World Listening Day

To celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us.

Don’t miss World Listening Day 2013! It’s happening now, can you hear it?

The purposes of World Listening Day, according to the World Listening Project, 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 co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE).

Listening to Material Culture

Tomorrow, 18 July, is World Listening Day 2013. The sound studies blog is hosting a forum on listening in honor of the occasion, which has produced a series of excellent posts. Most recent is a lovely post on how listening can open up introspective spaces in the writing classroom. In addition to many insightful ideas for reflective assignments that stem from listening exercises, the section on sonic material culture offers resounding examples of the cultural organology thesis:

one student’s love of all things vintage led her to her father’s manual typewriter and an essay combining family history and larger insights about education, workplaces, and mechanical writing. In each of these cases, the students realized that the sounds cannot be extricated from the material, social, and historical conditions that produce them.

—from the post “A Listening Mind: Sound Learning in a Literature Classroom” by Nicole Furlonge at Sounding Out!