The Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies (CENSE) is an informal network of individual voices coming from various backgrounds. They propose this emerging network to fill the need of fostering more perceptive and conscious thinking and solutions, addressing developments in the social and cultural fields of Central Europe (and beyond) related not only to sound art, ecomusicology, and sound per se, while keeping a central focus on deep environmental and social changes. The members of the network operate from Central Europe, mainly from Austria, former East Germany, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovenia, as well as Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia.
In Autumn 2021, Miloš Vojtěchovský proposed 5 questions about Acoustic Ecology, which were answered by artists in and around CENSE:
➊ What is your personal attitude or interest in the concept of Acoustic or Sonic Ecologies?
➋ Can you comment on the relationship between electroacoustic music, Sonic Ecologies, Bioacoustics and environmental activism in your area?
➌ What is your opinion about using and decontextualising field recordings or captured sounds in contemporary music production?
➍ Can you describe the situation in the area where you are active concerning transdisciplinary collaboration and how do you see the feedback between your work and public?
➎ What could improve the involvement of the broader public and policymakers to push for or impose changes in environmental consciousness in the country where you live?
It’s a small world but still we are proud that some of the artists were and are at KRA, and involved in residencies or supporting programs about ecology and art. The Almanac can be downloaded for free from the CENSE website.