Future Listening // World Listening Day 2018

Future Listening World Listening Day event poster

In celebration of World Listening Day 2018, Phonography Austin members will host a soundwalk along Shoal Creek.

7:00 PM – Ear Cleaning

We will wear foam ear plugs (provided) to briefly experience near silence, so that when we are done our ears/brain are less inclined to tune out unwanted sounds.

The effect will last longer if you conduct your soundwalk in silence: walk quietly, and speak only as necessary.

What is an ear cleaning?
Ear cleaning is “a systematic program for training the ears to listen more discriminatingly to sounds, particularly those of the environment.” (R. Murray Schafer)

~7:10 PM – Self-Guided Soundwalk

Walk quietly along Shoal Creek to Lady Bird Lake and back at your own pace. A map of the route with historical notes and questions to consider will be provided.


An informal, optional discussion will follow the soundwalk. Location TBD.



Where: Duncan Park
900 West 9th St., Austin, TX 78703

When: 7:00 PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ages: Adults, teenagers

Cost: Free

The soundwalk handout

Field Recording Workshop – May 19, 2018


Phonography Austin will present a free workshop on the technical theory and practice behind creative field recording. Participants will spend some time discussing the science involved in making recordings, and break for a field recording scavenger hunt. After that we will meet to review the recordings and discuss any specific insights or technical issues that may have arisen.

No previous experience is required. Participants should bring something to write with, headphones and a sound recording device of any kind. Use something you already have or can easily borrow.

The workshop will be led by Alex Keller. He is an audio artist, sound designer, curator and teacher based in Austin, Texas. Learn more about Alex at alexkeller.net


  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • 10AM – 2PM
  • Austin Central Library, Room 621
  • Free


Teach Yourself to Fly // World Listening Day 2017 performances

World Listening Day 2017 in Austin will honor Texas-born composer Pauline Oliveros


On World Listening Day 2017 (Tuesday, July 18), Phonography Austin will host Teach Yourself to Fly, an evening of performances in memory of composer Pauline Oliveros.

Capitol Extension Rotunda

Teach Yourself to Fly will take place in the Open Air Rotunda (officially called the Texas Capitol Extension) at the Texas State Capitol. From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Austin-based artists Lisa Cameron, Henna Chou, Brent Fariss, Vanessa Gelvin, Alex Keller, Ken McKenzie-Grant, Sean O’Neill, Steve Parker, Josh Ronsen, and Greg Wildes will perform selections from Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations with the involvement of the audience.

A native Texan, Oliveros died on November 24, 2016. In her preface to Sonic Meditations, Oliveros wrote, “All societies admit the power of music or sound. Attempts to control what is heard in the community are universal… Sonic Meditations are an attempt to return the control of sound to the individual alone, and within groups especially for humanitarian purposes; specifically healing.”

According to her obituary in the New York Times, the open-ended scores in Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations create “a total inclusivity, meant to free music from elite specialists and open it up to everyone, regardless of status, experience, or ability.” Teach Yourself to Fly will honor her intent by inviting the audience to perform alongside the artists. Excerpted scores from Sonic Meditations, which do not require any musical expertise, will be on display.

  • Date: July 18, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Open Air Rotunda//Texas Capitol Extension at the Texas State Capitol (Outdoors)
  • Free & open to the public


Map for World Listening Day Soundwalk. Led by Phonography Austin.

On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the public is invited to meet Phonography Austin group members on the steps of the State Capitol building for a brief introduction to the concepts of acoustic ecology, a listening exercise, a loosely guided soundwalk, and a group discussion, to conclude roughly by 8:30 PM.


World Listening Day 2016 poster

On Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the public is invited to attend the presentation of field recordings related to either the theme of Sounds Lost and Found, or to the sounds of the Central Texas region, at Rio Rita, 1308 E. 6th, Austin, Texas.

World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18 to celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments, raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore acoustic ecology, and design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day 2016’s theme, Sounds Lost and Found, calls on reminiscing, listening and observing what changes in our soundscapes have occurred in recent decades—be it language, nature, technology, music or even silence itself.