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[Archive 07.18.12: World Listening Day Special]

1) Christopher DeLaurenti, “Live at MOMA (Part 1)”
2) Solo Andata, “Carving,” Ritual (Desire Path Recordings)
3) SIGHUP, “City Distance,” City Passage (Feedback Loop)
4) Mandala Channel, “Writhing”
5) Michael Pisaro, “(excerpt),” Fields have Ears (6) (Gravity Wave)
6) Bob Ohrum, “Borderlands” Subliminal Listening (Relaxed Machinery)
7) Tired Wires, “The Archivist” ecorded during the Canada Day long weekend 2012 using mostly found sounds located around a rented lakeside cabin.
8) Martin Backes, “Dron:ing”
9) Claymation, “Down Bubble”
10) Mira Calix, “The Wolf, The Sheep, and the Door,” Skimskitta (Warp)
11) Francisco Lopez & Lawrence English, “Pattern Review by Motion”
12) Steve Heimbecker, “Sunday HSM,” Montreal Sound Matter (Pogus Producations  )
13) Asher, “Any Place Whatever” Audible Geography (Room 40)
14) Marc Behrens, “A Holiday Landscape” Audible Geography (Room 40)
*F. Murray Schafer, “Lecture on Soundscapes in Mexico City” and excerpts from Solitudes: Acoustical Environmental Sound Experiences mixed over tracks 11-14

[World Listening Day and Upstate Soundmarks]

July 18 is World Listening Day, a global event organized by the World Listening Project. According to the WLP website, the point of World Listening Day is to:

  • to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology
  • to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography
  • to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices

July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement. Schafer is also the author of The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the Worlda book that helped to define many of the terms involved with the acoustic ecology movement and inspired the title of The Upstate Soundscape.

In honor of World Listening Day, The Upstate Soundscape will launch a new regular series called ‘Soundmarks.’ Schafer wrote that Soundmarks “make the acoustic life of a community unique.” The Upstate region has a diverse geographical setting that is filled with unique and interesting soundmarks. We will begin cataloging those soundmarks into a soundmap or sound survey, like those in Montreal and London.

This is conceived as an open collaborative project that anyone can contribute to. All you need is a simple field recorder and an ear for the Soundmarks in your own environment. If you’d like to record a Soundmark and contribute it to the blog, email us at Upstatesoundscape@gmail.com for more info.

To commemorate World Listening Day, we will post our first Soundmark tomorrow, which was contributed by Baird Buchanan, an Albany-based artist that records under the name Claymation. Check back tomorrow to take a listen and get a feel for what the Soundmarks will be like.

Also, on this week’s episode of The Upstate Soundscape, the first hour of the show will be dedicated soundmarks, phonography, hydrophones, and music that makes use of field recordings in honor of World Listening Day.