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. Each year a respected practitioner creates a theme to inspire projects for World Listening Day.
2020's theme was ‘The Collective Field’, created by internationally acclaimed Wild Sanctuary's Katherine Krause.
Many organisations and individuals participated in this year's WLD. Activities include a live stream of the Tokyo Phonographers Union, CRISAP's Acts Of Air exhibition series, a video feature by the ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore, the second edition of Leah Barclay's Listening In The Wild live stream series, and projects celebrating WLD in the Disquiet Junto group.
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. 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!
Help the WLP share and grow participation in this global community event by adding your information to this short online survey. We welcome everyone to share news, ideas, and questions about participation in comments on the World Listening Day 2021 page, in their Facebook Page and their Facebook Group.