Take time to savor some deep listening on this unquiet earth.
July 18 is World Listening Day hosted by the World Listening Project. 2021 topic: The Unquiet Earth. Organizers host an ephemeral 24-hour live stream and encouraged audiophiles to host local, public events around the globe. Hashtags: #WorldListeningDay, #WLD2021, #acousticecology, #deeplistening
- Who do you listen with?
- Where and what are the places that should be more quiet?
- Is anyone hosting soundwalks?
The day features livestreaming audio, contests, and listening-focused walks around the world which focus attention on improving listening skills and conserving critical soundscapes. July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement.
Listeners of all kinds are invited to host and participate in three activity types: curated 24-hour live stream program, self-organized and initiated local live and public events in your own locale, and/or your own personal celebrations.
Each year a theme is created by someone with a deep connection to the act of listening. Lisbon-based filmmaker, curator and researcher, Raquel Castro, created the theme for 2021. “The Unquiet Earth” is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Castro shares that, “Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages us to question our attitudes as listeners as we aim to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world. Join the unquiet revolution!”