Second Annual Report – Performance and Digital Release


(photo by Del Wieding)

On Saturday, December 7, Phonography Austin will host its second annual report, a listening event and album release party at Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery to showcase the work of local field recordists to capture and recontextualize a diversity of acoustic environments.

Austin-based artists R. Lee Dockery, Vanessa Gelvin, Travis Putnam Hill, Sarah King, Sean O’Neill, Daniy Oberle, Josh Ronsen and Zach Smith will present field recordings they made individually over the past year in a live, collaborative setting. Performing together in small ensembles, these artists will weave their discrete recorded materials into improvisatory collages that evoke new soundscapes. The event also marks the digital release of Phonography Austin’s third compilation, which includes recordings made in 2019 by 21 local artists, and will be availabe for free on our Bandcamp site at 12:01 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

The Phonography Austin 2019 Annual Report is part of the sound arts organization’s ongoing program of educational workshops and listening experiences designed to foster artistic investigation of sound environments, acoustic phenomena and other aural situations through the practice of field recording. The annual report audience is encouraged to attempt to listen to  the recordings presented as sound objects in and of themselves—or to embrace the sense of place and context as they occur in the recordings.

The event is open to the public, and donations will be accepted.


DIY Microphone Workshop

DIY microphone workshop presented by Phonography Austin

Join us on Saturday, November 9th for a DIY microphone workshop. Each participant will get to make:
a hydrophone,
a contact mic,
a speaker mic,
and (probably) an EMF mic.
No prior experience necessary, but not suitable for children.

Space is very limited.
$25 fee includes all supplies.
Register for the event here:

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019
10 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Mosaic Sound Collective
6400 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724

The Invisible Suburb: World Listening Day 2019

World Listening Day Austin 2019

On World Listening Day, Thursday, July 18, from 7–9 p.m., Phonography Austin will present The Invisible Suburb, an outdoor sonic art installation, in the Onion Creek Greenbelt at 7306 Onion Creek Drive, Austin, Texas 78731.

The Invisible Suburb will feature recordings made in and around the homes of Austin artists, evoking the traces of domestic life that once permeated the Onion Creek neighborhood, where evidence of former habitations is steadily becoming overtaken by nature. Through speakers nestled among tall grass and other plant life, participants will hear an audible reference to the neighborhood’s residential past while seeing and feeling the verdure of its future. It will be a respectful and gentle rememberance, using domestic sounds, to acknowledge the daily lives of the people who lived there and made it home.

The installation includes recordings made by Henna Chou, Anne Fichtner, Vanessa Gelvin, Travis Putnam Hill, Neal B. Johnson, Alex Keller, Douglas Laustsen, Lacey Lewis, Christopher McConnell, Daniy Oberle, Sean O’Neill, Travis Pope, Josh Ronsen, Christy Tappe and Jackson Warren.

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, and raise awareness about the creative exploration of acoustic ecology through educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices. Phonography Austin was founded to host Austin’s first World Listening Day event in 2016.