Anders Albrechtslund is Associate Professor of Information Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, and his research interests include surveillance, social media, and ethics. He is a member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Surveillance & Society, and has participated in a number of international research projects and networks, including the COST Action Living in Surveillance Societies (2009 - 2013) and Surveillance in Denmark (2010 - 2015).

 

Stephen Barber is Fellow of the International Research Center, Interweaving Performance Cultures, at Free University Berlin, and Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at Kingston University, London. His recent books are: Muybridge: The Eye in Motion (Chicago University Press, "Solar" series, 2012), England's Darkness (Sun Vision Press, 2013) and Performance Projections: Film and The Body in Action (Reaktion, 2014). He is currently the holder of a Major Research Scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

 

Olivia Block is a Chicago-based composer, who creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. Her compositions often include field recordings, chamber instruments, and electronic textures. Addition- ally, she performs multi-speaker electronic compositions, and compositions for inside piano and objects. Her latest acclaimed LP/download release, Karren (Sedimental, 2013), is an electroacoustic and orchestral piece performed by the Chicago Composers Orchestra. www.oliviablock.net

 

Félix Blume is a sound engineer, born in the South of France. He studied sound in Toulouse and at the INSAS film school in Brussels. He mainly works as a sound engineer for independent documentaries, such as Au-delà de l'Ararat (2013, dir. Tülin Özdemir), Killing Time (2011, dir. Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel), Chernobyl 4 Ever (2010, dir. Alain de Halleux). He also works with video artists, such as Francis Alÿs, Raul Ortega, and Clio Simon. He makes "sound creations," turning his sound recordings into "sonic postcards" produced and broadcasted by ARTE Radio (Fr), Phaune Radio (Fr), Radio Grenouille (Fr), KUNST RADIO (Au), and Idioteca (Sp). www.felixblume.com 

 

Tim Caspar Boehme is a cultural journalist and translator based in Berlin. He regularly writes for die taz, Spiegel Online, Spex, and Groove, amongst others. His book Ethik und Genießen. Kant und Lacan was published in 2005 by Turia + Kant.

 

Joeri Bruyninckx has a background in Science and Technology Studies. He is a researcher in the department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University, where he received his PhD degree in 2013. His dissertation explores the cultural history of sound recording in field ornithology and is currently being revised for a monograph. His has also contributed to the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (2012). He is interested in relations between the senses, technology, and scientific knowledge; his current project investigates the organization of listening and other sensory skills in the use of scientific laboratory instruments.

  

Tripta Chandola is a Delhi-based ethnographer. She is a research fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Her essays have appeared in various journals including Asian Studies Review, International Development Planning Review, and International Journal of Cultural Studies.

 

Steven Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is a writer, critic, and broadcaster, who has published books on Dickens, Beckett, Joyce and postmodernism, as well as on topics such as ventriloquism, skin, flies, and air. His most recent books are Beyond Words: Sobbing, Humming and Other Vocalizations (Reaktion, 2014) and Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His website at www.stevenconnor.com includes lectures, broadcasts, unpublished work, and work in progress.

 

Ekkehard Ehlers is a composer working in the field of electronic music. In addition to his solo career, he has recorded under the monikers Auch, Betrieb, and Ferdinand Fehlers, and as a member of the duo Autopoesies and his band März. In 2001, he began recording Plays, a series of singles to serve as tributes to some of his sources of aesthetic inspiration. He followed this album with the more abstract Politik Braucht Keinen Feind (2003), A Life Without Fear (2006), and most recently Adikia (2012). Since 2000, he has been working on ballet scores for the choreographers William Forsythe and later Christoph Winkler, and theatre music for Ulrich Rasche. As a curator Ehlers has been responsible for the "Lux Aeterna" festival at Berlin's Berghain and "Audio Poverty" at the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin.

 

Michael Flitner is Professor of Geography at Bremen University and Chair of the artec Sustainability Research Center since 2010. His publications include Sammler, Räuber und Gelehrte: Die politischen Interessen an pflanzengenetischen Ressourcen, 1895 - 1995 (Campus, 1995), Lärm an der Grenze: Fluglärm und Umweltgerechtigkeit am Beispiel des Flughafens Basel-Mulhouse (Steiner, 2007), and articles in a range of journals and edited volumes. His current research interest centres on topics of cultural and historical political ecology with ongoing projects in Germany, Indonesia and Ghana.

