A Sonic Palimpsest: Revisiting Chatham Historic Dockyards

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Call for Submissions (ended)

Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment

Call for Submissions. Deadline 30 June 2022. Revised Deadline 8 July 2022.

**The Call for Submissions has now closed.**

Proposals are invited for academic papers, study reports, acousmatic compositions, installations and workshops. Research students and early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit.

Dates for the Conference
28th-30th October 2022

Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ, United Kingdom.

Brief Description

“To ask for a map is to say, tell me a story” (Turchi 2004:11).

The Sonic Cartography conference invites composers, artists, filmmakers and scholars interested in environmentally informed practices to come together and debate the issues surrounding the aesthetics, ethics and politics of mapping and storytelling within creative and heritage contexts.

We invite academic papers, project reports, fixed media compositions, installations and workshops which respond to questions of mapping and geographies across sound and image media. We seek to enquire: What stories do we tell through maps and soundscapes? How do soundscapes and context-based approaches to composition challenge or re-enforce social archetypes, histories and politics? What might the social function of soundscape studies be? In what ways do our reproduced mediascapes and soundscapes engender territories of the real? (to paraphrase Baudrillard 1994: 1). What new opportunities are opened to us when we think about the soundscape as map?

Across both creative practice submissions and paper talks we look forward to receiving submissions on the following potential topics:

  • Historical Soundscapes
  • Sound Archives
  • Sound Mapping
  • Sound and Place
  • Sound Memories
  • Anthropology and Sound
  • Industrial Soundscapes
  • Representation in Soundscape
  • Oral Histories
  • Placemaking
  • Space and Place in Media

Sound Cartography aims to situate questions within musical, visual, social and cultural contexts; foster inter-disciplinarity and explore sound, voice, text, listening, audibility and inaudibility.

Keynote speakers

Prof Laudan Nooshin
Dr Mariana López

Concerts / Installations

Concerts will take place in Chatham Historic Dockyard with the Music & Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST), and will include a selection from the Call for Works. In addition, there will be a Listening Room at the Engineering Workshop for sound and A/V works and various locations in the Historic Dockyard for sound installations.

Further Details

Please submit your works and proposals through EasyChair.

Deadline for all submissions is on 30 June 2022, at 6.00pm (BST). Authors will be notified that their work is accepted by 20 July 2022.

Presentations of papers will last for 20 min with 10 min for questions/discussion. Submit a pdf file containing your abstract (500 words max) and biography (150 words max).

Participants will be invited to contribute a written version of their paper to a peer reviewed publication following the conference.

Submit a pdf file that contains the following:

  1. Technical requirements, including channel spatial arrangement if you submit a multi-channel piece (up to 8 channels). Composers are required to attend in person for concert performances. Playback in the Listening Room does not require attendance in person.
  2. Programme notes.
  3. Short biography (150 word max).
  4. A download weblink to an audio file (wav) of your work. A selection of works will be diffused live with our MAAST diffusion system that uses 32 loudspeakers. For multichannel compositions submit links to: (a) a stereo reduction of your piece and (b) mono files of each channel (indicating e.g. for 8 channels: L, R, FSL, FSR, RSL, RSR, RL, RR).

Submit a pdf file that contains the following:

  1. Technical requirements.
  2. Programme notes.
  3. Short biography (150 word max).
  4. Documentation for the proposed work, and a web link with a recording or video clip as appropriate.

Artists are responsible for providing all necessary components for their installation, and they are required to confirm with the Organising Committee the feasibility of their setup at the installation space, after their proposal is accepted.

Proposals for workshops pertinent to the theme are invited.

For summer 2022 we have access to a custom Wave Field Synthesis system consisting of 192 loudspeakers. We invite proposals for new compositions developed for the WFS system, which respond to the conference theme.

This residency opportunity provides access to the workspace with the WFS system, as well as custom software for remote composition. Successful candidates will be able to develop their compositions remotely via a binaural emulator and visit the WFS workspace for detailed mixing and editing.

Compositions will be presented during the conference on the WFS system.

Proposals should include: thematic or aesthetic ideas, details of sound materials to be used; how your proposal relates to the conference theme; and why you want to use the WFS system (600 words max) including links to examples of previous multichannel compositions and formats. And a biography (200 words max) in a single pdf document.

This residency is made possible through our collaboration with AΦE Lab.

Please register by Friday 30 September 2022.

Online Registration through the University of Kent website http://store.kent.ac.uk


– £60 non-students
– £20 students
– £10 University of Kent and University of Greenwich students

Prices include entrance to paper presentations, two MAAST concerts, the Wave Field Synthesis compositions presentations, installations, coffee and lunch.

Organised by
The Sonic Palimpsest, Universities of Kent and Greenwich.

Funded by
Arts and Humanities Research Council

Organising Committee
Dr Aki Pasoulas (chair), University of Kent, UK
Dr Andrew Knight-Hill, University of Greenwich, UK
Dr Brona Martin, University of Kent, UK

Contact email address for enquiries: MAAST.Kent@gmail.com