ListenUp MTL: a mixed-methods investigation of sonic cohabitation

Published: 8 March 2022

School of Information Studies Seminar Series

ListenUp MTL: a mixed-methods investigation of sonic cohabitation

You are invited to the upcoming online talk on

March 9, 2022 12:30 to 1:30 PM

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The talk will start with an overview of the research conducted at the Multimodal Interaction Laboratory at McGill University and will present a 2-year transdisciplinary collaboration between Sounds in the City group, the City of Montreal (Service of Economic Development), and the Regional Public Health Agency on sonic cohabitation in the city, focusing on urban sound and nightlife (funded by MITACS). This project aims to provide recommendations for future nightlife policies in Montreal, as well as helping to build sound awareness among urban professionals and the broader public. In addition, ListenUpMTL a mixed-methods project that took place in downtown Montreal in Fall 2021, will be presented. The purpose of this project is to understand the effect of pedestrianization on sonic cohabitation.


Guest speakers:

Dr. Edda Bild is a soundscape researcher and educator, working on the relationship between urban sound, urban spaces and, more recently, nightlife. She is interested in developing and testing methodologies for documenting the urban auditory experience and finding ways of improving it in practice through intentional urban design and planning. Her broader interest lies in knowledge mobilization and communication, by educating urban stakeholders on soundscape and promoting the idea of sound awareness as a resource.

Dr. Catherine Guastavino is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at the McGill School of Information Studies and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). She directs the Multimodal Interaction Laboratory and the Sounds in the City partnership, which brings together diverse academics, professionals, artists, and citizens to rethink the role of sound in cities. She has published extensively in the fields of auditory perception, human-computer interaction, audio engineering, and urban soundscapes. She also has extensive experience collaborating with industry partners, cultural institutions, as well as with municipal and provincial governments.

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