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: https://buff.ly/3d3Dj80

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: https://forms.gle/pNXopGxgJ9Tfi2F47

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