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.

Framework:afield #326 Episode 4 Worlds Unheard

The fourth and final edition of the World Listening Project’s mini-series for Framework Radio will broadcast on Sunday, April 24. “#326 Worlds Unheard” was produced by Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) member Gregory O’Drobinak who assembled a fascinating collection of recordings of physical and non-physical phenomena normally beyond the range of human hearing and experience.

Use the broadcasts page to learn when and where Framework Radio is broadcast. On the Monday after its broadcast Framework is available as a podcast on www.frameworkradio.net. Visit the archive to search and listen to past shows, also.

Worlds Unheard is a program that brings to the listener a variety of sound experiences that are far beyond our capacity to hear in everyday life. Some sounds require translation to be heard, like the extremely high frequency utterances of bats or the extremely low frequency vibrations of the earth. Others simply need to be picked up with the appropriate transducers and then amplified directly. This is only a small sampling of an immense world of sound that is available for us to discover and enjoy.—Greg O’Drobinak

(category / artist / sounds heard || description || website)

Ultrasound / Raimund Specht / bats: Noctule and Pipistrelle

Ø   A recording of ultrasonic utterances from two different bats brought into our range of hearing
via the Avisoft software package.

http://www.avisoft.com/sounds.htm#bats

Living Cells / Anne Niemetz / sonocytology (sound from cells)

Ø   The sounds made by the microscopic movement of cells rendered audible via the atomic force microscope. A tiny
cantilever rests on the cell and picks up its vibration much like a phonograph needle.

http://www.darksideofcell.info/composition.html

Living Cells / Joe Davis / sounds of cell movement

Ø   Groups of one-celled organisms whose movement is rendered audible by Joe’s Audio Microscope. It uses a dark-field illumination technique with a coherent light source. This light is modulated by the movement of the cells and converted to audio by an amplified photo-detector.

http://www.viewingspace.com/genetics_culture/pages_genetics_culture/gc_w03/davis_audio_scope.htm

Structure Transduction / Greg O’Drobinak / pneumatic HVAC steam valve

Ø   The sound of air and steam picked up with a geophone placed on the pneumatic control pipe in a machine room. The geophone is a sensitive electro-magnetic transducer normally used for recording seismic events, but it is also useful for recording other small vibrations.

http://www.chicagophonography.org/

Structure Transduction / Jodi Rose / mix of bridge sounds: “Norse Bridge Apocalypse”

Ø   Sounds from the cables and superstructure of bridges picked up by various piezo-electric transducers, amplified and woven into a composition.

http://bridgeradio.wordpress.com/about/

Structure Transduction / Mark Bain / geosensor renderings of structural sounds

Ø   The physical vibrations within the architecture and furnishings of a large testing laboratory picked up by an array of geophones and amplified directly.

http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-9908/msg00023.html

Seismic Waves / John Bullitt / seismic waves passing through the earth

Ø   A rendering of seismic vibration data of several areas of the earth greatly accelerated in time and amplified.

http://www.jtbullitt.com/earthsound/

Electromagnetic Waves / Christina Kubisch / sounds of electromagnetic induction

Ø   The electro-magnetic fields of our urban environment are picked up via stereo induction coils built into a custom headset and amplified without modification.

http://www.christinakubisch.de/english/klangundlicht_frs.htm

VLF Sferics / Greg O’Drobinak / atmospheric whistlers

Ø   Whistlers
are electromagnetic waves in the audio frequency range produced when the energy from lightning storms is dispersed and diffracted in the upper atmosphere by the earth’s magnetic field. These waves (sferics), literally “nature’s radio”, are picked up via one magnetic (H-field) loop antenna [left channel] and one electric
(E-field) whip [right channel] antenna and amplified for us to hear. VLF is a term used to classify radio waves: Very Low Frequency

http://www.chicagophonography.org/

VLF Sferics / Stephen McGreevy / whistlers and dawn chorus

Ø   Stephen
uses a combination of H-field and E-field antennas to pick up a great variety of sferics. These natural radio waves are amplified directly for us to hear.

http://www.auroralchorus.com/

EVP [electronic voice phenomena] / Ray Cass / paranormal voice recordings

Ø   EVP uses radios and tape recorders to capture the disembodied voices of humans past. Ray is generally regarded as a notable master of the technique. There is no translation or modification of the audio signals that are picked up; they are simply recorded without modification when they occur.

http://www.raymondcass.co.uk/rcass.htm

EVP [electronic voice phenomena] / Michael Esposito / paranormal voice recordings

Ø   Michael is a contemporary EVP and paranormal investigator. We hear some of his private EVP recordings, untouched from their initial capture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Esposito

2011 World Listening Day, July 18

The World Listening Project (WLP) and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) invite you to participate in the 2011 World Listening Day on Monday, July 18.

Here are several possible ways to participate:

  • Organize a soundwalk.  What is a soundwalk? Start here
  • Organize a performance event that explores soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.
  • Participate introspectively by simply paying attention to your soundscape.
  • You can facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.

The level of participation in 2010 was amazing. We would like to see if we could double or even triple the number of participants worldwide this time. If you would like to participate in the 2011 World Listening Day, please download and fill out the 2011 World Listening Day participation form. Then email it to <worldlistening@gmail.com> with “World Listening Day” in the subject line.

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