World Listening Day 2017: Listening to the Ground

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18.
This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground”

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

In addition to this year’s theme, WLD 2017 reflects and honors the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, who died at age 84 on 26 November 2016.

American composer, accordionist and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros authored books, formulated new music theories, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”.

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World Listening Day 2016: Sounds Lost and Found

WLD2016logo-3You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2016, an annual global event held on July 18.
The purposes of World Listening Day are to:
  • Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
  • Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, and Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
  • Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.
This year’s theme for World Listening Day is “Sounds Lost and Found.”

World Listening Day 2016’s theme, “Sounds Lost and Found,” calls on reminiscing, listening and observing what changes in our soundscapes have occurred in recent decades—be it language, nature, technology, music or even silence itself. For “Sounds Lost and Found,” we invite you to dig into crates of vinyl and cassettes, dive into digital archives, and engage deeply with memories and unheard languages to rediscover or identify these “lost sounds.” In doing so, “Sounds Lost and Found” hopes to spotlight the need for effective and accessible conservatory efforts to be implemented to preserve some of these sounds—whether those efforts include archival projects, changing our daily practices or supporting the preservation of indigenous languages and engaging with the keepers of and archiving fading oral traditions where that seems impossible. We can protect and celebrate sounds whose vitality can be vulnerable and fragile.

World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes invite you to participate in World Listening Day 2016 on Monday, July 18, and through the week of July 16th-22nd.
Some suggestions on how you can participate and organize include:
  • Soundwalks or listening events in your local community, with a particular focus on natural and human evolution, human activity in nature and industry, technology and machines
  • Field recording trips or workshops
  • Site-specific performance events
  • Concerts curating compositions inspired by the theme, “Sounds Lost and Found” (contact us to connect with composers and sound artists)
  • Personal experiences of attentive listening or field recording
  • Educational events that relate to acoustic ecology, field recording, or a similar topic
  • Public talks or lectures about listening and acoustic ecology including participation in the #SoundCon x World Listening Day “Sounds Lost and Found” virtual symposium on July 17-18.

Use the hashtag #WLD2016 to connect with other local and global groups participating in the World Listening Day 2016: Sounds Lost and Found and get involved.

Our planet continues to change due to human involvement and interventions. People evolve. Cities morph. Technologies advance. We can hear the planet changing. Our soundscapes reflect evolution; whether created by humans, machines or nature, the shifting presence and absence of sounds is affected by human activity in natural and industrial worlds.

Cities’ sonic identities are continually fluctuating as residential and commercial infrastructures develop. The resultant social dynamics of industrialization and gentrification sponsor variegated relationships between people and the public and private places they occupy.

Humans’ complex interactions with nature have encroached upon Earth’s autonomy and her anonymity. Phenomena such as pollution, deforestation and global warming are manifestations of natural processes; they are the aftershocks of industrial pursuits. Swaths of land have been decimated, dismantling animal ecosystems for human consumption and destruction. This reckless, shortsighted mode of interacting with non-human life has forced the retreat and extinction of many species, eliminating their sounds until there is silence.

Technological advances over the past several centuries, particularly in recent decades, have been astronomical. Of late, machines and media become obsolete before we have even become proficient in using them. These advances have impacted the acoustics of commercial and residential spaces with newer versions of devices designed with quietness in mind Sounds produced by older models are noticeably more obtrusive. Most of these advancements can be seen as positive, though some sounds we were accustomed to or fond of have become less prevalent or been silenced in our relentless push toward progress ad infinitum.

Some Questions of Inquiry
  • How do our environmental, social and technological perceptions and understandings of change exist within the spectrum of sound?
  • How do our understandings of listening and sounds morph as human intention and activity changes relationships between humans, the built environment, and nature?

This theme ultimately encourages awareness, a deep aural attention to our surroundings through the recognition of the variables that define the acoustic ecology of our lived environment, and a recognition that sounds of the past are different from sounds of the present or future.

Happy World Listening Day 2015!

