vincent andrisani

phd | sound studies | simon fraser university

sound studies researcher exploring sound and listening in the city of havana, cuba.


i'm a vancouver-based sound studies scholar and practitioner working at the intersection of sound studies, urban geography, and cuban studies. my work has been presented at conferences and festivals internationally, and has been published in a variety of academic journals and media outlets including Soundscape: the Journal of Acoustic EcologySounding Out! Blog, and at PechaKucha.

my interest in sound began with the many years i spent as a musician performing and teaching in toronto, canada. over the course of my career, i played in a variety of settings, on a number of recordings, and across a range of musical styles. in both toronto and in havana, i studied with local drummers and percussionists, including havana-based drummer and composer Giraldo Piloto Barreto. my experiences as a performer fuelled my interest in the history of popular music in cuba, which evolved into a master's level research project that marked my foray into sound studies.

today, my research includes not only the sounds of music, but also, the sounds of everyday spaces and places. my work in this area began with the humber river soundscape project (2008), a collaborative art-based initiative that yielded a series of public talks and art installations. i've since completed my doctoral research in the school of communication at simon fraser university (2017), where i explored sound and listening in the city of havana, cuba. home of the world soundscape project and the birthplace of soundscape studies, i had the opportunity to participate in, and to extend, the school of communication's longstanding tradition of sound studies.