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.
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.
There is also a public mailing list for the ASAE on Google Groups.
The ASAE is managed by an elected Board of Directors who serve two-year terms.
Phylis Johnson, 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, Vice President
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.
Honna Veerkamp, Secretary
Honna Veerkamp is a community-oriented artist and educator whose specialties include audio documentary and sound art. She holds an MFA in Media Arts from Southern Illinois University and currently manages a digital media lab at the St. Louis Public Library.
Jon Pluskota, Treasurer
A sound engineer by trade, Jon enjoys the world of audio and what it can do for visual work. He has worked on hundreds of projects that have ranged from environmental sound recordings in the likes of Acoustic Ecology, to traditional studio and location recordings, to mix to picture and multimedia sound art installation.
Brandon Mechtley, Web Director
Brandon Mechtley is a postdoctoral scholar with the Synthesis Center in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University, where he is working to develop full-body interactive simulations of several complex dynamical systems, including atmospheric dynamics. Brandon's past work has included 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.
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.
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.