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    In celebration of World Listening Day, July 18th, 2024 at 7pm, Collide Arts and Phonography Austin will present a sound installation, CHIMERA, in which field recordings will be played continuously throughout lower Pease Park. Artists are encouraged to submit recordings that were made outside of the context of Pease Park - other biomes than Pease Park, from other seasons than summer, in other contexts than an urban park.

    In horticulture, chimera refers to a grafted plant that exhibits characteristics of both the host and donor plants. With Chimera, we hope to find out what happens when one soundscape is grafted onto another. We will present a brief talk about World Listening Day and acoustic ecology, then explore the installations. Presented by Collide Arts with support from the City of Austin’s Elevate Grant Program, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    WHAT TO BRING: Water, sturdy shoes, attentive ears.
    WHERE: Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury, Austin, TX 78705
    WHO: Free and open to the public
    WHEN: July 18, 2024. 7:00 - ?

    About World Listening Day
    Since its inception in 2010, thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day. July 18th is the birth date of renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer. With the World Soundscape Project he developed the fundamental ideas and practices of acoustic ecology in the 1970s. These inform the current, burgeoning interest in our changing acoustic environment. Thus, World Listening Day honors Schafer’s contribution to understanding our world.

    World Listening Day is a project sponsored by The World Listening Project, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization devoted to fostering understanding of the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording.

    About Phonography Austin
    Phonography Austin is dedicated to exploring phonography (the creation and presentation of field recordings as art objects) and acoustic ecology (the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it). We are an informal, non-heirarchical collective.
    Phonography Austin was founded in 2016 to host Austin’s first World Listening Day event. Since then we’ve hosted multiple free workshops, conducted citizen research into acoustic ecology issues, began releasing annual report compilations with accompanying public events, and partnered with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Church of the Friendly Ghost, and COLLIDE Arts.

    We meet on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss all things related to the aesthetics of phonography, the technology of field recording, and the discipline of acoustic ecology.

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