International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Sound and Society

Sound is omnipresent in our lives. Some sounds are useful, some are enjoyable. Some sounds are intrusive, some are hazardous

Past Announcements

Various announcements, updates, and news items have appeared on the Year of Sound homepage over the last two years. These are collected here.

7 August 2021. IYS Student Competition Update

Winners will be announced by 15 September 2021

The IYS 2020-2021 student competition has reached its final stage! For the final assessment in the competition, entries for both categories (Category I – drawings, Category II – stanzas) were received from 16 countries: Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and USA.

13 July 2021. La Semaine du Son Competitions in 2021

La Semaine du Son announces three international competitions, “2068, make place for sound!” which has now finished, “Inhabiting public space: Design the atmospheres of public space where we can hear and talk to each other!”, and “When sound creates image!”

16 June 2021. IYS Student Competitions Updates

Public vote open

Entries have now been received from students worldwide and the evaluation phase will proceed between 15 June and 15 July 2021. Everyone is invited to participate, as evaluation is comprised of an expert jury component and an open web component.

3 January 2021. JASA Call for Papers

The Journal of the Acoustical Society is seeking contributions for a special issue, COVID-19 Pandemic Acoustic Effects. It is the intent of this issue to quickly publish both specific and general pieces on in-air, in-water, and in-ground measurements of ambient sound (over as complete a frequency spectrum as possible), and the effects of the changed soundscape on people and animals.

2 January 2021. La Semaine du Son de L’UNESCO

This year, La Semaine du Son will be held 18 to 31 January 2021. It will be hosted in Paris and other locations in France.

7 December 2020. IYS Student Competition Extension

In view of the many challenges during the later part of 2020 it has been agreed to extend the deadline from end of December to end of April 2021. This allows for extra school terms in both the northern and southern hemisphere.

15 May 2020. Update — International Year of Sound

Due to the restrictions imposed worldwide to reduce the spread of the Covid-19, the ICA made a decision in March that the IYS would become a 2-year celebration of sound. The extension allows for both postponed events and new events and activities scheduled for the 2021 to be included in the list of IYS events.

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