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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.

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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 Karen Kiser on November 12, 2011 at 8:48pm
Posted some footage of my duck quacking. It is also raining slightly, there are more ducks quacking in the background and the sound of a gate latch.
Comment by T.K. Broderick on November 11, 2011 at 12:50pm
Happy 11.11.11 everybody!

Tip: use a smart phone to stream the 111 bpm click track at the soundcloud link above in the prompt.

Have fun listening attentively!
Comment by T.K. Broderick on November 9, 2011 at 11:49pm

Welcome Pamela! Glad you're excited to participate, :D!

Comment by T.K. Broderick on November 9, 2011 at 11:30pm

Another consideration when using only an on-board mic is when possible, first film close to the sound to get the sound sample and then move back to get a more desirable frame of the sound source. This will only work if the sound/image sync can be faked when combining the audio of the close-up with the video of the wider shot.

Comment by pamela ruddick on November 9, 2011 at 11:14pm


Comment by Seymour Pictures on November 9, 2011 at 10:01pm
Re: onboard mic and recording your sound. Also make sure to film the object making the sound if possible. It will help to see the visual that accompanies the sound.
Comment by T.K. Broderick on November 9, 2011 at 9:53pm
If you wanna try using a click-track (metronome) follow the link above to generate an mp3 click-track at 111 bpm (you can input the bpm - beats per minute - on the site) that you can listen to on an iPod or other portable music player while performing a beat/rhythm.

But if you'd rather not, just do some attentive listening and record what you find!
Comment by Catherine Schuelke on November 9, 2011 at 9:43pm

O.K. We will be camping at a state park. We'll see what we can come up with. The camp ground bathrooms will surely have interesting acoustics, if nothing else!

Comment by T.K. Broderick on November 9, 2011 at 9:36pm
Welcome Catherine! You can film with whatever equipment you have available to you. When recording with an on-board mic get close to isolate the desired sound and avoid handeling noise when operating the camera during the shot. The click-track is just an option for people interested in creating a rhythm at 111 beats per minute. What we are the most interested in is single isolated sound samples, naturally occurring rhythms, and interesting ambience. What's important is to capture a clean recording and visually represent the source of the sound in your video. Avoid capturing distorted audio when recording something loud and set the sound levels manually when possible to ensure that you're capturing a clean sound sample.
Comment by Catherine Schuelke on November 9, 2011 at 9:24pm

I have no idea what a click-track is. If I record environmental sound with an on-board camera mic, will this still be usable?


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