World Listening Day Continues, News and Events

The second World Listening Day continues during this week of July 17-23, 2011. World Listening Day is a way to heighten awareness of what many take for granted, the profound experience of listening to the sounds around us. Here are a few reminders and updates.

Last year’s World Listening Day received a truly global and phenomenal response. Your participation can be as simple and private, or as complex and public as you want. Please visit our post here for suggestions and details.

If you use Twitter the #WorldListeningDay hashtag helps track and categorize relevant tweets.

One way for phonographers and field recordists to participate is by uploading field recordings to create a “Sonic Snapshot” of the world on radio Or, add sound files to the “World Listening Network” of the Soundscape Ecology Project at Purdue University.

The WLP website mentions only a few of the many web announcements of the performances, soundwalks, and broadcasts  happening everywhere.

The WLP’s Facebook Group helps announce these at Please subscribe to the World Listening Yahoo! Group to participate in our discussion forum:

Regional coordinators are also tracking events in their respective their continents. You are welcome to contact Dan Godston at or me for more information.

Below is a hastily gathered list of web links from some of the participants, describing their World Listening Day events.

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World Listening Day – Today at NYU Steinhardt

World Listening Day will be observed today at NYU Steinhardt.

Monday, July 18, 2011 4:15 PM – 9:00 PM
35 W. 4th Street, 6th floor

In collaboration with Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) and the New York Society of Acoustic Ecology (NYSAE), New York University’s Music Technology program is presenting a program of compositions and field recordings based on the sounds of New York City.

World Listening Day Recording Drop Event

An invitation from Professor Bryan Pijanowski:

The Soundscape Ecology Project at Purdue is sponsoring a World Listening Day (July 18, 2011) recording drop event. We invite the public, amateur sound recording specialists, acoustic ecologists, bioacousticians, etc. to visit our web site and submit a short soundscape recording. We will collect information on your soundwalk experiences, soundscape descriptions and (optionally) contact information. Google Gazetteer tool will associate your recording with a lat,long coordinate so that we can map these soundscapes recordings. We plan to have the site active Sunday, July 17th through July 24th , 2011 (for dropping recordings). Recordings should be no longer than 3 mins. We will accept recordings of any standard audio format (although .wav format is preferred).

You can learn more about our soundscape ecology work at and

The url for the World Listening Day Ubimark site is

FYI: This site will be undergoing development through Sunday morning (July 17th) so any files uploaded are not likely to be saved. You can still upload the location of the recording and send the sound file via email at

– Bryan