Ecomusicology Review

A Joint Project of the Ecocriticism Study Group of the American Musicological Society & the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology


Editor: Aaron S. Allen

Associate Editor: Ben Cosgrove

Editorial Board: William Bares, Kevin Dawe, Sonja Downing, Robert Fallon, Sabine Feisst, Tyler Kinnear, Andrew Mark, Mark Pedelty, Michael Silvers, Travis Stimeling, Maja Trochimczyk, Denise Von Glahn

Published as the Ecomusicology Newsletter (2012-15). Selected content also published at the Ecomusicology section of the “Sounding Board” of the Ethnomusicology Review. 

Interested in contributing?  See the Instructions for Authors, below.



Recently published in the Ecomusicology Review:

VOLUME 5 (2017)


“Music, Climate, and Therapy in Kallawaya Cosmology (Part 1): Sonorous Meshwork, Musical Performativity, and the Transformation of Pacha. By Sebastian Hachmeyer

“Music, Climate, and Therapy in Kallawaya Cosmology (Part 2): Dysfunction of Seasonal Change, Climatic Reversal, and Musical Worlding.” By Sebastian Hachmeyer


A Panel of Papers from the University of Kentucky, curated by Donna Lee Kwon:

  1. Overlapping Ecomusicological Realms: Teaching Ecomusicology to Graduate Students through Collaborative Exploration.” By Donna Lee Kwon
  2. Military Expansion on the ‘Island of Peace’: Protest Through Ritual.” By Tanner Jones
  3. Max Neuhaus’s Sound Works and the Politics of Noise.” By Megan Murph
  4. Thin Green Line: Environmental Politics and Punk Music.” By Ben Norton


VOLUME 4 (2016)


“Reconnecting the Music-Making Experience: Supporting Small-Scale Local Craftsmanship in the Academic Percussion Community.” By Alex Smith

“Music and Coal Activism: Perspectives from the Field.” By Travis D. Stimeling (West Virginia University), Saro Lynch-Thomason (Blair Pathways, Asheville, NC), Nate May (College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati), and Andrew Munn (Bard College)

“Ecomusicology and Listening Beyond Categorical Limits: A Panel

  1. “An Introduction.” By Tyler Kinnear (University of British Columbia)
  2. “The Naturalization of Built Environments: Two Case Studies.” By Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University)
  3. “Sibelius Beyond Categorical Limits.” By Daniel Grimley (University of Oxford)
  4. “There’s No Place.” By James Currie (University at Buffalo)



“Music and Ecology International Multidisciplinary Symposium 2015: A Summary.” By Andreja Vrekalić (Croatia)


News & Notices

“Music, Nature and Environmental Crises: A Northern Perspective on Ecocritical Trends in Contemporary Music.” By Juha Torvinen (University of the Arts, Helsinki)



“Experiencing Environmental Crises Through Music.” By Sini Mononen (University of Turku, Finland)


As the Ecomusicology Newsletter:

Instructions for Authors:

The Ecomusicology Review welcomes submissions from artists, composers, educators, listeners, musicians, scholars, students, and others interested in any variant of ecomusicology.  Our mission is to be an inclusive and accessible source for ideas and writings on the very broadly conceived field of ecomusicology.  We welcome scholarly contributions that might not find a home in other journals, and we prioritize submissions whose brevity, alternative format, and creative approach contribute to our mission.

To submit, send an email to  Our publication is formatted for use online; therefore, we welcome the inclusion of rich audio and visual materials.

Guidelines for the various types of submissions follow:

  1. Essays (e.g. articles, teaching/pedagogy, personal reflections, manifestos, etc.) should range from 1000 to 5000 words.
  2. Reviews (e.g. of conferences, books, recordings, performances, etc.) should be no more than 2500 words.  In the case of a review essay (i.e., an essay that reviews multiple items at once within an overarching theme), submit under “Essays” above.
  3. News and notices (e.g. of future events, publications, performances, etc.) should be no more than 1000 words.
  4. Other items that do not fit neatly into the above categories will be considered on an ad hoc basis by the editor.

Types 1 and 2 will be reviewed anonymously by members of the editorial board; in some instances, an external reader may be requested (by the editorial board and/or by the author).  Types 3 and 4 will not be reviewed anonymously.

Submissions must be formatted as follows:

  • Email an attachment of a MS Word document as well as a PDF that includes (in order) title, author(s), biography/biographies (100 words max per author), abstract (for Essays only), and main text. In the text of the email, make clear the type of submission (outlined above.)
  • Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.; for references use the “Author-Date” system (see chapter 15 and/or and click on the “Author-Date” tab for examples). Keep footnotes/endnotes to a minimum.
  • Indicate where to embed visual and/or audio materials. Images should have a resolution of at least 200PPI.

The views and opinions expressed in the Ecomusicology Review are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Editors or Editorial Board.