Extinction Calls is a sound installation that calls for listening as a way of reconnecting with the environment. Promoting sound encounters with extinct and critically endangered bird species, this creation is a proposal to recover the enchantment of bird communication. It premiered at MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), in Lisbon, on June 10th, and can be heard until January 2021.
The project was commissioned to the artist Cláudia Martinho, who has also been a member of the AUDIRE research team since April 2020. Architect, PhD in Sonic Arts from the University of London, she works at CECS in the field of sound studies, sound culture and acoustic aesthetics. She is also interested in creative sound practices, sound art, acoustic environments, soundwalking and psychoacoustics.
To mark the International Day of Listening, we are organising an online meeting for July 17 that aims to reflect on the challenge of listening, on what the sound makes known and on the relevance of the preservation of our acoustic memories. The initiative is open to the participation of other researchers, who may submit proposals for communication until June 26.
Subscription is free. A digital certificate is issued for participation.
The confinement period we experienced following the COVID-19 pandemic exposed us to a different sound atmosphere. Quieter than usual, distant from the noise of the traffic and movement of cities, this new acoustic landscape brought to the foreground sounds to which we are usually less sensitive. For several weeks, the world around us reverberated with a kind of echo from the distance.
In a free initiative, the AUDIRE project invited other ears to listen to the acoustic effects of the COVID-19 containment quarantine. The recordings show a certain sound consensus around the sounds of natural landscapes, the echo of empty cities and the percussion of domestic environments.
In this period in which we live an experience of social distancing, what sounds have become more audible? What did we start to hear better at a time when the social movement slowed down? This is the challenge that we are launching from the AUDIRE project:
Make your own recording and share with us the acoustic sensation that the isolation is giving you. We would like to collect contributions with a duration of 1 to 3 minutes, to build a sound landscape of personal experiences (if possible with an indication of the day, time, location and equipment used).
Cláudia Martinho is the new researcher for the AUDIRE project team. A trained architect, she is a sound artist, with a PhD in Sonic Arts from the University of London. Her research interests include sound studies, sound culture, acoustic aesthetics, creative sound practices, sound art, acoustic environments, soundwalking and psychoacoustics. She started functions on April 2, in the teleworking modality, as a result of the health crisis of COVID-19.
The AUDIRE project joins Antena 1, CECS and the Sopcom Radio and Sound Media Working Group to mark World Radio Day with a special broadcast from the Open Antena program, live from the Gualtar campus of the University of Minho . On February 13, between 11 am and 12 pm, the public radio microphones will give a voice to students and the academic community.
Since 2020 is the International Year of Sound, the purpose of this special broadcast, conducted by journalist António Jorge, is to promote the debate on the relevance of sound communication. What does it matter what we hear? How can sound represent diversity? What place does radio have in our lives? Are we or are we not losing the ability to listen? These are some questions that open the antenna, from the Auditorium B1 of CP2 to the academy in Minho. Entrance is free.
World Radio Day was created by Unesco in 2011. This year, diversity is the theme that marks the date.
On World Listening Day 2019, in the garden of the bookstore Centésima Página in Braga, researcher Laura Romero performed a sound action where a camping tent was converted into a small and intimate recording studio. People who were in the bookstore were invited to participate. Each person, lying inside the tent, experienced their own listening and recording moment. Around it, several bottles contained papers with poems and questions about memories, sounds and spaces. The result is a polyphonic and intimate piece that portrays the city of Braga and the Minho region, at the same time that it portrays some memories, stories and sensitivities of the people who share conviviality in this space.
The piece contains some binaural recordings and therefore it is recommended to listen with headphones for a better listening experience.
Bragafonia is a sound creation by Laura Romero, with the support of Livraria Centésima Pàgina and the Center for Communication and Society Studies at the University of Minho. This piece was developed under the project “Audire: saving sound memories”, during July and August 2019. Thanks for the support and participation are endless: Helena Gomes, Adriano Ferreira, Francisca Martins, Sofia Saldanha, Madalena Oliveira, Alberto Sá , Pedro Portela, Ricardina Magalhaes, Alice Dutra, Cristina dos Santos, Luis Caície, Alberto Fernandes, and all the anonymous people who shared their memories.