symposium /sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm/ n.

1. A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.

2. A drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet.


Each eavesdropping season culminates in a weekend-long symposium, providing an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on a given topic. The programme usually features a variety of papers, presentations, performances and discussions, given by special guests (a less formal way of describing 'keynote speakers') and participants gathered through a Call for Papers. The general atmosphere is intimate and low-key but nonetheless highly engaging — eavesdropping is a venture run by artists for artists, and the main objective of the symposium is to foster community and fruitful debate.





eavesdropping symposium: season 2 


25 & 26 APRIL 2020

eavesdropping's second season culminated in a weekend-long symposium, held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which explored 'creative activism: radical responses within new music'. Explore the open-access online archive on YouTube.


SPECIAL GUESTS: Marlo De Lara, Cathy Eastburn, Sarah Nicolls
PARTICIPANTS: Uri Agnon, Michele Cheng, Emily De Simone, Julia Eckhardt, GRiNM (Gender Relations in New Music), Hanna Grzeskiewicz, Ruari Paterson-Achenbach, Yifeat Ziv
ROUNDTABLE GUESTS: Fay Jennett, Annea Lockwood, Tim Rutherford-Johnson
MODERATORS: Marlo De Lara, Juliet Fraser, Louise Gray, Sara Mohr-Pietsch



[click on the session heading to link to a playlist; click on a title to view individual presentations]


Day 1 (Saturday 25 April 2020)


Welcome Juliet Fraser




‘What is good music?’ Julia Eckhardt

‘An ‘almost-manifesto’: Recollection, Utopianism, Lesbian Families and Sonic Archival Practice’ Ruari Paterson-Achenbach

An identity in lockdown’ Juliet Fraser

Q&A with Session 1 contributors, moderated by Louise Gray




‘Embodying the peatlands of Caithness and Sunderland’ Emily De Simone

‘The Echo of Our Breath: reflecting on environmental issues related to the Amazon rainforest through sound’ Yifeat Ziv

‘The Musical Activist’ Sarah Nicolls

Round-table discussion, moderated by Juliet Fraser with Sarah Nicolls, Cathy Eastburn & Annea Lockwood


Gong bath with Cathy Eastburn


Day 2 (Sunday 26 April 2020)


Welcome back Juliet Fraser




‘Critical reflection — working towards good programming practices in contemporary music’ Hanna Grzeskiewicz

‘Will equality of access diversify our programming?’ Fay Jennett

‘Why New Music sucks and how we’re changing it (working title)’ Brandon Farnsworth, Neo Hülcker, Rosanna Lovell & Monika Żyła on behalf of GRiNM (Gender Relations in New Music)

Open Q&A, moderated by GRiNM

Round-table discussion, moderated by Sara Mohr-Pietsch with Fay Jennett, Rosanna Lovell & Tim Rutherford-Johnson




‘An Argument in Favour of Preaching to the Choir’ Uri Agnon

‘I Kid You Not: Activism, Humour and Experimental Music Theatre’ Michele Cheng

‘Sound and Performance as Protest’ Marlo De Lara

Q&A with Session 4 contributors, moderated by Marlo De Lara


Closing thoughts and thank-yous Juliet Fraser


Symposium 2020 programme of events
symposium 2020 ONLINE (Coronaversion).pd[...]
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By popular demand, here is Annea Lockwood's short statement, given during the round-table discussion on 'The Climate Crisis & Eco-composition' on 25 April 2020. You can hear Annea read it on our YouTube channel (archive to be published Friday 1 May 2020).


Annea Lockwood 'The Necessity of Re-attachment'
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During one of the symposium discussions, a participant asked Annea if she might have suggestions of material that could prompt some attentive listening at home during lockdown. It's a huge pleasure to be able to share here 'A little guidebook for home listening', generously collated by Annea in response to this request and featuring contributions from Ruth Anderson, Sam Auinger, David Behrman, katrinem, Annea Lockwood, Bruce Odland and Liz Phillips. Feel free to share! 


A little guidebook for home listening (2020)
A little guidebook for home listening.pd[...]
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eavesdropping symposium: season 1 
17-18 MARCH 2018

eavesdropping's first season culminated in a weekend-long symposium: featuring special guests Ryoko Akama, Jennie Gottschalk, Louise Gray and Andrea Young, this was an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on female creativity and the legacy and future of women in new music. The programme included eight short 'papers' selected from the broad and international response to the Call for Papers run in late 2017, two roundtable debates, two performances, a discussion, multiple Q&As and some excellent nosh. We welcomed symposiasts from Australia, Canada, Ireland and USA!


SPECIAL GUESTS: Ryoko Akama, Jennie Gottschalk, Louise Gray, Andrea Young
PARTICIPANTS: Jessica Aszodi, Emily Doolittle, Nomi Epstein, Lainie Fefferman, Mary J. King, Jo Langton, Miya Masaoka, Freya Johnson Ross & Chrissy Stirling, Kathryn Williams & Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh
ROUNDTABLE GUESTS: Jessica Cottis, Lucy Railton, Susanna Eastburn and Cassandra Miller




Day 1 (Saturday 17 March 2018)


Coffee & welcome




'Transforming the List: Activism through Bibliography' Nomi Epstein

'PIXERCISE' Kathryn Williams & Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Roundtable 1 'Giving voice: the power and the pitfalls' with Cassandra Miller and Susanna Eastburn, moderated by Mira Benjamin



'A Woman Imprisoned: We need to talk about the Archives' Jo Langton

'I mean they're not actually caverns: revisiting, reciprocating and repurposing field recordings' Freya Johnson Ross & Chrissy Stirling 

'The space between us: listening to the unheard' Louise Gray


Ryoko Akama a performance examining the relationship between performers and composers, and the translation and form between text and sound, with Jennie Gottschalk and Nomi Epstein


Day 2 (Sunday 18 March 2018)


discussion on 'Creation and Procreation: marrying parenthood and the creative process' led by Emily Doolittle




'Listening to Women' Mary J. King

         'White Fire' Lainie Fefferman


'Permission and Opportunity' Jennie Gottschalk 




'(im)personal material: a case study in collaborative embodiment' Jessica Aszodi 

'The Vagina is the Third Ear' Miya Masaoka


'Toward a Less Self-Centred Voice' Andrea Young


Roundtable 2 'Instigating the change' with Jessica Cottis, Andrea Young and Lucy Railton, moderated by Juliet Fraser


Closing Ceremony

Symposium 2018 programme of events
symposium programme of events.pdf
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