The World Listening Project
fosters understanding of the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording.

New and Enhanced for 2021

WLP Communications 

Photo: Laboratorio de Sonido #EscuchandoGijón

Welcome to the World Listening Project newsletter!

As we prepare to leave the discontinued Yahoo Groups platform on December 15, 2020, the World Listening Project is migrating organizational emails to MailChimp. You are receiving this as a member if the World Listening Day Yahoo Group who opted into receiving emails.

We invite you to peruse the World Listening Project website, which was refreshed by students of Michael Chase's design class at De Paul University in Chicago in 2019. 

Recordings from past World Listening Days may be found on SoundCloud, and our Vimeo and YouTube pages house organizational content. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are excellent hubs for more interactive group discourse. Those active on LinkedIn may follow the WLP there.

Each of these platforms will be shaped by you!  So please share, tag, and engage our community on your favorite one in the coming days and in the new year, as our collective presence begins to resonate more publicly. 

Volunteers are sought to help steward the WLP's many communications platforms, and to lead the organization in optimizing how each is used to reach and be more accessible to a wider, multi-lingual, and multi-generational audience. Dual and multi-lingual volunteers and those familiar with digital accessibility tools for the vision and hearing impaired are highly encouraged to step up! For more information contact WLP

Photo: Svaram Sound Experience, Sound Garden

Leadership Opportunities in 2021

The World Listening Project is actively seeking additional board members. Interested parties from areas of the world not currently represented are encouraged to inquire.  The WLP is a working board that is engaged in all areas of the organization's nonprofit operations.

The current WLP Board includes:

  • Eric Leonardson, President and Board Chair (he/his) Illinois, USA
  • Norman W. Long, Treasurer (he/his) Illinois, USA
  • Dr. Linda O'Keeffe, Secretary (she/her) Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Dr. Leah Barclay, (she/her) Queensland, Australia
  • Dan Godston, (he/him) Florida, USA
  • Amanda Gutierrez, (she/her) Quebec, Canada / Mexico City, Mexico
  • Katherine Krause, (she/her) California, USA
  • Gurkan Maruf Mihci, (he/him) Indiana, USA
  • Emeka Ogboh, (he/him) Berlin, Germany
For more information on serving, please contact Eric Leonardson.

World Listening Day 2020: The Collective Field

This year's theme was created by Wild Sanctuary Vice President, Katherine Krause.

There is something new afoot. The field itself is changing.

The creature world knows.  The creative one does too. 

So what does it mean now to listen? How do we express what we know?

Be alert.

Individually and in concert,

There is sanctity in it.

Amid new conditions, travel the field and explore

By call and response

The rhythm within. 

How does your song fit

Within the collective chorus?

During this season of thanks, we invite you to revisit some of the many projects inspired by this prompt back in July, to listen, explore, and connect "amid new circumstances" of the ongoing novel corona virus pandemic.

Listening to The Collective Field

Some samples of work from World Listening Day 2020.
Sound Map of #WLD2020 (and past years), radio aporee, Berlin, Germany

Nature Field Recording HK, Zellerberg, Austria

Tokyo Phonographers Union, Tokyo, Japan

#WLD2020 on SoundCloud, Grupo de Investigación Sonora GRIS, Perú

Semana de la Escucha 2020, Cratila Participatory Sound Creation Network, Bogata, Columbia
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Produced by Amanda Guitterez and Linda O'Keeffe, (c) 2020

#GivingTuesday December 1, 2020

The World Listening Project's signature initiative, World Listening Day, was established in 2010 as an international day of awareness for the burgeoning and diversifying interests in our changing acoustic environment through local and online activities.  The date, July 18, honors the renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer on his birthday.

The World Listening Project maintains a website  which serves as online forums about its artistic and educational activities. These include the use of radio and web-based technologies, conducting public workshops and lectures, as well as participating in exhibitions, symposiums, and festivals. A variety of communications platforms bring its international community of students, educators, researchers, artists, and other curious listeners together in an informal network of individual and group participants.

Your support will help maintain the costs associated with more accessible communications and digital programs and allow the organization to pay teaching artists to more fully engage the public and to foster an interest in and development of practices of listening and field recording.

Support World Listening Day 2021
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