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.


7 March 2020Italy

The soundscape from Savannah to song


The soundscape from Savannah to song, Saturday
first part, 10.00 – 13.00
Sounds of Earth. Sound and communication in the animal kingdom

second part, 14.30 – 17.30
Origin of song and language. Evolution of the soundscape

Humans lived within a natural soundscape until neolithic, that is for 94% of the time of our life on earth. For that reason the natural soundscape moves conflicting emotions of fear and delight, anxiety and serenity.
Language is a key competence at the origin of the cultural evolution that changed the entire planet and its natural soundscape across subsequent steps along time.

In the first part of this Seminar sounds produced by earth, animals and humans will be proposed and the emotional reactions will be discussed.
In the second part the infant path to language will be proposed as a mo-del for understanding language evolution. And the basic steps of our cultural evolution that impacted the earth’s soundscape will be presented.
Born in Milan, Italy. UE. Medical Degree in 1974. Medical Specialisations: Anaesthesiology. Medical Psychology. PhD.: Psychobiology and Animal Ethology. Post Doctoral Fellowship: Psychobiology of the human newborn. Present position: Retired from oct. 2014. Daniela Lenti Boero is actually in involved in two projects:

1) The music of the wood. Listening Experiences in natural environments (with musician Laura Habegger)

The goal of this project is to understand human emotional reactions to natural sounds.

2) The alpine marmot as a model in environmental education.

Research interests past and present

Drug effects on behaviour in children and Observation Techniques;
Biomusic, Animal Communication and Ethology in particulare Gray parrots and Alpine Mar-mots; Bioacoustic and Psychobiology of newborn cries;
Environmental Psychology and Environmental Education;
Evolution of Language;
Evolutionary psychology, in particular human emotional reactions to natural soundscapes and evolution of political communication.

Teaching experiences: From 1982 until 2014 professor of Geography, Cognitive Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Environmental Education, Psychobiology, Psychology of Music at the following Italian institutions: University of Milan, Turin, Urbino, Valle d’Aosta, Italy. UE

Authored more than 100 publications in English and Italian, books and chapters in books.

Location: Milan, Italy

Organisation Responsible: Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado

Contact: Alessandra Arcidiaco, at


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