Jordan has recently been appointed Research Fellow in the School of Architecture and Design. His research is located at the interface of sonic arts and urban design, investigating the role of sound installations in the development of creative cites and improved social health and wellbeing. Jordan is currently writing a book that presents a new approach to urban soundscape design, titled Sonic Rupture.
'Many Minds Make Light Work', The Age, 14 July 2012, p. 22
'Acoustic Architecture', Into the Music, Radio National, 21 September 2013
'Radio interview on Soundscape Design Practice', Future Proof, RRR Radio, 26 January 2015
There have been a multitude of approaches to urban soundscape design, particularly from the Acoustic Ecology movement and the Centre for Research on Sonic Space and Urban Environment (CRESSON). Jordan is researching approaches to soundscape design that involve site-specific sound installations that seek to augment existing sonic conditions.
Among the methodologies explored by Jordan are the analysis of striations within space caused by the output of low-frequency broadband sounds, the sonic rhythmanalysis of space emerging from Lefebvre’s considerations of the underlying presences of space that inform everyday life, and differentiating incidental and intentional soundscapes to inform approaches to repatterning existing sonic spaces.
Jordan has completed a number of installations in recent years from which his urban soundscape design practice has emerged.
Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, RMIT University, 2015–2018.
Higher Degree by Research Publication Grant, SGR, RMIT University, 2nd November 2014 – 24th January 2015.
Designed Atmospheres Workshop, RMIT Design Hub, 17 June 2014.
Material Connection Symposium, RMIT Design Research Institute, 25 October 2010.
Australian Postgraduate Award and RMIT PhD Scholarship, 2011–2013.
Commonwealth Government Funded Research (Research Training Scheme).
Asia-Pacific Service to Social Sciences Award, Golden key International Honour Society, $1000, 2011.
Postgraduate Research Student International Conference Fund, (Cumulus Helsinki International Design Conference), School of Graduate Research, $1800, 2012.
SRC Funding (Cumulus Helsinki International Design Conference), School of Architecture & Design, $1000, 2012.
Postgraduate Research Student International Conference Fund, (Music and Ecologies of Sound. Theoretical and practical projects for a listening of the world), School of Graduate Research, $2000, 2013.
SRC Funding (Balance-Unbalance International Conference), School of Architecture & Design, $1000, 2013.
Research grants and projects
'Revoicing the Striated Soundscape', City of Melbourne Category 1 Public Art Commission, $5000, 2012.
'Intimate Footsteps', Design Research Institute Flagship Funding, $3500, 2013.
'Subterranean Voices', Liquid Architecture, Commission for Site-Specific Electroacoustic Performance, 2013.
'Contain Yourself', Maribyrnong City Council, Generative Atmosphere Performance, 22–24 January 2015.
PhD in Architecture & Design (Urban Soundscapes)
Bachelor of Applied Science
Graduate Diploma in Education
Bachelor of Arts
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Jordan is a practicing sound artist and musician, with a history of sound performance in Melbourne and Sydney in a variety of genres. He has performed in a number of locations around Australia and is currently engaged in the creation of soundscape compositions and sonic philosophies in a variety of contexts.
In his ten years' secondary school teaching he has built experience in the TAFE system, private and public schooling, and remote area teaching in the Northern Territory.
He has presented research on separate occasions to Landscape Architects at the City of Melbourne, and to the RMIT Design Research institute’s Material Symposium. Jordan has had a number of publications, conferences, installations and grants and spent a number of years travelling through Asia, Europe and Australia.
In 2010, he completed an internship as a Research Assistant at SIAL Sound Studios, where he completed a scoping exercise in Acoustic Ecology (Sites-of-Respite research).
Jordan is a member of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and Australian Computer Music Association.
- Lacey, J. (2017). Silencing urban exhalations: A case study of student-led soundscape design interventions In: Journal of Sonic Studies, 14, 1 - 15
- Sumartojo, S.,Lacey, J.,Hillary, F. (2017). (In Press) contain yourself: technology, the city and atmospheric intervention In: Media International Australia, , 1 - 13
- Lacey, J.,Pink, S.,Harvey, L.,Qiu, X. (2017). RMIT Acoustic design innovations for managing motorway traffic noise by cancellation and transformation In: Transurban Melbourne, Australia
- Lacey, J.,Pink, S.,Harvey, L.,Qiu, X.,Sumartojo, E.,Zhao, S.,Moore, S.,Duque Hurtado, M. (2017). Acoustic design innovations for managing traffic noise by cancellation and transformation In: Transurban Group Melbourne, Australia
- Lacey, J. (2016). You don't go nowhere else In: Interpretive Wonderings Mildura, Australia
- Lacey, J. (2016). Sonic placemaking: three approaches and ten attributes for the creation of enduring urban sound art installations In: Organised Sound, 21, 147 - 159
- Lacey, J. (2016). Urban Soundscape Installations for the Diversification of Acoustic Ecologies: an Ecosophical Approach In: Music and ecologies of sound: Theoretical Projects for a Listening of the World, L'Harmattan, Paris, France
- Lacey, J.,Clover, C. (2016). Sounding Batman Park In: Test Sites Melbourne, Australia
- Lacey, J.,Harvey, L. (2016). Sonic Ruptures: Elemental Shapings, Sound Forest and Urban Voices In: SoundProof Australia
- McLeod, R.,Lacey, J.,Khoo, C.,Anderson, C. (2016). Mnemonica: The Artwork Remembers In: Korean Institute of Interior Design(KIID) holds the KIID International Invitation Exhibition Seoul, South Korea
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (Lacey). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship CAT0 from (2015 to 2018)