1st Edition

Exploring the Ecologies of Music and Sound Environmental, Mental and Social Ecologies in Music, Sound Art and Artivisms

By Makis Solomos Copyright 2023
    288 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Makis Solomos explores the ecologies of music and sound, inspired by Felix Guattari, for whom environmental destruction caused by capitalism goes hand in hand with deteriorating ways of living and feeling, and for whom an ecosophical stance, combining various ecological registers, offers a glimpse of emancipation, a position strengthened today by intersectional approaches. Solomos explores environmental, mental and social ecologies through the lens of the history of music and current artivisms – especially in the fields of acoustic ecology, contemporary music and sound art. Several theoretical and analytical debates are put forward, including a theory of sound milieus and the biopolitics of sound; the relationships between music and the living world; soundscape compositions, field recording, ecomusicology, and the creation of sound biotopes; the use of sound and music to violent ends as well as considering the social and political functions of music and the autonomy of art, sonic ecofeminism, degrowth in music, and much more.


    1 Towards an ecology of sound

    PART I: Music, nature, sounds, the living

    2 Music and nature

    3 Acoustic ecology and soundscape compositions

    4 Philosophies of place and field recording

    5 Ecology and environmental sonic artivisms

    PART II: Mental ecology

    6 Listening as a construction of the commons

    7 Subjectivation, affect, and empowerment

    8 Music, sound, and extreme violence

    PART III: Social ecology

    9 Music, society, politics

    10 Social and ecosophical artivisms

    By way of conclusion: Lockdown and music: the artist as producer


    Makis Solomos was born in Greece and now lives in France, working as Professor of Musicology at the Université Paris 8 and as director of the research team MUSIDANSE. He has published many books and articles about new music, and he is one of the main international specialists of Xenakis’ music. His first book with Routledge was From Music to Sound (2019).