The mission of the World Sound Foundation (WSF) is to collect, preserve and disseminate first hand accounts of compelling human experiences in the cultural and scientific arenas, fostering an understanding and appreciation of our environment, our sense of place and our personal histories. The WSF records, archives, and makes available the signature sound ambiences and narratives which convey the unique character of a place and the people who inhabit it. By creatively presenting this material in contemporary media, the WSF increases public awareness of local lore and both scientific and cultural know-how, lowering barriers within and between communities, while encouraging a dialogue between scientists, academics, artisans and ordinary citizens. Through the power of listening, these stories and sounds help us to re-evaluate our relationship with our environment and each other.
Board of Directors
Jim Metzner is an independent radio producer who has produced more than 4,000 short-format radio programs including the daily radio series Pulse of the Planet.
Eileen McAdam is a Library and Information Specialist who has worked in numerous fields connecting people through information and education. She has been the director of media centers, public and special libraries.
Dr Ros Bandt is founding director of the Australian Sound Design Project online research facility and multi media gallery of 150 sound designs in public space in Australia www.sounddesign.unimelb.edu.au at the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne where she is honorary senior research fellow. Her co-edited book Hearing Places was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, in 200 and follows her seminal book, Sound Sculpture, Intersections in Sound and Sculpture in Austrailian Artworks. Dr Ros Bandt is the 2012 recipient of the Cochrane Smith Award for Sound Heritage.
Richard Geldard is a full-time writer and lecturer and Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He is the author of seven books, including studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Greek philosophy and culture.
Doug Quin is an Associate Professor of Television, Radio and Film at the University of Syracuse and the former Executive Director of the North Carolina Council for the Humanities. He is a sound recordist working in acoustic ecology and has produced several CDs. His pieces have been heard on National Public Radio.
Hans Werner has been head of the sound design department of Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Nuremberg, Germany for over ten years. A founding member of the World Federation of Acoustic Ecology, he has worked with soundscapers around the world.
Tom Lewis is a Professor of English at Skidmore College and is the author of The Hudson: A History (2005). Two of his earlier works, “Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life” (1997) and “Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio” (1991) were made into PBS documentaries. "Divided Highways won an Peabody award in 1997 and "Empire of the Air" earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Special.