World Listening Day 2021 On Air and Online

Phonography Austin presents World Listening Day 2021 live on air

Join us as we listen to the sounds of The Unquiet Earth and commemorate World Listening Day 2021 by taking over the airwaves of Austin’s KOOP Radio 91.7 FM. The hosts of Commercial Suicide are graciously allowing us to play field recordings of Austin-based artists on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 8:30 PM CDT. For those outside the listening area, a live stream is available at Additionally, we will simultaneously release a free compilation of the works played on air through our Bandcamp site.

About The Theme

The theme for 2021, The Unquiet Earth, was an invitation for field recordists to reflect on the sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing and to serve as a reminder that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra- and ultrasonic sounds may bring a new—and 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.

WHAT: Live radio broadcast and compilation release to celebrate World Listening Day 2021

WHERE: KOOP Radio 91.7 FM in Austin or online and on our Bandcamp site

WHEN: Sunday, July 18, 2021 8:30PM CDT


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.