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. What would you like to do on the 2012 World Listening Day? Events could happen on Wednesday, July 18th. However, if another day during that week (July 15-21) would work better with your schedule, that would be fine.
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.
Dozens of organizations and more than a thousand people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day so far — on the inaugural World Listening Day in 2010, and the second WLD last year. Both were great successes, and we’re hoping to have more people and organizations participate this year. Please fill out this 2012 World Listening Day participation form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “World Listening Day” in the subject line if you are interested in participating.
TreeSongs: Transient Sound Installation
2pm – 4pm – July 1st, Maroochy Botanic Gardens, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
TreeSongs is an evocative transient sound installation featuring live performances and ephemeral soundscapes planted on portable speakers in the natural environment.
The audience will be guided through the installation in small groups experiencing a curated selection of outcomes from the Sonic Explorers workshops, a dynamic series of activities involving Soundscape Ecology, recording experiments and sound sculpting in the natural environment.
This immersive experience ignites the auditory perception and constructs a new world shaped by sound and navigated by listening. TreeSongs encourages a greater awareness of the constant soundscape that surrounds us at a time when it is increasingly important to listen to the natural environment.
The TreeSongs experience lasts for 15mins and will run 6 times from 2pm-4pm on July 1st at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens on the Sunshine Coast as part of Treeline 2012 www.treeline.org.au