Inaugural World Listening Day is July 18, 2010

The world listening project’s inaugural World Listening Day takes place Sunday, July 18th, 2010.

You are invited to participate.

The purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • 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 Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
  • and to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day is being organized by the World Listening Project, in partnership with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. 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. The World Soundscape Project, which Schafer directed, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field, and his book The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World helped to define many of the terms and background behind the acoustic ecology movement.


BASE is not holding any formal event this year, but I encourage you to spend some time listening, or organize a soundwalk with friends to celebrate this inaugural day!

Hildegard Westerkamp has written a wonderful treatise on soundwalking – I encourage you to read it and try it out!

-jeremiah moore