THE WORLD LISTENING PROJECT

THE WORLD LISTENING PROJECT (WLP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording.

The WLP was founded in 2008 and is supported by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, a membership organization and regional chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, affiliated with the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

The WLP maintains a website and online forum about its artistic and educational activities. These include the use of radio and web-based technologies, conducting public workshops, forums, and lectures, as well as participating in exhibitions, symposiums, and festivals. To learn more and become involved in the WLP’s activities please subscribe to our discussion group.

2014 World Listening Day – “Listen To You!”

You are invited to participate in the 2014 World Listening Day an annual glocal event held on July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are to:

This year’s theme for World Listening Day is “Listen To You!” Some questions to consider:

  • How do you make yourself heard by others ?
  • How do you listen and what do you hear when you want to be unseen?
  • How might the sounds you produce adapt to your nearby environment?
  • What might a “listening ethic” be?
  • How might such an ethic apply particularly to understanding the relationship between humans and other living creatures?

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His effort leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, The Tuning of the World inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.

WLP and MSAE invite you to participate in the 2014 World Listening Day on Friday, July 18, and through the week of July 14th-20th. Some suggestions on how you can participate and organize may be:

  • A soundwalk or a listening party with people who make, listen, and discuss field recordings.
  • A performance event that explores your soundscape and how we can listen to our soundscape, or sonic environment.
  • A private / solitary way, by listening attentively to your soundscape.
  • An educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
  • Contact local groups participating in World Listening Day and get involved.

Participation in the past four World Listening Days exceeded our expectations. In this fifth year we anticipate even greater activity and interest. Please join in the 2014 World Listening Day activities by emailing worldlistening@gmail.com about your plans. Please be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line or download the 2014 World Listening Day participation form here. Thanks!

 

World Listening Project Announces New Web Feature

The World Listening Project is pleased to announce a new guest blogger initiative. In the upcoming months guest bloggers will be writing about changing soundscapes, new listening practices, new recording techniques, reflections on recent events, interdisciplinary connections to acoustic ecology, and other topics that resonate with WLP’s mission. Blog authors will include Susanna Caprara, Linda Carroli, Björn Eriksson, Joel Chadabe, Simon Hampson, Aimilia Karapostoli, Joseph Young, Andrea Polli, Jamie Davis, Brandon Mechtley, Abigail Anderson, Leah Barclay, Viv Corringham, Jerome Joy, Pietro Bonanno, Jez Riley French, Maile Colbert, Emeka Ogboh, Andrea Williams, Steev Hise, Mara Maracinescu, Renata Roman, Guillaume Chappez, Steven Miller, Perdita Phillips, Aaron Ximm, Martha Riva Palacio, with more authors to be announced in the coming months.

We look forward to hearing and reading new perspectives that help us to better understand how important sound is in our world. Check for updates at www.worldlisteningproject.org!

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