The Definition of Soundscape and the World Soundscape Project

_ Uygur Vural Sayı 241, Eylül 2011

Raymond Murray Schafer coined the phrase “soundscape” which simply stands for “sonic environment.” According to Schafer, “the term may refer to actual environments, or to abstract constructions such as musical compositions and tape montages, particularly when considered as an environment.” During the 1960s, Schafer began his research about environmental sounds. He aimed to draw attention to our world’s soundscape and the ability to hear and perceive acoustic events. Hence, together with his associates, Schafer founded the World Soundscape Project (WSP) as a research and educational group at Simon Fraser University in the late 1960s.