Towards an auraldiverse practice
Professor John L. Drever will present the evolving concept of aural diversity, which seeks to open up how we define hearing, departing from the prevailing universalised idealised mechanistic symmetrical formulation of the human sense of hearing, towards embracing and celebrating the reality of hearing from lived experience in all its diversity. The talk will look back at one of the earliest recorded urban noise studies, London Street Noises from 1928, from a time that predates the employment of the decibel and the preoccupation with hearing loss from exposure to sound. Moving to the present day, Drever will outline his own research into hand dryer noise, and his response through sound art practice in an attempt to devise inclusive, aurally diverse work.
John L. Drever
Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR).
John Levack Drever operates at the intersection of disciplines that deal with sound including acoustics, audiology, environmental studies and sound art. He has a special interest in soundscape methods, in particular field recording and soundwalking. In 1998 he co-founded the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology). He was awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts in 2001. Drever is an avid collaborator and a member of Blind Ditch. He has devised sound in many different configurations and contexts. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, France (1999) to Shiga National Museum, Japan (2012). Most recently he collaborated with Ruralrecreation on the School of Insects
(2021-22) at Trumpington Park Primary School. Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR). He first presented the concepts of auraltypical hearing and auraldiversity at Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound at Harvard University in 2015
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