Guest Post by USC Sound Lab
The Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology is taking part in #Reveil2020 on International Dawn Chorus Day this year. Reveil is a global arts project and international web broadcast that relays the sounds of live microphones tracking sunrise in multiple locations across the planet.
Starting just before daybreak in Rotherhithe near the Greenwich Meridian in the UK, the Reveil broadcast will pick up these feeds one by one, tracking the sunrise west from microphone to microphone, following the wave of intensified sound that loops the earth every 24 hours at first light. The stream will launch this weekend, starting on Saturday May 2nd at 2pm AEST as a radio broadcast hosted on the Reveil platform.
Microphones have been rigged in a network of points across the world to reveal their acoustic ecologies. This year's event is set to reveal information about the state of the planet as a result of global lockdowns that are changing our sonic environments.
People from across the planet, including London, Chicago, Montreal and our very own University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) team, will stream the broadcast live to radio stations for online listeners, providing a way to connect with nature and reveal these planetary changes during a time of disconnection.
Working alongside the Reveil team in London, the USC team will be documenting the step by step process across social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter, as a global hub of information. Follow the event in real-time in Asia-Pacific timezones with the the USC SoundLab on twitter, instagram and facebook. Follow @SoundCamp for the global event and the #Reveil2020 for latest program information. Sunshine Coast soundstreams will be located in the rainforest canopy at Mary Cairncross, Maroochy River, Eudlo Creek and the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, tracking the chorus throughout the day.
SoundCamp are an art collective based at Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe coordinated by Maria Papadomanolaki, Dawn Scarfe and Grant Smith. Reveil 2020 will be mixed live from London, UK (Soundcamp, Grant Smith), South River, ON (NAISA, Darren Copeland), Sunshine Coast, Australia (Leah Barclay, Biosphere Soundscapes) and Crete, GR (Maria Papadomanolaki, Soundcamp). The Reveil schedule will bring together microphones from open windows, rooftops, gardens, forests, underwater and electromagnetic sites. The broadcast works with the Locus Sonus network to share sounds, ecologies and atmospheres as part of an emerging Acoustic Commons.
Soundscape - The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Volume 17, 2019