Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 April 2021

University of Birmingham / Online

Three days of music, sound, meeting and ideas

2020 saw the global soundscape change beyond measure as normal life came to a halt, streets emptied and the world slowed down. This opened the stage for new sounds to occupy these spaces, fill the silence and define for many the sound of isolation. For some the Stay at Home directive has resulted in greater appreciation of or reconnection with the environment immediately around us, coupled with a deeper awareness of the human effects on the environment as the climate crisis continues to surge.

For 2021, BEAST FEaST takes place in partnership with the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. We invite submissions which reflect, respond to and look beyond the events of 2020, considering how we emerge and recalibrate.

Submissions should explore the ideas of the Covid Soundscape, the Global soundscape and the Future soundscape. Is there a defining Covid Soundscape? Has the pandemic changed our relationship with the environment? As the quality of our time spent outside has changed are people more acutely aware of the disappearance and reappearance of sound? What sonic practices have had to adapt in response to the pandemic? 

As international travel remains limited can we find a new form of virtual travel through the sharing of the Global Soundscape? Looking to the future, whatdoes the pandemic and climate emergency mean for future soundscapes? What practises need to change in response to the global climate crisis? What practices have changed as a response to the pandemic and how will they affect our lives in the future? As a global community finds themselves more distant yet closer than ever what opportunities have arisen and how do we take them forwards?

Join us for 3 days of music, sound, meeting and ideas with featured artists including Hildegard Westerkamp (Canada), Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (Netherlands / India), Chris Watson (UK), Pete Stollery (UK) and Yang Yeung (Hong Kong).