July 18, 2011 World Listening Day

wlistening.jpg2011 World Listening Day :: JULY 18 :: The World Listening Project (WLP) and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) invite you to participate in the 2011 World Listening Day on Monday, July 18.

Here are several possible ways to participate:

Organize a soundwalk :: Organize a performance event that explores soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment :: Participate introspectively by simply paying attention to your soundscape :: Facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic ::

The level of participation in 2010 was amazing. We would like to see if we can double or even triple the number of participants worldwide this time. If you would like to participate in the 2011 World Listening Day, please download and fill out the 2011 World Listening Day participation form. You can find it here: http://www.worldlisteningproject.org/?p=1037 Then email it to worldlistening@gmail.com with “World Listening Day” in the subject line.

The first World Listening Day was co-organized by the WLP and MSAE. July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who established the World Soundscape Project in the late-60s at Simon Fraser University. Schafer’s 1977 book, The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World was a culminating publication about the research of the WSP that provided a foundation for the interdisciplinary field now known as Acoustic Ecology.

The 2010 World Listening Day includes numerous organizations, projects, and individuals. You can find the names here: http://www.worldlisteningproject.org/?p=1037

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