Thursday, August 21, 2014

45th meeting, Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

with Veljo Runnel
Wednesday, August 27th
Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu

This month we welcome Estonian nature recordist and biologist Veljo Runnel for his third visit to helikoosolek, the last one being back in late 2012 when he presented the relaunch online portal for Estonian animal sounds, Kõrv loodusesse (Ear into Nature). This year he released a new album featuring recordings from the Emajõe-Suursoo, will will be the basis of his visit:

Discovering the soundscapes of Emajõe-Suursoo

Sounds of a particular location in nature can be as diverse and changing as nature itself. I learned this through frequent trips to Emajõe-Suursoo over two years. It resulted in a nature sound album and many hours of material not heard on the album. For this helikoosolek I will play samples from the album and we will discuss what constitutes the acoustic identity of a location.

Veljo Runnel is a biologist, but also studied psychology at the University of Tartu. He started sound recording in 1999, with as his main interests the sounds of animals and natural soundscapes, but also auditory perception in general and the interpretation of the sonic world. He has been running workshops for teachers and nature interpreters for learning about biodiversity in nature, and also workshops in nature photography and sound recording.

He has released several nature sound CDs with The Estonian Fund for Nature.

helikoosolek:tartu is a regular gathering for the exploration of sound in all forms. The meetings comprise presentations, concerts, workshops, discussions, and field trips pertaining to sound and its consideration in art, music, architecture, ecology, philosophy, social and cultural interaction, and any other context that presents itself. Participants are encouraged to propose activities or discussions on topics of their interest, or to present projects of their own for feedback. Sessions take place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Eesti Rahva Muuseum.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised by Patrick McGinley and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum and Tartu Linnavalitsus.