Locating itself primarily within the critical discourse surrounding the growing field of ecomusicology, my research will define, describe and critically evaluate ‘ecoacoustics’, taking an interdisciplinary approach to address core questions. What can we conclude about the role and usefulness of the sonic arts as a cultural response to contemporary environmental issues?
My research project aims to establish whether the inclusion of explanatory audiodescription is an effective means of aiding accessibility to the emotional content of television and film texts in young audiences on the autistic disorder spectrum. Audiodescription (AD) is a secondary sound track added to film, television programmes and other art forms to facilitate access to visual semiotics for blind and partially-sighted audiences.
Most modern philosophies of Music Education acknowledge that both improvisation and composition are important pedagogical tools; that said, my research proposes a novel educational approach to these invaluable crafts. My key argument is that improvisation and composition can indeed become self-improving procedures, provided that learners and teachers continually search for radically new musicalities and remain indifferent to the legislation of established musicianships.