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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 Clouseau on November 17, 2011 at 7:07am
Comment by alon farago on November 15, 2011 at 3:21pm

hi i uploaded a roghf edit of stuff i shoot for soundscape the world.
i used the on board stereo mic of my sony a1, hope you find it useful.

Comment by Cari Ann Shim Sham* on November 15, 2011 at 11:13am

The ducks are hillarious!

Comment by Kyle on November 15, 2011 at 11:05am

Here's a couple selections from Topanga:

Comment by Kyle on November 15, 2011 at 11:05am

Also please come back here and share your vimeo links

Comment by Kyle on November 15, 2011 at 11:05am

Please upload on the front page of this site. Thanks Alon

Comment by alon farago on November 14, 2011 at 2:07pm

Hi i have sounds from Jerusalem, how should i upload them?

Comment by One Day On Earth on November 13, 2011 at 1:22pm

We got some good stuff up in topanga... will upload soon

Comment by T.K. Broderick on November 13, 2011 at 12:19am
Nice Karen! I like the moment when your duck flies over your shoulder. Great sound bite and visual cue, :D!
Comment by Seymour Pictures on November 12, 2011 at 8:59pm
This is a great video! Look forward to seeing what everyone shot. TK, Robert and I went around LA capturing great sounds too. We are compiling the footage now. Post any questions you might have about submitting your videos from 11.11.11.

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