World Listening Day 2015 : FIVE H2O IMPRESSIONS

Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

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Saturday --- July 18, 2015 --- is World Listening Day.

This year the focus is on water.

When I first heard of this year's aquatic theme, I entertained the possibilities of recording idealized natural sounds such as rivers and rain and oceans. 

It's an easy trap for a field recordist to fall into: Traveling the world like some 17th Century European explorer seeking exotic sounds to capture, preserve, and document with all the acoustic myths and sonic stereotypes of noble savage soundscapes and audio colonization fully intact.

But then I remembered I live in a desert. 

A place where water is not only scarce, but increasingly imported and often squandered.

And not just by the usual suspects of miners and golf courses and farmers and industrialists, but by people like myself who move to this place and build personal Edens.

Turning the microphone inward with honesty resulted in some difficult listening. 

Not everything I heard jibbed with my idea of self and my place in the fabric of desert water consumption.

But hear it is anyway, in all it's glory, for whatever it is worth.

Happy World Listening Day.

Think globally. Listen locally.

Glenn

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Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

Story

world listening day 2015

Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

Story

world listening day 2015

Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

Story

world listening day 2015

Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

Story

world listening day 2015

07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

Story

 

An hour-long monsoon sounding and additional ambiance from

The Sonorous Desert Militarized Zone.

world listening day 2015

Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

Story

A Cocktail For World Listening Day 2015 : H2O

(at least here in Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Make your own and hear it for yourself.

Two ounces of H20 from Mexico (contained within blue agave plants and fermented)

Four ounces of natural mineral water from Italy (carbonated)

Three Arizona Ice Cubes (a frozen blend of water from the Colorado River and local aquifer)

Water from Brazil contained in half a lime.

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.

Strain and pour into a glass (salted rim optional).

Garnish with lime.

Drink.

Listen.

Repeat.

world listening day 2015 cocktail

Glenn Weyant
07/18/2015
Glenn Weyant

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Just in time for World Listening Day 2015 : H2O, the desert washes flow again thanks to the arrival of migrant clouds from Mexico and Hurricane Dolores.

hurricane dolores