2012 World Listening Day

The 2012 World Listening Day happens on Wednesday, July 18th. The purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • to celebrate different ways we can focus on our soundscape (sonic environment);
  • to raise awareness about the acoustic ecology movement, including ideas regarding how noise pollution can be reduced; and
  • to introduce new educational initiatives and community events related to listening and acoustic ecology.

Participation in the 2012 World Listening Day focuses on the aforementioned goals, which could include listening parties, listening to one’s soundscape in private, private or public soundwalks, public forums about acoustic ecology, and more. What would you like to do on the 2012 World Listening Day? Events could happen on Wednesday, July 18th. However, if another day during that week (July 15-21) would work better with your schedule, that would be fine.

World Listening Day happens annually on July 18th—the birthdate of R. Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer who established the World Soundscape Project. Its research laid the foundations for what became known as Soundscape Studies and Acoustic Ecology.

Dozens of organizations and more than a thousand people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day so far — on the inaugural World Listening Day in 2010, and the second WLD last year. Both were great successes, and we’re hoping to have more people and organizations participate this year.

Just Listening – Ireland Calling – Call for submissions

Just Listening – Ireland Calling is an open and invited submission event being organised as part of Just Listen to showcase new and emerging work by Irish or Irish-resident sound artists and improvising artists/musicians.

The showcase will be performed live in the LSAD Gallery, Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT Clare Street Campus, Limerick on Saturday April 30TH before a public audience and a number of invited international curators. Applicants are invited to submit work to justlisten@ireland.com or by post clearly marked Just Listen, National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork Ireland either as audio CD, DVD or MP3.
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Sonic Arts Festival

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Sound:Site – Sonic Arts Festival at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire, UK brings together a set of exciting projects from in and around the Sound Art community, framing contemporary practice and emerging online/offline possibilities.

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Venue: South Hill Park, Bracknell, RG12 7PA. UK
Box Office: Tel 01344 484123
Sound:Site – Sonic Arts Festival
Date: Saturday 2nd October
Time: 10.00-5.30pm / 7.00pm evening concert
Tickets: £26.00 / £18.00 (students/members)
Box Office: 01344 484123

Talks and demonstrations exploring the Internet as a destination for making and showing artwork, for sharing sounds, bringing communities together, and curating sonic experiences. Sound:Site brings together a set of exciting projects from in and around the Sound Art community, framing contemporary practice and emerging online/offline possibilities.

Taking place in the splendid Georgian mansion that is home to South Hill Park, one of the UK’s longest surviving regional arts centre’s. The venue lies 25 miles West of London in the Thames Valley in Berkshire.

Featuring:

Chris Clark, Head of Digital Research, British Library “UK Sound Map”

The exciting new project being rolled out by the British Library to catalogue the sonic experience of the UK in the 21st Century.

Patrick McGinley “Framework”

Artist and broadcaster whose “Framework” radio show airs on Resonance FM and syndicates across Europe, acts as a hub for the global field recording and phonography community.

Kathy Hinde & Ed Holroyd “Twitchr”

The artists will talk through the concept and technical details of their “Twitter meets bird spotting” project “Twitchr” and then take everyone out to the Park for a live demo.

5 x 9 Micro-Presentations

A 5 x 9 minute info-burst from the community. Artists and instigators of web-based sound projects outline their approaches and challenges. Featuring: SoundFjord Gallery, Soundart Radio 102.5FM, Joe Stevens, Audio Gourmet Net Label, London Sound Survey

Felicity Ford & Paul Whitty “Sound Diaries”

Recording life in sound. Project of Oxford Brookes University’s Sonic Arts Research Unit

Performance: 7.00pm “Framework 250 Remixed”

Live sonic performance from artists who feature on “Framework 250” the recent definitive CD collection of phonography-based work, with Patrick McGinley, Simon Whetham, Jonathan Coleclough.

Further Info: Martin Franklin 01344 416261 | martin@digitalmediacentre.org | Web: www.digitalmediacentre.org | http://soundandsite.wordpress.com

This event is generously supported by Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University

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