Art Heals Earth

Mark Pedelty on Music as Environmental Communication 🎸 Musician, Anthropologist, and Ecomusicologist | 003

August 03, 2020 Megan Reich Season 1 Episode 3
Art Heals Earth
Mark Pedelty on Music as Environmental Communication 🎸 Musician, Anthropologist, and Ecomusicologist | 003
Show Notes

Dr. Mark Pedelty is a Professor of Communication Studies, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, and Fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. His research deals with music and sound as environmental communication. In 2012 Mark published “Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment.” Mark published "A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism” in 2016, a book about environmentalist musicians and movements in Washington State and British Columbia. As part of a linked project, Mark produces, directs, and composes music videos for Ecosong.Net, watershed districts, and environmental nonprofits.

•3:51 – Mark’s journey towards converging his musical and ecological interests
•8:54 – The focus on community in Mark’s research
•14:25 – Musicians as “cultural interlocutors” 
•18:48 –Re-creating a sense of place and locality through music 
•23:32 – Mark’s EcoSong.net music video project
•28:37 – Advice for people aspiring to use their voice to spread awareness of larger issues
•33:10 – The role that listening plays in Mark’s research and musicianship
•41:21 – Bioacoustics and the semiotics of sound
•45:13 – How art helps heal Mark’s connection with the earth
•51:08 – Questions coming up for Mark, where he wants to go from here
•55:12 – What gives Mark hope right now

Follow Mark's Work:
EcoSong.Net (Environmental Music Videos)
A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism
Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment

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