops and numerous college-level courses in composition, programming, sound art and electronic music. He is the curator and artistic director of In The Garden of Sonic Delights at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a long-term exhibition of outdoor sound art across Westchester County, begun in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the MEME program at Brown University.
Phylis Johnson, Vice President
Dr. Phylis Johnson is Professor of Sound & New Media in the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is Editor of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology and the Editor of The Journal of Radio and Audio Media. She has written four books (see Amazon.com) in media studies, as well as chapters and articles dealing with issues in sound and new media. She operates a sim within Second Life on behalf of her university, in partnership with the University of Western Australia, with dedicated space to a several-layered interactive in-world lab used for teaching sound studies and practice as well as serving as a virtual film studio for transmedia storytelling.
Thompson Bishop, Secretary
Thompson Alexander Bishop is an environmental advocate and sound artist/composer. With undergraduate degrees in both music and recording arts, since a young age he has been involved and entranced with sound and the environment. Currently finishing his graduate degree in animal policy and advocacy, Bishop's thesis in process is examining the potential/possibility of Soundwalks as a means/vehicle for environmental advocacy. Growing up in both Tennessee and Colorado, Bishop now lives full-time in the Roaring Fork Valley, CO; in January, he began a one-year research study at local nature preserve in the upper roaring fork valley, pulling data from both acoustic and SPL microphone setups, in attempts to examine and document the current soundscape of this area in hopes of creating a ground for future phenological research. With current involvement in both philanthropic and environmental boards, and having written the bylaws and governing documents for his university's student association, he looks forward to helping as Secretary with the American Society of Acoustic Ecology.
Michael Bullock, Treasurer
Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, and media artist based in Philadelphia, PA. His work encompasses electroacoustic improvisation, video, synthesizer, voice, contrabass, and bass guitar. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a huge range of artists including Bertrand Gauguet, Andy Guhl, Mazen Kerbaj, Pauline Oliveros, Bhob Rainey, Steve Roden, Keith Rowe, and Christian Wolff.
Bullock’s music has been released by numerous labels including Sedimental, Intransitive, Important, Winds Measure, Sedimental, Grob, and al Maslakh. He holds a PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has taught and lectured in the US and Europe on field recording and improvisation. Collaborating with Linda Aubry Bullock they perform together at rise set twilight, make porcelain as Aubry Arts, and co-run the art-edition label Shadowselves.
Hethre Contant, Outreach Director
Hethre Contant loves sound, stories and ideas. She mixes these interests together by undertaking vast, long-term research projects that result in a menagerie of artistic and scholarly objects. Her current long-term project is Ph.D. research at University of New South Wales Art and Design (UNSWAD) in Sydney, Australia. She is investigating instances where political-aesthetic energies and creative transmission practices collide to form a particularly “charged atmosphere.”
Brandon Mechtley, Web Director
Brandon Mechtley is a postdoctoral researcher at the Kansas Biological Survey, where he is exploring applications of signal processing and machine learning to the study of population ecology. He is currently studying theoretical models of propagation of synchrony throughout trophic networks across space at multiple time scales. Brandon received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, where he worked on applying techniques in multimedia information retrieval and computer music synthesis to the study of acoustic ecology, specifically focusing on the analysis and synthesis of natural soundscapes.
David Aftandilian, Member At-Large
Dave Aftandilian is associate professor of anthropology at Texas Christian University, co-chair of the Animals and Religion Group for the American Academy of Religion, and chair of the Tarrant County Food Policy Council’s Working Group on Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture. He is also a founding member and outgoing secretary of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology. He is the editor of What Are the Animals to Us? Approaches from Science, Religion, Folklore, Literature, and Art (Tennessee, 2007), and coeditor of a book entitled “City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness” (with Gavin Van Horn; forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in Fall 2015). His research and teaching focus on animals and religion, Native American religions and ecology, food justice, and contemplative practices, including deep listening.
