World Listening Day 2021
Lisbon-based filmmaker, curator, and organizer Raquel Castro created this year’s theme, The Unquiet Earth.
In 2020 we were forced to pause by an invisible virus. This brought countless consequences to the environment, and to the sonic environment in particular. New acoustic horizons emerged, signaling times of unquietness and global change, and requiring our listening awareness to evolve.
The theme for 2021, The Unquiet Earth, is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, and a reminder to ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages us to question our attitudes as listeners as we aim to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world. Join the unquiet revolution!
Call for Entries
For World Listening Day 2021, Phonography Austin will broadcast field recordings by Austin-based artists fitting the theme of The Unquiet Earth on KOOP Austin’s Commercial Suicide on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 8:30 PM CST, and simultaneously as a free compilation on our Bandcamp site.
Please submit your recordings here by 7/1. Recordings submitted by 6/10 will also be included in the World Listening Project’s 24 hour stream on 7/18.
- Your recording may be edited to fit the limited duration of the radio program, but will not be edited for the Bandcamp compilation.
- If your recording includes infrasonic sounds (information below the human-audible spectrum) we will work with you to make sure it’ll play on FM broadcast. Ultrasonic sounds (above the human-audible spectrum) will not work on the air. The original recordings will be presented as-is on the Bandcamp compilation and on the World Listening Project stream.
- We are specifically looking for acoustic recordings; electromagnetic spectrum, electronic voice phenomena, and data sonification are outside of the scope of this World Listening Day project.
About Phonography Austin
Phonography Austin is dedicated to exploring phonography (the creation and presentation of field recordings as art objects) and acoustic ecology (the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it). We are an informal, non-hierarchical collective.
Phonography Austin was founded to host Austin’s first World Listening Day event. Since then we’ve hosted multiple free workshops, conducted citizen research into acoustic ecology issues, began releasing annual report compilations with accompanying public events, and partnered with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Church of the Friendly Ghost, and COLLIDE Arts.
We meet (currently virtually) on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss all things related to the aesthetics of phonography, the technology of field recording, and the discipline of acoustic ecology.
To become involved go to phonographyaustin.org/join-us
About World Listening Day
Since its inception in 2010, thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day. July 18th is the birth date of renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer. With the World Soundscape Project he developed the fundamental ideas and practices of acoustic ecology in the 1970s. These inform the current, burgeoning interest in our changing acoustic environment. Thus, World Listening Day honors Schafer’s contribution to understanding our world.
World Listening Day is a project sponsored by The World Listening Project, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization devoted to fostering understanding of the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording.