A listening room is a place where we listen and talk about what we hear. All submissions should be sent to alisteningroom (at) gmail.com and be clearly titled CLIMATE CHANGE SUBMISSION.
third listening sessions is yet to be held, yet I feel compelled to
initiate a fourth session with the title CLIMATE CHANGE. With the
Paris talks right behind us, floods in Chennai and Yorkshire, unheard
of winter and
methane leaks in Los Angeles, the dying off of biodiversity and
drastic reduction of all glacial ice around the globe the world appears to be
changing at an alarming rate. Yet
evermore we seem to be stuck inside the eye of the hurricane, as if
the pace of change around us has outdone our collective reflexes. What
we can be
done by an individual
seems negligible, yet it is clear that drastic action must be taken, to shift the equation closer to manageable physically
Thus I feel compelled to ask questions. What
is my relationship to global warming, do I need to think about it,
does my relation in fact only exist through media?
What is our response, or what should be our response? Should be
politicize it, where will this lead? How do we mobilize action? Where
does sound come into play in our relation to climate change? Where
does sound come into play in my relation to what I hear about it and what
makes me fear climate change? Is climate change even real? How do I
sense it? What about resources, can we manage them better? Are sounds resources?
Can we raise awareness in communities inside and outside the music
and art space? Should
this be something we need to think about? How
do these questions affect the work we produce? Should it? What will sound be in the future? Is sound already nostalgic? Can sound react beyond the archival?
issue is big, and the questions, coloured by my own desire for action, do not aim to be exhaustive or even necessary. They aim at pointing especially towards our personal
relations to climate change, how it appears to us, and the relation of this is to the local sound
ecology we inhabit: both biological and mechanical. I
do not wish that people only listen more to the animals around them,
but also the plants, people, news coverage, cars, everything that can be picked up. How will this all change along with the climate?
We are taking submissions tackling precisely this, and I
like participants to consider this issue from the subjective and
personal to the planetary point
of view, again submissions can be anything recorded, it can be made
for the occasion or be something already made. We accept everything and will listen to
call is open to everyone. Sessions last a day, and everyone is
free to come and go as they please. If you wish to submit sounds or
music please email us clearly stating as your subject CLIMATE CHANGE
SUBMISSION to alisteningroom
(at) gmail.com if
you wish to submit something which is not online please wetransfer it
to the same address, again clearly stating the subject and your name
in the message box. If you wish to write something about your
submission please feel free to so do. All works will be published on
our site and the sounds which are online will be linked.
date of the session will be announced soon.