Third Annual Report: On the Air and Online

On Sunday, December 6, Phonography Austin will release its third annual report for free on Bandcamp and on Austin’s community radio station, KOOP 91.7 FM, showcasing the work of local field recordists to capture and recontextualize a diversity of acoustic environments.

Austin-based artists A Secret Chief, Aux Aux, Brent Fariss, Vincent Fariss, Jérôme Fisch, Alex Keller, Sarah King, Teresa Nichta, Daniy Oberle, Josh Ronsen, and Zachary Smith contributed field recordings made in a variety of circumstances, all over the world. Sounds come from as far as Tahiti to as near as Port Aransas, and are both as familiar and relevant as the sound of washing hands. The Bandcamp release is Phonography Austin’s fourth compilation release.

Phonography Austin’s Third 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 listener is encouraged 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.

For more information, contact Alex Keller at alexkeller – at –

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Broadcast time: 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Location: In Austin, on Commercial Suicide at 91.7 FM or streaming at
Compilation: Will be available for free at at 8:30 PM on Sunday, 12/6/2020.

About Phonography Austin

Phonography Austin is an organization 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). More at

About Commercial Suicide
Hosted by Mallory Watson and Matthew Dylan, Commercial Suicide has been on KOOP since it’s founding in 1995. Experimental, electronic, ambient, minimalist, noise, improvised, and other strange sounds can be heard on the show. It airs regularly on Sundays between 8:30-10:00 PM.

About KOOP

KOOP is a community radio station in Austin, TX, owned and operated by its members in a cooperative structure depending primarily upon its volunteers and supporters for all operations of the station. KOOP provides a diverse array of programming, emphasizing programs that deal with local issues and/or serve communities which are under-served by the mainstream media.

World Listening Day: July 18, 2020


Approach a public space. Listen. Identify the sounds you notice because of where you are located in that space. Listen to them. Imagine what you cannot hear because of where you chose to listen. If you are able, change your position and consider the new things you hear and the sounds you no longer perceive when doing so. It could be as simple as turning around. 


Now listen to everything again. Identify the sounds you notice because of who you are: the ears you have, the experiences you’ve had, the interests you have. Now listen again for things someone unlike you might notice. The combination of these two collections of sound make up part of the collective field. Keep listening while embracing other perspectives to hear more of the collective field.


Douglas Laustsen, 2020


For World Listening Day 2020, Phonography Austin invited Douglas Laustsen to contribute a text prompt addressing the international theme, The Collective Field. His #springdeeplistening prompts on Instagram throughout the pandemic have been insightful and reveal a deep attachment to the act of listening and the issues around it.

We encourage participants to respond to this prompt in whatever way they choose, and share those responses with the hashtags #WLD2020 and #WLD2020ATX.

Based in Austin, Texas, Douglas Laustsen is a musician and educator who has been creating sound objects since 2016. His work fuses technology alongside sound to create interactive works for audiences. He has also worked as an educator for over a decade, teaching instrumental music, general music, leading electronics workshops to build things like speakers, and clinics focused on emotional and physical health.


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. His World Soundscape Project 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.

C19 Soundscape Documentation

Photo by Augustine Wong on Unsplash

This project is on indefinite hold due to lack of participation.

We’d like to invite you to participate in C19 Soundscape Documentation, a new research project.  While much of our work is local, here we are requesting contributions from people all over the world.

Decreased human activity during the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unique opportunity to gather data on how the soundscape has changed. Anonymized data will be published on a monthly basis.

All it will require is thirty minutes of your time, once a week, at the same time and location, a sound pressure level (SPL) meter, and something to take notes with.

Instructions, a form for data input, and a list of free SPL meter apps are here: