Music & Sound

Explore stories, images and archival materials from SFU's past

  • Browse a selection of images from this remarkable decade of music and sound at Simon Fraser University.

  • In 1970 or 1971, my habitual patterns of listening were shaken up profoundly when I heard a guest lecture by Schafer at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where I was studying music. It was an AHA moment whose significance was revealed gradually over years to come.

  • The World Soundscape Project (WSP) was established as an educational and research group by R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It grew out of Schafer's initial attempt to draw attention to the sonic environment through a course in noise pollution, as well as from his personal distaste for the more raucous aspects of Vancouver's rapidly changing soundscape.

  • Phillip Werren's electronic music is a great example of just how avant-garde Simon Fraser University was in the 60s and 70s.

  • Read Brian Antonson's account of how students established SFU's campus radio station.

  • Look back at a lively week for music and sound on campus in 1974, as "The Peak" reviews a concert featuring flautist Robert Aitken with the Purcell String Quartet, while members of the SFU Sonic Research studio are featured in a CBC Radio series.

  • Upon arriving at SFU in 1972, resident artist David Skulski revived interest in early music — or music from the medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods — and brought music from the past out of the archives and on to campus.

  • Mary Trainer chronicles the career of artist-in-residence Phyllis Mailing, from touring Russia to creating the SFU Madrigal Singers for the World Shakespeare Congress.

  • SFU's quartet-in-residence make it all the way from pub concerts on campus to a New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall.