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, Maja Trochimczyk, Denise Von Glahn

Check out the Ecomusicology section of the “Sounding Board” at the Ethnomusicology Review.  Many of our future articles (and some old ones!) will be posted there as well. Prior to 2015, we published as the “Ecomusicology Newsletter.”


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 electronically for printing but also 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 file 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.

Recent articles in the Ecomusicology Review:

Coming soon.

Prior to 2015, we published as the Ecomusicology Newsletter:

Vol. 3, no. 1 (April 2014) [PDF only]. In this issue:

Reclaim & Sustain: Homemade Instruments in Music Education, 1-5
Sara Louise Soltau

Pete Seeger (1919-2014), 6-7
Jeff Todd Titon

Classical Music in the Anthropocene, 8-12 & 30-51
Nathan Currier

Ecomusicologies 2014, 13-14
Tyler Kinnear

Ecomusicologies 2013, 15
Dan Bendrups

AMS 2013: Ecocriticism Study Group, 15
Kate Galloway & Rachel Mundy

Hearing Landscape Critically, 16-18
Daniel M. Grimley & Carina Venter

Ecomusicology in the News, 18-19
Michael Silvers

Teaching Ecomusicology
Music, Place, People: An Audiovisual Learning Project, 20-22
Mark Pedelty & Melody Hoffman

Performance and Place
Approaches to Place in Recent Field Recordings, Part 3, 23-27
Tyler Kinnear

Serenading the Mountains, 28-29
Graham Smith-White

Biographies, 52
Editorial Board, 52

Vol. 2, no. 2 (October 2013) [PDF only]. In this issue:

Discussion: Music in the Anthropocene, 1-2
Nathan Currier

The Study of the Music & Culture of the Environmental Crisis, 3 & 20-23
Juha Torvinen & Andreas Engström

Ecomusicologies 2013, 4-5
Dan Bendrups

Music, Nature, Place: A New Book Series, 6
Sabine Feisst & Denise Von Glahn

Of Ecomusicological Interest at AMS Pittsburgh, 7
Aaron S. Allen

Of Ecomusicological Interest at SEM Indianapolis, 8-9
Kate Galloway

Ecomusicology in the News, 10
Michael Silvers

Expanding Ecomusicology, 11
Kate Galloway & Andrew Mark

Music & Environment Symposium, 12-13
Hollis Taylor & Andrew Hurley

Teaching Ecomusicology
Active Listening via Soundwalks, 14-15
Aaron S. Allen

Performance and Place
Approaches to Place in Recent Field Recordings, Part 2, 16-19
Tyler Kinnear

Biographies, 24
Editorial Board, 24

Vol. 2, no. 1 (March 2013) [PDF only]. In this issue:

Interview with Derek Scott, Kevin Dawe, 1-4

Performance & Place
Approaches to Place in Recent Field Recording Compositions, Tyler Kinnear, 5-7

Teaching Ecomusicology
A Survey of Ecomusicology-Related Courses, Sonia Downing, 8-11

Ecomusicologies 2013, Dan Bendrups, 12

Ecomusicologies 2012, Michael Silvers, 13

Activities of the ESG & ESIG in New Orleans, Aaron S. Allen, 14

Ecomusicological Themes in Two Antipodean Conferences, Robin Ryan, 15-17

IASPM 2013, Mark Pedelty, 17-18

Review of Making Music in the Polish Tatras, Maja Trochimczyk, 18-19

Vol. 1, no. 2 (October 2012) [PDF only]. In this issue:

  • Feature Article: “Ecology and Ethno/musicology: The Metaphorical, the Representational, and the Literal,” Marc Perlman, pp. 1, 15-21.
  • Conference Reports:
    • Musical Environments (August 24–25, 2012), Andrew Mark, Tyler Kinnear, Yun Emily Wang, and John Pippen, pp. 2-3.
  • Reviews of Recent Publications [Krause (2012), Björk (2011), National Parks Project, Adams (2009), Ingram & Coup, eds. (2011), Ingram (2010), Pedelty (2012)], Michael Silvers, pp. 4-6.
  • A Preview of Ecomusicologies 2012 and Related Activities at the Joint Annual Meetings of the AMS, SEM and SMT,Aaron Allen and Kevin Dawe, pp. 7-11.
  • Teaching Ecomusicology, Sonja Lynn Downing, p. 12.
  • Performance & Place: Two Lives of the Krakow “Hejnał Mariacki” On Air and In the Air, Maja Trochimczyk, pp. 13-14.
  • Contributors & Editorial Board, p. 22.

Vol. 1, no. 1 (January 2012) [PDF only]. In this issue:

  • Letter from the Editor, Mark Pedelty, p. 1.
  • Conference Reports:
    • Thirty Seventh Annual Conference of the Society for American Music, Tyler Kinnear, p. 2.
    • Music and Nature Conference, University of Music and Dance, Cologne, Anika Mittendorf, pp. 3-4.
    • International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Canada, Andrew Mark, p. 5.
  • “The Ecomusicology Bibliography via Zotero: A Dynamic and Emerging Scholarly Resource,” Aaron S. Allen & Miranda Freeman, pp. 6-9.
  • CFP: Ecomusicologies 2012, p. 10.
  • Contributors, p. 11.