Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio artist and sound ecologist. She presents soundscape workshops and lectures internationally, performs and writes.
After completing her music studies in the early seventies, Westerkamp's ears were drawn beyond music to the acoustic environment as a broader cultural context or place for intense listening. Whether as a composer, educator, or radio artist most of her work since the mid-seventies has centered around environmental sound and acoustic ecology.
She has taught courses in Acoustic Communication at Simon Fraser University (1981-91) in Vancouver and is giving lectures and conducting soundscape workshops internationally. Her compositions have been performed and broadcast in many parts of the world. The majority of her compositions deal with aspects of the acoustic environment: with urban, rural or wilderness soundscapes; with the voices of children, men and women; with noise or silence, music and media sounds; or with the sounds of different cultures; and so on.
Visit Westerkamp's website: https://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/
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