This is a profile of R. Murray Shafer, a Canadian composer and music and audio theorist known for popularizing the concept of soundscapes and for promoting ‘acoustic ecology’.
The video features an interesting summation of his views:
“The world is a huge composition that’s going on all the time, without a beginning and, presumably, without an ending. We are the composers of this huge, miraculous composition that’s going on around us, and we can improve it or we can destroy it. We can add more noises or we can add more beautiful sounds – it’s all up to us.
David New’s portrait of the composer was produced for the 2009 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.