International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


13 - 16 August 2020United States

KISS 2020: The Sound of Science


The Kyma International Sound Symposium — KISS 2020: “The Sound of Science” — is an intensive 4-day symposium highlighting the power of sound through lectures, scientist/composer collaborations, data sonification workshops, attentive listening sessions, and public outreach through seven open-to-the-public, live cultural performances.

At KISS 2020 we will be giving sound our undivided attention and will celebrate the power of sound in culture, in communication, in education, and in science. Sound is a powerful channel for communicating meaning — whether it is the first protophones uttered by an infant, the sonification of data from a high-energy physics experiment, or the supra-linguistically powerful experience of a live musical performance.

When we listen attentively, we discover that sound is a complex, rich and meaning-laden signal. Yet sound is currently underutilized, shoved into the background, and masked by noise from the mechanisms of everyday life that were designed without heed to potential stress-inducing acoustic side-effects.

Whether you are a sound expert, a sound-obsessed aficionado, or simply curious about the potential power of sound, we invite you to join us for KISS 2020 — the Sound of Science — held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 13-16 August 2020.

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana Illinois, USA

Organisation Responsible: University of Illinois and Symbolic Sound

Contact: Carla Scaletti, at


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