Acoustic Commons is a small cooperation project with Creative Europe. Over three years (2020-2022) it is developing work between arts organisations in Europe and Japan, focusing on digital tools for exchanging environmental sounds, and widening engagement around an emerging network of open microphones. In this way, it aims to contribute to collective thinking and practice around the 'sticky concept' of acoustic commoning: acousticommons.net.
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Biosphere Open Microphones
BIOM is a project co-creating a real-time acoustic observatory in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a set of over 600 sites spanning a variety of habitats on land and in the water. For more on this partnership with Biosphere Soundscapes and others, see BIOM. For a recent article, based at a presentation for Sound and Environment, see an article in Soundscape Volume 18, 2019.
The Live Audio Archive
Documents a panel at Balance Unbalance in Manizales, Colombia 9-11 May 2016. Featuring work with live audio streams by Locus Sonus, Zach Poff, Wave Farm, Cyberforest, John Grzinich, Dawn Scarfe, Weather Report (Jiyeon Kim and Gangil Yi), Maria Papadomanolaki. With thanks to Eric Leonardson. The Live Audio Archive, Leonardo Volume 51 Issue 3 June 2018. PDF.
Acoustic Commons Radio
Acoustic Commons was a series of six live radio programmes for Resonance Extra, comprising live feeds and interviews with streamers from their microphone locations. The artists are: Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus); Sukanta Majumdar (The Travelling Archive), Grant Smith (Soundcamp), Zach Poff (with Wave Farm), Daisuké Shimotoku (Cyberforest), Sarah Dalrymple (Cumbria Wildlife Trust). Description, recordings and location drawings are in the archive.
is an inventory and reader of the sounds, sites and streams assembled for the Reveil radio broadcast on 2 to 3 May 2015. In its second iteration, Reveil again made a complete transect of the earth lasting one earth day, travelling west from Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe on a sequence of live audio streams.
The publication takes its z-shaped double binding from the hand-sewn singinging printed by Colin Sackett in 1995 to notate sound rising and falling over downland.
2 x 28pp, 220 x 150mm. Essays by Angus Carlyle, Anna Friz, Udo Noll, Zach Poff, Rob St John, and Paul Tourle. Images by Ky Lewis. Designed and produced by Uniformbooks and SoundCamp, 2016.
Available from SoundCamp or Uniformbooks.
Sounds nothing like the sea
is a reflection on Reveil's crossing of the Pacific Ocean on live audio streams. The digital version here includes the full text, code by Max Baraitser Smith and live sounds depending on availability.
A paper version with images by Ky Lewis is available as part of On Sea/At Sea Performance Research Vol 21 No 2 April 2016.
30 Years of Urban Ecology at Stave Hill in Docklands
is an ongoing research and engagement project at Stave Hill Ecological Park on the Rotherhithe peninsula. It marks the 30th anniversary of the Park's creation on bare dockland infill in 1986, and roughly the 40th of its precursor, the William Curtis Ecology Park, set up in 1977 by Tower Bridge as perhaps the world's first urban ecology park. Workshops and walks exploring the site over the seasons will be documented in a series of booklets, field and oral history recordings, and an evolving collection of materials at archive.org.
'Celebrating London's first ecology parks'
The trajectory from William Curtis to Stave Hill is described here by eminent ecologist, David Goode, who joined us for a walk from the former site to the current one in November 2016.
Walks Around Stave Hill Ecological Park
Four seasonal walks leaving from the SHED, Timber Pond Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 6AX (behind Bacon's College). A series of booklets from the residency: '30 Years of Urban Ecology at Stave Hill in Docklands' supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund - stavehill.soundtent.org. Text: SoundCamp , Rebeka Clark. Images: Ky Lewis. Additional images: Clare Street, and from the archive of Stave Hill and the Trust for Urban Ecology. Design: Sam Baraitser Smith. Website: Max Baraitser Smith. Produced by Uniformbooks. Available from SoundCamp, Uniformbooks or on site, and in an online version by Max Baraitser Smith.
is a a source / scrapbook for the first soundcamp over 3-4 May 2014. Tabloid format, 20 pages. A few printed copies are available from SoundCamp. A pdf is here.
A short film
by Peter Gazey and Rose Ades on soundcamp 2016 at Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe, with Rebeka Clark, Maria Papadomanolaki, Geoff Sample, Karina Townsend, Leon Lewis, Dawn Scarfe, Grant Smith vimeo youtube.