On 3-4 MAY 2014 we transmitted Reveil: the first live 24 hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed by a network of audio streamers around the world.

Starting on Saturday at dawn London time (UTC 0+1), Reveil traveled west from one open microphone to the next, tracking the rising sun, and finished the following morning back in London where the show was being broadcast from the soundCamp at Stave Hill Ecological Park, about 2 miles from the Meridian line in Greenwich.

This first iteration of the broadcast combined streams from the Locus Sonus network, many assembled specially for this event, newly commissioned feeds from Abu Dhabi, Athens, Copenhagen and S Italy, together with existing live audio from webcams, deep ocean hydrophones, Very Low Frequency radio and independent channels, covering all continents and time zones.

Highlights included permanent live streams from Austin, TX and Costa Rica by Joel Goodwin at Live Nature Songs; whalesong from Hawaii by the Jupiter Research Foundation, wild soundscapes with goats and bells by Grégoire Lauvin (Locus Sonus) in the mountains around Aix en Provence.

In addition, Reveil welcomed transient streams by special commission or collaboration with the following artists: Dawn Scarfe (bivvy broadcasts); Budhaditya Chattopadhyay; Chad Clark; Leandro Pisano and Raffaele Mariconte; Michalis Moschoutis; MC Brane; Jonny Farrow.

A common theme was the absence, for the most part, of talk and music. In contrast to the majority of radio programming, for this project we opened our microphones to sounds of nonhumans - birds, cetaceans, storms - at daybreak, when the balance between human and other sounds was slightly, but decisively shifted.

Reveil aimed to create a sketch of this emerging live archive and to catalyze the development of a more extensive open microphone network as a way of attending to the soundscapes especially of wild places - whether in remote wilderness or dense urban areas.

Reveil was hosted in New York by Wave Farm and broadast on WGXC 90.7-FM, Resonance FM and participating stations.

Streams played (with notes)


3-4 May 2014
Stave Hill Ecological Park, Rotherhithe, London, UK

The Reveil broadcast and the soundcamp were linked to International Dawn Chorus Day, an annual event when many people go out in the early morning to listen to birdsong.

For the first soundcamp event, artists Ian Rawes and Richard Beard from the London Sound Survey led dawn chorus walks and presentations on wildlife and docklands sounds and field recording.



Ky Lewis
Soundcamp 2014   with analogue photographs, maps, sounds, text

Bridget McKenzie