The non-profit organization Fragments of Extinction includes interdisciplinary expertise from science, art, sound engineering, exhibition design and communication. Based on the ideas and methods developed in the long-term research project started in 2001, and building on research and insights from bioacoustics, acoustic ecology, electroacoustic technology innovation, soundscape analysis and eco-acoustic composition, the 12-people staff collaborate to promote educational oriented, science-based art exhibitions on the intangible heritage of primary ecosystems.

David Monacchi

Founding Director

Sound artist, researcher and eco-acoustic composer. He has been developing the multidisciplinary project Fragments of Extinction for nearly 15 years, conducting field research in the world’s last remaining areas of primary equatorial rainforest. The recipient of multiple awards throughout Europe and North America, Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems to foster discourse on the biodiversity crisis through music and sound-art installations. A Fulbright fellow at UC Berkeley in 2007, he has taught at the University of Macerata since 2000 and is now professor of Electroacoustics at the Conservatorio “G. Rossini” of Pesaro (IT). Bio


Technology innovation:

Conservatory “G.Rossini” of Pesaro (IT) – LEMS-SPACE

University of Southampton (UK) – Institute of Sound and Vibration Research ISVR (BBC Audio Research Partner)

National Research Council CNR  (IT) – Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems

University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz (AU) – Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics IEM

Sonus Audio Services SRL (IT) Main audio partner

MH Acoustics LLC (US)

Stanford University (US) – Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics CCRMA

University of California, Berkeley (US) – Center for New Music and Audio Technologies CNMAT


Eco-acoustics Research:

International Society of Ecoacoustics (Paris – world) – Board Member

University of Urbino (IT) – Department of Basic Sciences and Foundations

University of Plymouth (UK) – Planetary Collegium at T-Node

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (BR) – Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research


Art and science networks (Fragments is a member of):

ECSITE – The European network of science centers and museums / Associate Member

Ear to the Earth (USA-World) – Member

WFAE – World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (World) – Member

Acoustic Ecology Institute (USA)

GSSN – Global Sustainable Soundscape Network (USA) – Founding Member

LEONARDO – The International Society for the Arts Sciences and Technology (USA-World) – Associate Member


Non-profit and Inter-governmental Organizations:


Electronic Music Foundation (USA)

ICCROM – SOIMA (Sound and Image Collections Conservation) program


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