 

Matthew Gandy is Professor of Geography at University College London and was Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory from 2005 to 2011. His publications include Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City (The MIT Press, 2002), Urban Constellations (jovis, 2011), and The Fabric of Space: Water, Modernity, and the Urban Imagination (The MIT Press, 2014), along with articles in Architectural Design, New Left Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional and Research, Society and Space, and many other journals. He is currently researching the interface between cultural and scientific aspects to urban nature and urban biodiversity.

 

Andrew Harris is Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies at University College London, where he convenes the interdisciplinary Urban Studies MSc. His research develops critical perspectives on the role of art, creativity, and culture in recent processes of urban restructuring, and on the three-dimensional geographies of contemporary cities. He has published articles in various journals including City, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and Urban Studies. He is currently writing up material from a project exploring the construction of transport infrastructure in Mumbai.

 

Sandra Jasper is completing her doctorate on "Cyborg Imaginations: Nature, Technology, and Urban Space in West Berlin" at the UCL Urban Laboratory. From May 2014, she will be working as a postdoctoral researcher on Rethinking Urban Nature, a project funded by the European Research Council. She has published essays in Matthew Gandy (ed.) Urban Constellations (jovis, 2011) and D. Cascella and P. Inverni (ed.) What Matters Now (What Can't You Hear?) (Noch Publishing, 2013). She is the founder of Stadtkolloquium, an international research network for post- graduate urban scholars.

  

Kate E. Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity jointly at University College London and the Zoological Society of London. In 2008, she was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Award for Outstanding Contributions to Zoology and she is chair of the Bat Conservation Trust. She has published her work in many journals including Biology Letters, Conservation Biology, Nature, and Science.

 

Joanna Kusiak is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Warsaw and Darmstadt University of Technology. Her publications include Chasing Warsaw: Socio- Material Dynamics of Urban Change after 1990 (with Monika Grubbauer, Campus, 2012) and MiastoZdrój /The Sanative City (Bęc Zmiana, 2014), along with articles in various journals and edited volumes. Her doctoral thesis examines urban "chaos" – both as an ideological concept, and as a set of empirical phenomena in transforming Warsaw. Her latest project seeks to open a new avenue of comparison between two ap- parently "deviant" models of urbanism, that of Eastern Europe and the Global South.

 

Kelly Ladd is a PhD candidate in the Science and Technology Studies Program at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation project charts the toxic relationality of immaterial and imperceptible forms of pollution such as infrasound and low-frequency radiation. She is currently collaborating on a project that examines the larger technological and economic infrastructures that make toxic relations possible. Her publications include a 2011 translation of an interview with Isabelle Stengers for the architecture and political economy journal Scapegoat.

 

Godé Lofombo is a Congolese musician and bass guitar player. He is known for his collaboration with Pépé Kallé in the 1990s, when he performed with the Empire Bakuba band. He is a co-founder and member of the Delta Force band, which featured rapper and dancer Bileku Mpasi. As a music arranger, he has also done tracks for other Congolese musicians, including Madilu System and Werra Son.

 

Rekopantswe Mate is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, and is completing her doctorate on young people's experiences of coming of age in Zimbabwe at the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Her research interests are in the broad area of the intersection of social change and social relations in Zimbabwe. Recent publications include an article in the Journal of Southern African studies (2012) and a book chapter "From Respect- able to Questionable: Women's Narratives of Marital Relations and Sexual Restriction in Widowhood in Harare, Zimbabwe," in Jans Bennett and Charmaine Pereira (ed.) Jacketed Women: Qualitative Methodologies on Sexualities and Gender in Africa (University of Cape Town/United Nations University Press, 2013).

 

Leandro Minuchin is Lecturer in Architecture and Global Urbanism at the Manchester Architectural Research Centre at the University of Manchester. He has published on themes related to material politics and modern architectural thought in Buenos Aires. His essays have appeared in various journals including Antipode and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He is currently working on a research project focused on constructive practices, techno-popular knowledges, and urban activism in Latin American cities.

   

Tony Mitchell is an Honorary Research Associate in Cultural Studies and Popular Music at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author of Dario Fo: People's Court Jester (Methuen, 1999), Popular Music and Local Identity: Pop, Rock and Rap in Europe and Oceania (University of Leicester Press, 1996), and the editor of Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop outside the USA (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). He co-edited Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia (Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies, 2008), and Home, Land and Sea: Situating Popular Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (Pearson Education, 2011). He is currently working on an edited volume about Icelandic music.

