July 18, 2012 – World Listening Day

Listen in to Soundscape tonight for our contributers participation in World Listening Day. Details on the music to follow soon. From the World Listening Project‘s press release:

The 2012 World Listening Day happens on Wednesday, July 18th. The purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • to celebrate different ways we can focus on our soundscape (sonic environment);
  • to raise awareness about the acoustic ecology movement, including ideas regarding how noise pollution can be reduced; and
  • to introduce new educational initiatives and community events related to listening and acoustic ecology.

Participation in the 2012 World Listening Day focuses on the aforementioned goals, which could include listening parties, listening to one’s soundscape in private, private or public soundwalks, public forums about acoustic ecology, and more….

World Listening Day happens annually on July 18th—the birthdate of R. Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer who established the World Soundscape Project. Its research laid the foundations for what became known as Soundscape Studies and Acoustic Ecology.

The tracklist for this evening:


1) Gino Zardo – “Walking East” – Walking East – Australia, 2005

2) Seth Nehil & JGrzinich – Untitled – Gyre – United States & Estonia, 2006

3) Constantine Katsiris – “Missing Soffits” – Canada, 2012

4) Alex Muir – Untitled – Canada, 2009

Beautifully textured recording of the beginning of a hail storm. The incidental sounds, wind or clothes brushing against the microphone, add to the intimacy of the field.

5) Vehscle – “Rivulet” – Hiraeth – Canada, 2010

When the tide ebbs on the west coast of BC, in rocky areas you will  commonly find some varient of Halosaccion glandiforme, or sea sacks. They are just that – a kind of algae filled with some combination of air and seawater. Walking accross them produces a catharsis similar to popping bubble wrap, but this (heavily amplified) recording proves that they make all kinds of sound if left to their own devices. Whether due pressure-differentials, evaporation or just settling as the water leaves them exposed to the air, the complexity of the sound environment was, I thought, worth documenting.

6) Michael Pisaro & Toshiya Tsunoda – “2.1” – Crosshatches – United States & Japan, 2012

A trance-inducing collection of Pisaro’s simple tones and Tsunoda’s impeccable field recordings that ends up being more than the sum of its parts.

7) Jana Winderen – “The Noisiest Guys On The Planet” – The Noisiest Guys On The Planet – England, 2009

A downright creepy hydrophonic recording of what Jana Winderen and her fellow researchers can only assume to be feeding prawns. You can find more information on her research into the subject at the link above.

8) Eselsohr – Untitled – Voluntary Milking System – Italy, 2011

I have listened to this 7″ countless times, and still find it rather confounding. This is an unedited field recording of just what the title states – a machine built to allow cows to milk themselves when their udders become uncomfortably full. At times the field could pass for industrial music (appropriately enough) or even minimal techno. Not exactly sounds one would normally hope to associate with their breakfast. It is as equally pretty as unsettling, and is perhaps a more politically charged statement on factory farming than any hokey lyrical folk song could hope to be.

9) Scott Smallwood, Sawako, Seth Cluett, Ben Owen, Civiu Kkliu – “Phonography Meeting 070823” – Phonography Meeting 070823 – United States & Japan, 2011

This recording consists of 5 individual unprocessed field recordings by each artist mixed consecutively. While that sounds simple enough, it is actually quite difficult to parse the edges of each section. An elegant mix on Ben Owen’s always artfully designed and printed Winds Measure Recordings.

Get the full show (streaming or download) here.