2013 World Listening Day

You are invited to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day. World Listening Day has been happening annually on July 18, since 2010, and the fourth annual World Listening Day happens on Thursday, July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
  • to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
  • and to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen as the date because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Schafer is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement; the World Soundscape Project, which Schafer founded in 1971, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field. The culmination of the World Soundscape Project’s pioneering research into the sound environment is described in his seminal book, The Tuning of the World. Published in 1977, it gained international attention and defined many new terms and concepts in sound and ecology popularly used to this day.

WLP and MSAE invite you to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day, which will happen on Thursday, July 18. Other WLD events will be happening during the week of July 14th-20th. Here are several possibilities. You can—

  • organize a soundwalk or a listening party when people play field recordings.
  • organize a performance event that involves field recordings and other artistic expressions that explore our soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.
  • participate in a private / solitary way, by paying attention to your soundscape.
  • facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
  • Contact organizations that are participating in World Listening Day, to see if you can get involved that way.

The level of participation that happened during the first several World Listening Days was wonderful, and we look forward to the kind of participation we’ll be having this year. If you would like to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day, please email worldlistening@gmail.com, and be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line.  You could also download the 2013 World Listening Day participation form here. Thanks!

Download Korean WLD participation form(한글버전 WLD 지원서), Korean WLD Invitation letter(한글버전 WLD 초대장).

Wild Sanctuary Relaunch, Bernie Krause Writes

Wild Sanctuary is an online archive and bookstore featuring a wealth of bioacoustic research, nature sound recordings, and related literature on the world’s changing soundscapes.

Founder and ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause writes:

On 22 January, we officially launched our new web site, one completely dedicated to the field of soundscape ecology: http://www.wildsanctuary.com

The site, composed, orchestrated and conducted by my dear wife, Kat, and executed by a wonderful community of magicians, contains many sections. But the most resonant of is the WildStore which contains the heart of our message — representative recordings from sites covering much of the planet and an arc of time that spans 45 years in the field.

In the Soundscape section, for instance, and aside from my own work, biophonies from the Arctic (Martyn Stewart, Kevin Colver, and me), to the Antarctic (Doug Quin), to the Amazon (David Monacchi), to the American Southwest desert (Jack Hines), to the American Northeast (Ruth Happel), also examples of Borneo, Sumatra, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Galapagos, among others, can be found. Especially remarkable for its lyricism and quality is a brand new and rare recording by Volker Widmann titled “Dawn in the Black Forest.” This is truly a masterpiece. No less astonishing is the observation that about half of the recordings in my archive and album collection are from habitats so compromised by human endeavor, that the biophonies can no longer be heard in any recognizable form.

Other sections include music related to or inspired by natural soundscapes such as “Meridian,” an album of soundscapes and music (by former Peter Gabriel keyboardist and Wyndham Hill artist, Phil Aaberg) following spring as it moved north 16 miles (30km) a day along the 111 meridian; Native Voices, a collection of music and stories from groups closely linked to natural world experience like the Nez Perce, Ba’Aka, and Yup’ik Eskimos; a children’s title; and a new Special Collection segment that features species-specific birds from the American West (Kevin Colver).

25Also, my new book, The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places, (Little Brown), will be released in March in paperback edition along with symbols of referenced sounds in the narrative that can be accessed on a special web site. The book is also being released this year in German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Korean.

As for my bioacoustic work, my first field recordings were made in 1968 using a Nagra IVs and Schoeps XY systems, and were incorporated as components of orchestration for a synthesizer music album my late music partner, Paul Beaver, and I were doing for Warner Brothers, a title called “In a Wild Sanctuary,” the first music composition to express the theme of ecology. In 1981, the same year I earned my PhD with an internship in bioacoustics, I did my first digital recording using a Sony beta version called the F1 in Wyoming, We also beta-tested the Sony DAT recorders in the mid-1980s switching to MS (Sennheiser) and transitional digital formats (DAT) in the latter half of that decade. By January, 2002, I was experimenting with double MS systems at Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge (N. of Sacramento).

This one’s for you. And we are thrilled to be part of this ever-expanding community.

Bernie Krause
Wild Sanctuary: http://www.wildsanctuary.com
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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.

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