 

Louis Moreno is completing a PhD at the UCL Urban Laboratory exploring the influence of financialization on the design and restructuring of UK cities. He teaches in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was a researcher at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. His articles have appeared in City and Dialogues in Human Geography. As a DJ Louis has also produced techno and house music for the labels Counterattack, Footwork, Arcola/ Warp and Numbers.

 

BJNilsen is a Swedish composer and recording artist, based in Berlin and London. His work primarily focuses on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums – Eye Of The Microphone (2013), a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London, and The Invisible City (2010), both released by Touch – have explored the urban acoustic realm. He has collaborated with Chris Watson on Storm and Wind, released by Touch (2006, 2001). His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, includ- ing Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I Am Here (2014, dir. Anders Morgenthaler). www.bjnilsen.com

 

David Novak is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music. His work deals with the globalization of popular media, noise, protest culture, urban sound, and social practices of listening. He is the author of recent essays in Cultural Anthro- pology, Public Culture, and The Wire, as well as the book Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press, 2013).

 

Yui Onodera is a composer, sound artist, and architectural acoustics designer, based in Tokyo, Japan. After studying music and architecture, he founded the Critical Path label. He employs materials from various sources ranging from field recordings, electronics, and voices, to various musical instruments, for process-based, restrained electro-acoustic pieces. His solo releases include Entropy (Trumn, 2009) and Suisei (and/Oar, 2007). He has collaborated with The Beautiful Schizophonic on Night Blossom (Whereabouts Records, 2009) and with Celer on Generic City (Two Acorns, 2010), and contributed to compilations, such as Vernacular (Whereabouts Records, 2013). He has performed live at Tokyo's NTT InterCommunication Center, Iwate Museum of Art, Kawagoe City Museum, and Störung Festival. www.critical-path.info

 

Gascia Ouzounian is Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at Queen's University Belfast. Her research on sound installation art, site-specific sound art, and experimental music has been published in Computer Music Journal, Journal of Visual Culture, and Leonardo Music Journal, as well as the edited collections Paul DeMa- rinis: Buried in Noise (Carsten Seiffarth, Ingrid Beirer, Sabine Himmelsbach, ed., Kehrer, 2010) and Music, Sound and Space (Georgina Born, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2013). She is Artistic Director of Optophono, a label for interactive music and sound art. With the architect Sarah Lappin, she co-leads the research group Recomposing the City: Sound Art and Urban Architectures, whose activities are documented at www.recomposingthecity.org.

 

Lee Patterson is an improviser and sound artist who resides in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. Using a number of distinct approaches he has developed a new "voice" for an accumulation of everyday objects and amplified devices, as well as original processes for live sound generation. He has an interest in "overlooked" or hidden sounds with particular reference to landscape and nature. His latest CD album release, a collaboration with Vanessa Rossetto, is titled Temperament As Waveform (2013, Another Timbre).

 

Simon James Phillips is a Berlin-based pianist from Australia. He trained as a classical pianist in Australia and Sweden, but now works primarily in the field of musical improvisation. He constructs an open sonic atmosphere that provides the audience with time to reflect upon and explore the sound. By controlling the pace of a piece's development, his intention is to affect the perception of time through music. His latest album release is Chair (ROOM40, 2014). Outside of his solo work, Phillips spends his time as half of Pedal (with Chris Abrahams), is a member of The Swifter (with Andrea Belfi and BJ Nilsen), and also performs with The Berlin Splitter Orchestra. www.simonjamesphillips.com 

 

Nina Power is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and Tutor in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London. She has published widely on European philosophy and politics, particularly protest and feminism.

 

Merijn Royaards is an independent sound artist and musician with degrees in fine art, music, and urban design. He is currently enrolled as a research student at UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture, and has performed and exhibited in Europe, China, and the US. Recent publications and speaking engagements include the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, AHRA's Transgression Conference, and the new journal Architecture and Culture. Merijn acts as external affiliate to Recomposing the City at Queen's University Belfast, and is founder of Hybridity, a collective of artists, architects, and musicians who think architecture through time-based media and performance.

 

Arun Saldanha is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota. His publications include Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and as co-editor Sexual Difference: Between Psychoanalysis and Vitalism (Routledge, 2013), Deleuze and Race (Uni- versity of Edinburgh Press, 2013), and Geographies of Race and Food (Ashgate, 2013).