Eric Leonardson, Member At-Large
Eric Leonardson is an accomplished Chicago-based composer, radio artist, sound designer, instrument inventor, improvisor, visual artist, and teacher. As well as being President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), he is director of the World Listening Project (founded in 2008) and founder (in 2009) of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, a regional chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE). He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jeremiah Moore, Member At-Large
Jeremiah Moore works across the disciplines of film, theater, radio, interactive work, mobile experiences, haptic augmentation, and site-specific installation. His work deals with interfaces between humans, nature, and technology, cultural observation, experiences of time, and transformation of commercial culture into meaningless bliss. Much of his work is collaborative in nature. He recently performed a live mix of The Residents' seminal experimental album Eskimo on the 100+ speaker-channel Meyer Constellation sound system at The Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum. Films he has designed and mixed have premiered at Sundance, Mill Valley, Toronto, San Francisco International, Silverdocs and SXSW. He sound-designed Josh Izenberg's short doc "Slomo" which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. With colleagues in his company momentaudio, he designed and implemented sound for artist Ai WeiWei's "@LARGE" exhibition on Alcatraz island. In addition to serving on the board of ASAE, he co-chairs Bay Area Sound Ecology, which creates and curates real-world social experiences around listening. He is also a core-team member of The TANK, a developing place-based sonic arts center in North-West Colorado. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and two sons who, like him, never sleep.
Jay Needham, Member At-Large
Jay Needham is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer, teacher and scholar. He utilizes multiple creative platforms and his works often have a focus on recorded sound, archives and the interpretation of artifacts. His sound art, works for radio and visual art have appeared at museums, festivals and on the airwaves worldwide. Through applied aspects of his research, Needham strives to affect positive change and bridge the gap between the arts and the sciences. His latest sound installation is on permanent display in the new BioMuseo in Panama. He has been invited to speak at many noted programs including the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Department of Techno-Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis, California Institute of the Arts the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. His research is published in the journals, Exposure, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Leonardo Music Journal, and in the book Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture. Needham is also the Interim Director of the Global Media Research Center at SIUC. He received his MFA from The School of Art at California Institute of the Arts in 1989.
Andrea Polli, Member At-Large
Andrea Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects and writing. She has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group in New York City, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and AirNow. She holds a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles on Intellect Press.
She has received a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Computing, Communications and Electronics from the University of Plymouth, UK. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing.
From 2005-2008 she served as the Director of the Integrated Media Arts Master of Fine Arts Program at Hunter College/CUNY. From 2006-2009 she was co-chair of the Leonardo Education Forum, an affiliate of the MIT Press and the College Art Association of America (CAA) that promotes the advancement of research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science, and technology and from 2004-2008 she was co-chair of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, a multi-disciplinary group exploring the urban sound environment and a chapter of the American and World Forums for Acoustic Ecology.
Christopher Preissing, Member At-Large
Composer, sound artist, co-creator, producer, and artistic instigator, Christopher Preissing creates sound for live, interactive, and immersive environments. Focusing on the space between the intentional and the unintentional, between and among art forms and artists, his work investigates non-hierarchical relationships among materials and co-creators. An avid field recordist, Christopher may be found audio spelunking in abandoned warehouses or factories, collecting sounds in field and vale, or dumpster diving for sound objects in alleys. Collected sounds find literal form, are recontexualized, or inform his sound scores and compositions. Christopher has been Artist-in-Residence and Fellow at Beloit College, Indiana University, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerrassi, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has received awards from the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago, ICMC 60×60, and American Composers Forum. Recent work includes The Floating City with Kristina Isabelle Dance,I Was Born for This an installation with Gwen Terry and Charlie Simokaitis, and f(H2T) an immersive, self-guided, co-created opera. Currently he is developing NON:op non-linear, non-hierarchical opera projects, and working on a new sound-movement opera, Thunder, Perfect Mind, and a sound-book collaboration with Amey Miller.
Jed Speare, Member At-Large
Jed Speare studied at the Sonic Research Studio of the World Soundscape Project in 1978. He is a multidisciplinary artist who has presented time-based arts internationally for over thirty years. In 2008, The Wire magazine called him “a pioneer of multimedia presentation,” for his use of location recordings in performance and multimedia collaborations. His work encompasses albums, notably Cable Car Soundscapes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1982) and Sound Works 1982-1987 (Family Vineyard, 2008); public projects such as Quiet Zone (Fitchburg, MA, 1994; Toronto Island, 2004) and Audiograms (1994); and sound in urban design (Peaceful - An Ping, Tainan, Taiwan, 1999). In Boston, he’s been Director of two alternative arts organizations, Mobius and Studio Soto, for a combined twenty years.
Andrea Williams, Member At-Large
Sound artist and composer, Andrea Williams, utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has led soundwalks in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004, and has shown and performed both solo and with various musicians at galleries and alternative spaces internationally, such as the Whitney Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Children’s Creativity Museum, NPR, Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is a founding member of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, has led numerous Sound Ecology workshops for youth and adults, and is currently working on her PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic institute in Troy, NY.