Enter the Jardin at dawn and enjoy the auditory awakening of nature before the emergence of urban noises gets added to the mix. Guided by biologists and researchers in psychoacoustics, this stroll, whose cadence is dictated by experiences of paying attention to sounds, will be the setting for a reflection on how we perceive urban noises. A rare opportunity to unplug, to slow down, and to discover how urban design can influence our experience of sound in the city.
Jean-Philippe Gagnon and Catherine Guastavino will have you reflecting on these sound environments, at dawn, in the Jardin botanique.
The holder of a master’s degree in biology, Jean-Philippe takes part in a number of ornithological projects: impact studies in the natural environment, bird inventories, research in ethology, and development of a tropical-bird collection. With his team dedicated to the care of the Biodôme’s living collections, he works every day at ensuring the well-being of each animal and each plant and at keeping each environment faithful to the ecosystem it represents. A keen observer and a peerless communicator, Jean-Philippe enjoys observing the relationships among living things, and really loves introducing them to all those who are curious by nature.
Catherine Guastavino is associate professor at McGill University, where she’s the William Dawson Scholar in psychoacoustics. She’s also affiliated with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), where she’s served as assistant director for scientific and technological research. Catherine Guastavino heads the research program Sounds in the City, which aims to establish and implement a proactive approach to urban noise management in close collaboration with Ville de Montréal. That program brings together researchers and acoustics and urban planning professionals as well as citizens, so that collectively they can rethink the role of sound in the city the better to integrate it in the urban landscape.
She’s published more than 150 scientific articles on spatial audio, the perception of sounds in the environment and of music, and multisensory perception. She’s a member of the ISO working group on Soundscape (CAC/ISO/TC43/SC1).