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Submissions Due For Family Art Challenge Week 4: Sounds of Nature

April 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Location: Online

Listen to the playlist of submissions.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week, we will be hearing the planet in a different way. NYTimes reported last week on the impact of the worldwide lockdown on the sounds of our planet as heard by the mechanical ears of seimographs.  For this week’s art challenge, focus on how the earth sounds to you.

To get started, go outside and listen. What sounds do you hear around you? Can you hear any birds? What does the wind sound like as it moves past trees and buildings? Now explore what sounds you can make. What do two rocks hitting each other sound like? Or what about the noise two sticks make when rubbing against one another?

After you have listened, use the sound recorder on your phone or tablet to create a soundscape using the nature around you. Your soundscape can feature the sounds that make themselves, the sounds you make or a combination of both. Your recording should be at least 15 seconds long and under 1 minute.

Share your audio file with us by emailing [email protected] by 3 PM on Saturday, April 25. Any audio file format is fine. We will post the submitted soundscapes to a collective playlist on our website to be listened to by everyone.

Sample Recording

Sound Recording Apps

You can use a pre-installed recording app on your phone or visit the App Store. Looks for Voice Memos on iPhone and Voice Recorder on some Android devices. You can also try one of these free apps from your app store: Voice Recorder and Audio Editor from the Apple Store or Voice Recorder from the Play Store.


April 25, 2020
3:00 pm
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