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Happy World Listening Day! The 2015 theme for World Listening Day is “H2O” and we have been thrilled to receive submissions from across the world. Participation in World Listening Day has rapidly expanded every year since the inaugural event 2010 and the diversity of events and activities is always inspiring. Follow the program this weekend by using  #WLD2015 on social media platforms to connect with other local and global groups participating in World Listening Day.

This year we are pleased to present a special feature with Annea Lockwood and Bernie Krause as part of the virtual symposium content. Annea Lockwood’s incredible body of work was an inspiration for our theme this year and she has shared her inspiration with us to celebrated World Listening Day. Bernie Krause has shared a poignant video that shows the impact of the California drought on the biophony in San Francisco’s Sugarloaf State Park.

The H2O theme invited you to reflect on water, metaphorically in how you listen, or through creative events inspired by water and sound across the globe. The 2015 theme resonates at a time where we need to shift our collective thinking and actions towards water globally. We are pleased to see how submissions have creatively responded to the theme and highlighted the global water crisis in subtle yet powerful ways.

There are hundreds of sound walks happening in celebration of World Listening Day. From Drée village in France to Sequoia National Park in California,  sound walks across the world are approaching our theme in different ways. Pietro Bonanno in Palermo, Italy is doing a sound walk and field recording session that will arrive at the source of the Salso River. There are also sound walks happening along the Colne River in Colchester, the Noosa River in Australia and rivers through the city of Fortaleza in Brazil with Thaís Aragão.

Mikael Fernström in Limerick, Ireland, has created a sound walk that will follow the natural path of the river Shannon, and along the manmade headrace for the Ardnacrusha hydropower plant that was constructed in the 1920s. They are also using hydrophones, to listen to the difference between the two branches of the river. Björn Eriksson in the Philippines has created a sound walk with different stops for recordings along Iloilo river in Iloilo city. Each stop includes listening mediations and the recordings will later be published online.

We are pleased to see more collaborative projects emerging this year. Sonic Terrain are publishing a compilation of soundscape compositions for World Listening Day, the Sonic Terrain WLD compilations have become an integral part of World Listening Day.

Sound Waves is a project by Cities and Memory that forms part of World Listening Day 2015. It celebrates and builds on the World Listening Day theme of water by presenting a collective reimagining of the sounds of water around the world and the role it plays in our lives. A total of 38 sound artists from around the world have submitted a field recording and reimagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound. This album presents some of the highlights of the project’s reimagined sounds – you can explore the full sound map at citiesandmemory.com/soundwaves

Radio Aporee have created another wonderful sound map for World Listening Day that is still open for submissions and EarthMoments have launched the Waterworx Soundscape Competition.

There are collaborative installations, performances and radio events happening across the world including Toby Wiltshire installation in Cumbria, U.K and John Hopkins live streamed improvisations from Arizona.

Sound Camp and Biosphere Soundscapes have launched a new collaboration to explore live stream networks in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and global river systems. Temporary mobile streams will emerge on the Locustream Soundmap of live worldwide open microphones through the World Listening Day weekend. We also encourage you to explore the existing network of rich live streams on the Locusonus Soundmap.

Mick Shanahan and Sonic Arts Waterford in Ireland are producing the Sonic Dreams Festival in association with Hive Gallery & Studios with a day of discussions, sound walks, field recording and live performances on the theme of H2O.

Independent film center Vorky Team from Ruma, Serbia are hosting a festival with listening workshops focused on water meditation, short films from Serbia and from around the world inspired by water, sounds of water recorded worldwide and in Serbia, music with Dr. Masaru Emoto’s photographs of structured water and spontaneous talks on world waters today.

There are many more exciting events happening across the world and we encourage you to follow the activities this weekend by using #WLD2015 on social media platforms. We will publish further information on the events and activities that occurred in the coming weeks and we hope you will all join us in celebrating World Listening Day 2015: H2O!

The World Listening Day 2015 Team

Eric Leonardson, Leah Barclay, Dan Godston and Christopher Preissing

 

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