SET UP A SOUNDCAMP
Find a site
Check permissions, access, network
Invite / -volve others
Plan your stream – see the how to
Let us know you will take part
Set up a webpage for your soundcamp / stream from soundtent.org [coming soon]
Plan transport, water, food, power
The dawn chorus loops the earth every 24 hours along the line of first light. Birds and other organisms create a wave of sound at a time when humans may be relatively quiet. They are accompanied by weather and machines.
A sound camp is a temporary gathering, probably outdoors, involving from 1 to maybe 100 people. It is a way to be out among sounds and share them.
Each sound camp includes a transmission point, or open microphone, sending lives sounds of the location to the internet, where they are available on the Locus Sonus soundmap.
Sound camps are linked by the Reveil 24+1 hour radio broadcast that picks up live streams as the sun reaches each location. The broadcast happens on Wave Farm, Resonance, Tsonami and 20+ participating stations. It appears as a radio event at soundtent.org/reveil.
A sound camp usually also has a listening point, which could be as simple as a phone with headphones, or quite elaborate (see PITCH). This is a way to listen to the Reveil broadcast.
In 2014 there was one sound camp. Last year there were 41. Together they form a light network of listening points at scattered places of acoustic / ecological interest.
For Reveil 2023 we have 10 streamboxes to send out. To apply, please propose a stream.
Soundcamps have happened in dense urban and 'deep rural' areas, and in between.
Consider a place with:
good ground for sleeping on
maybe away from busy roads - check maps
with a water supply; or plan to take water with you
mains power; or take batteries
an internet connection (check ethernet, wifi or mobile coverage)
You could camp in your back yard or on the roof (maybe)?
The Reveil broadcast will run from 5AM London time (UTC+1) on Saturday 6 May until 6AM (UTC+1) on Sunday 7 May 2023. It travels West just before the sunrise, relaying streams at civil twilight local time. We will pick up streams in the Western hemisphere on Saturday 6th, and streams in the Eastern hemisphere on Sunday 7th.
See STREAM for an overview of streaming with a phone, laptop or Raspberry Pi
Streaming how to
Streambox build notes
Set up a listening point to follow the broadcast
It could be as simple as a phone with a portable speaker.
A tent provides a useful sonically porous listening space.
Keep amplification low near the streaming microphone.
Tune in over FM, WiFi or 3 or 4G (via a router or phone).
You can listen at Wave Farm, Resonance, a local station. Check the Broadcast page at soundtent.org for a list of stations.
And / or follow the whole event at soundtent.org/reveil.
Pass the time
Cooking, eating, drinking
Exploring the site
Listening, perhaps at daybreak
For a list of soundcamps over 10 years, please see the Archive under development at soundtent.org
Soundcamp are an arts cooperative based at Stave Hill Ecological Park in South London. We work on transmission ecologies from DIY broadcasting devices to large scale public projects. As part of the Acoustic Commons network, we coordinate the long-form radio broadcast Reveil (2014 –), and a series of sound and ecology events (soundcamps) on Dawn Chorus day each year. Our work appears as installations, workshops, publications and events. Research covers participatory audio technologies and live media for art–science and environmental advocacy.
Recent projects include: l a g – experiments with ecological radio: residency with Kate Donovan for the Sonic Acts Inn(ear)th programme (2022); Design, concept, network for Acoustic Commons (Creative Europe 2020-2022); As if radio.. (AIR): An experiment in ecological activist radio at COP26 Glasgow (2021).
Our work has been supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Local Authority, North Southwark Environment Trust, the British Council, the Creative Europe Programme of the EU and individual supporters.
Skeps. Image from Ludwig Armbruster: Der Bienenstand als völkerkundliches Denkmal. Neumünster in Holstein: Karl Wachholtz 1926. In Lapper, Ellen and Aladin Borioli: Ruches/ Hives, 2400 A.E,C. – 1852 E.C. RVB Books, Belgium 2022. p200.