 

John Scanlan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of On Garbage (Reaktion, 2004), Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (Reaktion, 2013), as well as articles in journals such as Time & Society, Space and Culture and His- tory of the Human Sciences. His research focuses on the "ecological" nature of contemporary life, and the human relationship with nature, technology, and place. In his spare time, he edits a series of books on music and place, titled "Reverb," for Reaktion Books, and published Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock'n'roll (2012) in the series.

 

Maria Suriano is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the Witwa- tersrand, Johannesburg. Her research interests encompass African social and intellectual history, and past and present popular music in urban Tanzania, especially jazz (dansi) and Bongo Flava. She has conducted fieldwork in Tanzania since 2000. Her articles include: "'Mimi ni msanii, kioo cha jamii'. Urban Youth Culture in Tanzania as Seen through Bongo Flavour and Hip-Hop" in Swahili Forum, and "Making the Modern: Contestations over Muziki wa Dansi in Tanganyika, ca. 1945-61" in African Studies.

 

Venoz TKS is a sound recordist working in Los Angeles. Using any recording equipment to hand, he records what is witnessed, using only found sounds. He has contributed to various compilation releases over the years, including END ID (Digital Narcis, Japan, 1999). Disregarding sample and bit rates, the quality is not the issue; events occur in a specific time and location and cannot be recreated. They can merely be witnessed. Contact: venoztks@field.nu 

 

Schneider TM is the name for the elec- tric and electronic music projects of Dirk Dresselhaus. His recent releases include Construction Sounds (Bureau B, 2012), a blend of field recordings and electronic improvisations inspired by the ongoing construction near his East Berlin apartment, and Guitar Sounds (Bureau B, 2013), which featured several pieces originally composed for Carsten Ludwig's film In der Überzahl (2013). He has collaborated with former Pan Sonic member Ilpo Väisänen, and worked with Jochen Arbeit, Damo Suzuki, and Japanese dancer Tomoko Nakasato. He also scored films such as 66/67 (2009, dir. Carsten Ludwig) and Polnische Ostern (2011, dir. Jakob Ziemnicki), and composed music for theatrical productions and radio plays. www.schneidertm.net 

 

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. For Touch, he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative, most recently El Tren Fantasma, (The Ghost Train, 2011), his 4th solo album. He was a founding member of the influential Sheffield- based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then, he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats, and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, TV, and radio, he specializes in natural history and documentary location sound. His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough Life series, including The Life of Birds, and more recently the BBC's series Frozen Planet, which both won a BAFTA Award for "Best Factual Sound" (1996, 2012). www.chriswatson.net

 

Heike Weber is Professor of History of Technology at the Bergische Universität, Wuppertal. Her research lies at the intersection of the history of technology, urban history, consumption history, and environmental history. She has published on the history of portable media electronics, including the monograph Das Versprechen mobiler Freiheit. Zur Kultur- und Technikgeschichte von Kofferradio, Walkman und Handy (transcript, 2008). She is currently researching the history of municipal waste in Germany and France and co-edited (with Ruth Oldenziel) a special issue on the "Social history of Recycling and Re-use in the 20th Century" for Contemporary European History (2013).

 

Bob White is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal, and Director of the Laboratory of Research on Intercultural Relations (LABRRI). His book Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu's Zaire (Duke University Press, 2008) received the Anthony Leeds Prize (2009) and the Joel Gregory Prize (2010). He has also done research on globalization (Music and Globalization, Indiana University Press, 2011), theories of reception (Musique populaire et société à Kinshasa: Une ethnographie de l'écoute, L'Harmattan, 2010, with Lye M. Yoka), and comparative cultural policy (www.atalaku.net/wsuc). His current research involves an ethnographic study of intercultural dynamics and policies in Montreal, Québec. His next book is entitled Breakdown and Breakthrough: An Anthropological Theory of Intercultural Knowledge.

 

Pascal Wyse is a journalist, writer, musician and performer. Along with producing comic strips for the Guardian in London, as Berger & Wyse, Pascal has written regularly for the paper and had two weekly columns: "We're Jammin'" and "Wyse Words" (published in book form in 2009 by Chambers). He has written drama scripts, sketches, and produced animation, for Channel 4, the BBC, and Discovery. As a musician and performer, he has worked with the Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Almeida, amongst others, and is a member of the group London Snorkelling Team. His interests in field recording and film sound can be heard in various films and animations by Berger and Wyse, and the sound design and music for Chiwetel Ejiofor's short film Columbite Tantalite. www.pascalwyse.net