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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

World Listening Day
World Listening Day is an annual global event that was started in 2010 by the World Listening Project, a group "devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through practices of listening and field recording." The day celebrates the listening practices that occur around the world, as well as acoustic ecology—a discipline that studies the relationship between humans and the natural world in regards to sound.

Dozens of organizations and thousands of people have participated in the day, and each year there is a new theme and events that reflect that theme. People participate in the day by taking soundwalks, listening to field recordings, going to site-specific performances, going to other listening events and concerts focused on the theme, and going to talks and lectures regarding listening and acoustic ecology. The day takes place on the birthday of Raymond Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer and environmentalist who founded the study of acoustic ecology. He first began studies of it in the late 1960s at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

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