2014 / 2019 World Listening Day 2019, theme: “listening with”. The premiere of my project: Listening spots, above and under water.
I invited people living in my neigbourhood for “listening with” me on the listening spots in the Amsterdam harbours East by using my headphones and mobile phone with the aporee app “miniatures for mobiles” or by using their own smartphone. Afterwards the listening to the soundscapes of sounds recorded in 2014 (with binaural mics and hydrophone) above and underwater on that specific spot, we talked about the (changing) soundscapes, the underwater sounds of boats, fishes, contact sounds, the sounds belonging to the East harbour (soundmarks), the used of microphones, “multi sensorial hearing perspectives”, sound waves underwater, “sound pollution” in the ocean and effects on living species.., etc. My neighbours were surprised when hearing cars and trams underwater (and not above) because of the Piet Hein tunnel on the bottom of the basin in the Borneo harbour were we live.
I invited people living in my neigbourhood for “listening with” me on the listening spots in the Amsterdam harbours East. Afterwards we talked about the (changing) soundscapes, the underwater sounds of boats, fishes, contact sounds, the sounds belonging to the East harbour (soundmarks), sound images, used microphones, “multi sensorial hearing perspectives”, sound waves under water, “sound pollution” in the ocean and possible effects on living species…, etc. My neighbours were surprised when hearing the cars and trams under water (and not above) because of the Piet Hei
Try it yourself.
Discover the sound environment of harbours East, Amsterdam, above and under water yourself ! Take an imaginary dive in the harbour and listen. What do you hear and has the sound environment changed? Do also visit the other listening spots in harbours East and take the East ferry to the North”. You experience an omni surround- and vertical hearing perspective by listening with a headphone. Create your own soundwalk by attentive listening when moving from listening spot to listening spot. But first search for “aporee” in your app store and download the “miniatures for mobiles”, it’s free, open the app. and select:
> Luisterplekken, boven en onder water / listening spots, above and underwater (Ricardo Huisman)
When reaching the listening spot in about 15 meters you get a message on your phone therefore you don’t have to wear headphones when walking to the next listening spot and can concentrate on the surrounding sounds during the soundwalk. You also can listen to the composed soundscapes for each listening spot by going to the site and choosing the corresponding sound file. https://aporee.org/mfm/web/
You also can hear some soundscapes I contributed earlier on the aporee soundmaps for World Listening Day(s) including 2019. As a member of the World Listening Project and World Listeners Group I have contributed to the soundmaps from the start in 2010. The composition “Rainy small harbour near the factory” was part of the album “Entropy”, track 15 (World Listening Day 2014) published by Sonic Terrain / Sonic Field.
World Listening Day on July 18th, the birth date of Canadian professor, composer, music educator, and author R. Murray Schafer. His World Soundscape Project developed the fundamental ideas and practices of acoustic ecology in the 1970s.
More information about the World Listening Day and World Listening Project you can find here: https://www.worldlisteningproject.org
With thanks to Udo, Radio Aporee, for the use of the “miniatures for mobiles” app. (still developing)