What are your favorite sounds of summer? The pulsing cadence of cicadas, creaking chorus of pond frogs, or clicking whirr of grasshoppers are common sounds heard in regions across the United States. Summer wouldn’t be the same without them.
The sounds of our environment enhance our perceptions in ways unique from sight. World Listening Day, July 18, 2017, is the perfect time to reflect on what you hear in the world around you. Founded in 2008, the World Listening Project—the organization behind the event—brings awareness to natural and cultural sounds through the practice of listening and field recording. This year’s theme, Listening to the Ground, draws inspiration from the American Composer Pauline Oliveros, who used the phrase deep listening to encourage “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear ... the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one’s own thoughts, as well as musical sounds.”