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Soundscapes "World Beat" Collaboration

Help make our next Soundscapes film a global collaboration! Film your soundscape this friday on 11.11.11 and submit it to the One Day on Earth Soundscapes project. You do not need to be musically inclined to participate. This is a call for anybody and everybody participating in One Day On Earth to contribute an unique and interesting sound sample to our global soundscape.

The goal for our project is to create a visual rhythmic composition with sounds recorded around the world. These recordings can be created or found. We are interested in single isolated sound samples, naturally occurring rhythms or your own rhythmic contribution to a 111 bpm click-track.

Watch our film "Soundscapes" above and starting thinking about what your soundscape will be on 12.12.12.

Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Latest Activity: Jan 17, 2013

Soundscapes Prompt

On 11.11.11 record your soundscape. Consider it a scavenger and be an attentive listener to the sounds around you. The sounds you film don't need to be inherently musical, just unique and interesting to you. Also consider listening for rhythms happening naturally in the world around you. Find interesting acoustic spaces or share sounds unique to your environment that define your part of the world. Share a single sound or share many. Shoot it with a cell phone or a full crew. Don’t feel limited by your time, equipment or musicality. It’s a game for everybody. Let’s see how many places in the world we can hear together. Watch our film "Soundscapes" above to see an illustration of the concept.

The video you capture should isolate the image of what is producing the sound. When recording to the click track use headphones or ear-buds and try to avoid hearing the click track on your recording . Try to capture a clean and isolated sound recording of your sample and when possible use an audio recorder that is separate from your video camera. If recording with only an on-board camera mic get close to the sound you are sampling but be careful not to capture distorted audio.
It's okay to show the sound recording equipment and the sound recordist in the shot. The idea is to show the collaboration of people recording image and sound samples from around the world so be sure to feature yourselves and your environment visually.

Go to to download the 111 bpm click-track

Or go to to generate a 111 bpm click-track mp3.

Please upload your submissions promptly after 11.11.11 to provide ample time for us to incorporate your sound samples into our film.

Below are some ideas to get you thinking about your soundscapes. Contribute to this scavenger hunt idea list by sharing your own ideas in the comments.

Have fun,

The Soundscapes Team


Car starting
Door closing
Crowd cheering
Single vocal or instrument note
Whistling teapot
Doorbell / Knocking

Dripping faucet
Hammering at construction site
Beeping ATM, crosswalks and trucks backing up
Bouncing on a trampoline
Heart beat / heart-rate monitor
Passing train / train crossing bell
Insect / animal sounds: crickets, frogs, birds, cicadas, etc...
Idling engine
Boiling water

Bang on found object
Beat boxing
Dribbling basketball
Tap Dancing
Tapping a pencil
Solicit a street performer

Parking garages
Over passes
Church Sanctuaries


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Comment by Sibylle Meder on January 17, 2013 at 1:12pm

In the end, I didn't only include the sounds but got some lovely music from NY State based composer Tom Mangano... But those sound snippets are still available if anyone is interested.

Hipstamovie #2 from Sibylle Meder on Vimeo.

Comment by Sibylle Meder on December 12, 2012 at 4:51am

Thank you, Ashley! I've started. It's going to be a meta-doc: a documentary about shooting documentary bits to document One Day on Earth ;-) ... or something like that.

Comment by Ashley Tantillo on December 11, 2012 at 7:03pm

That sounds awesome Sibylle! Have a great 12.12.12!

Comment by Sibylle Meder on December 11, 2012 at 9:12am

Hey! I didn't know this existed already! I was planning to do something similar tomorrow: to shoot a Hipstamovie consisting entirely of stills shot with the Hipstamatic app and - in lack of a music track to edit to - to make my own by using the sounds I find. So could do both and contribute here, too. Let's see... Anyone else planning to do a soundscape tomorrow?

Comment by Ashley Tantillo on December 6, 2012 at 10:33am

Hi everyone! 12.12.12 is just around the corner, does everyone have a soundscapes project in mind for this year? There's so much going on in the world, we need to record it!

Comment by Alexey Dvoeglazov on December 8, 2011 at 12:37am

Filming the Wooden spoon players ensemble

In the film is shown the working training of the children’s ensemble of wooden spoon playing. To make the report about how the filming day of the project «One Day on Earth» goes came the journalists of domestic television.

Comment by Catherine Schuelke on November 20, 2011 at 3:02pm

The sound of water running from a sink faucet.

Comment by alon farago on November 18, 2011 at 5:29pm
this is my video with souns for soundscape - it is from the old city of jerusalem.

Comment by Catherine Schuelke on November 17, 2011 at 2:09pm
Spatula banging and scraping in pot while cooking eggs.

Comment by Kirk Andrew Henry on November 17, 2011 at 12:22pm

11.11.11. Soundscape. Beach moonset, UNESCO World Heritage Site on the caribbean island of St Lucia, capturing the rhythm of the sea and wind, crickets, frogs, morning birds and local fishermen. This natural soundscape is under threat in 2012. No fancy equipment or microphones, just me and my camera.


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