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January Biophilia: Pittsburgh Meeting

Silent City: On Listening, Noise, and Nature in Urban Environments

Guest Speaker: Abby Aresty

In the coming months, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes will come alive with a symphony of local, natural sounds. The sounds will evolve throughout the day, change with the seasons, and transform with the elements. In July 2013, sound artist Abby Aresty moved to Pittsburgh to begin work on this project; she has been gathering the sounds of Pittsburgh ever since. In this talk, Aresty will discuss biophilia in terms of sound, silence, and urban listening. In this context, she will share her inspirations for and development of this site-specific sound art installation, Of Earth and Sun.

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  • Phipps C.

    Thank you to everyone who made it to the event and especially Abby Aresty - it was a wonderful presentation. Abby has graciously made her presentation available to us as a PDF. Check it out!

    January 28, 2014

  • paul g w.

    This BBC podcast might be of some interest.

    Look for "Shared Planet - 17 Dec 13 - Noise in the Environment" from the Best of Natural History Radio, BBC 4.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • paul g w.

    Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound by Treavor Cox

    Snapping shrimps, musical roads, reverberating sewers, creaking glaciers and droning dunes. This is acoustician Trevor Cox's fun but thoroughly detailed scientific tour through some of the world's aural gems. Sounds like music to our ears.

    This looks like an interesting follow-up read.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Abby's presentation was very ear-opening! I hadn't given much thought to the interplay of sounds between natural phenomena and man-made structures and how we, as listeners, are affected by and in turn affect our daily soundscape. I certainly had an acute appreciation for all of the sounds that I heard walking home through snowy Schenley Park! I am excited to hear what Abby does in the Atrium space at CSL. Thanks for sharing your passion for reconnecting people with their environments, Abby.

    January 3, 2014

    • Abby A.

      Glad you enjoyed it, Stephanie! Sounds like a beautiful (if chilly!) walk home. Thanks for coming out despite the weather. :-)

      January 3, 2014

  • Ann R.

    Given the weather, is this still on? Are people still coming? Thanks, Ann

    January 2, 2014

    • Maren C.

      Roads are dicey enough (starting with our rather steep one) that I must convey my regrets. Have a great event, and I hope that everyone reaches home safely afterwards! Perhaps I'll listen to Abby's recording again...

      January 2, 2014

    • Lucyna de B.

      Sorry to bail out also - too slippery...

      January 2, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Just watched a lovely PBS documentary - What Plants Talk About
    I submitted this to Bill Peduto's idea/jobs website:
    The download wrecked the formatting and truncated. Here's an easier to read copy:

    January 2, 2014

  • Phipps C.

    Scott, you do not need tickets for the event- thanks for asking. Looking forward to seeing you Thursday!

    December 31, 2013

  • Phipps C.

    In advance of Abby Aresty's presentation, listen to a sample from her Of Earth and Sun installation here:

    December 20, 2013

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