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The Tokyo Phonographers Union engages the community through works and events on the theme of listening to the sounds and enjoying the sounds of our environment. To date, the TPU has curated performances and facilitated workshops and soundwalks in the Tokyo-Yokohama area including World Listening Day.


Contact:tpu@soundingthespace.com


Sunday, July 16, 2017
World Listening Day 2017
a global community event
at Yokohama ZART
https://waka918.wixsite.com/zartyokohama

Every year in July, people around the globe gather to celebrate World Listening Day. This year the Tokyo Phonographers Union presents World Listening Day 2017 in the Noge area of Yokohama on the theme of Listening to the Ground. To date, The Tokyo Phonographers Union has held the event at Shibuya 20202 Gallery, Zenpukuji Park/Youkobo Art Space, Setagaya Monozukuti School, Sakura WORKS Kannai, The Forum Setagaya, Art Baboo in Yokohama Chinatown, and the Schneider Residence in Kiyosumi Shirakawa.
Now in its 8th year, the event will be held in and around Noge and Zart, a community-based visual and performing arts space. One pays little attention to the existence of “sound” in our daily lives yet we are being continuously surrounded and influenced by it. We encourage you to take this opportunity to open your ears and rediscover the sounds that fill our daily lives.

World Listening Day 2017 includes a Soundwalk, Listening Session, and Performance.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His effort leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, 'The Tuning of the World', inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.

Contact: Marcos Fernandes at listen@soundingthespace.com or 090-8643-1662

Performers:
Marcos Fernandes www.soundingthespace.com
Yoichi Kamimura www.yoichikamimura.com
Yoshiko Mitsui
Haruo Okada pioneer.jp/soundlab/
Hiroki Sasajima
Hiroshi Shimizu hiroshi-shimizu.tumblr.com/
Carl Stone www.sukothai.com
Takashi Tsuda hoflisound.exblog.jp/
Hideki Umezawa soundcloud.com/hideki-umezawa

Soundwalk:
16:00 Experience the soundscape of Noge and its environs with members of the Tokyo Phonographers Union. We will walk for about an hour so please wear comfortable shoes. Meet at Yokohama Zart at 15:45. Participation is free.

Listening Session:
17:00 The soundwalk will be followed by a Listening Session at Zart where we will share and listen to sounds. Participants are encouraged to bring their own field recordings (audio files, CDs, recorders, iPhones). There will be a break at 18:00.

19:00 A performance utilizing ice water and hydrophones by Hideki Umezawa and Yoichi Kamimura will be followed by a soundscape improvisation by the Tokyo Phonographers Union and a set by Still Life.

Space is limited so we encourage you to make reservations by emailing your request to listen@soundingthespace.com. Please make “7/16 WLD” your subject and include your name, phone number, and desired program (Soundwalk, Listening Session, Performance). We will notify you when we reach full capacity on this page.

Links:
World Listening Project www.worldlisteningproject.org
Tokyo Phonographers Union www.facebook.com/tokyophonographersunion/?fref=ts



Sunday, July 17, 2016
World Listening Day 2016
a global community event
at Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Tokyo
http://wld.soundfactors.net

Every year in July, people around the globe gather to celebrate World Listening Day. This year the Tokyo Phonographers Union presents World Listening Day 2016 in Kyosumi Shirakawa, Tokyo on the theme of Lost and Found. To date, The Tokyo Phonographers Union has held the event at Shibuya 20202 Gallery, Zenpukuji Park/Youkobo Art Space, Setagaya Monozukuti School, Sakura WORKS Kannai, The Forum Setagaya and Art Baboo in Yokohama Chinatown.
Now in its 7th year, the event will be held in and around Kiyosumi Shirakawa and the Schneider residence. One pays little attention to the existence of “sound” in our daily lives yet we are being continuously surrounded and influenced by it. We encourage you to take this opportunity to open your ears and rediscover the sounds that fill our daily lives.

World Listening Day 2016 includes a Soundwalk, Listening Session, Panel Discussion and Performance.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His effort leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, 'The Tuning of the World', inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.

Contact: Marcos Fernandes at listen@soundingthespace.com or 090-8643-1662

Performers:
Rodolphe Alexis www.rodolphe-alexis.info
Marcos Fernandes www.soundingthespace.com
Yoichi Kamimura www.yoichikamimura.com
Haruo Okada pioneer.jp/soundlab/
Hiroshi Shimizu hiroshi-shimizu.tumblr.com/
Carl Stone www.sukothai.com
Hideki Umezawa soundcloud.com/hideki-umezawa

Panelists:
Haruo Okada
Carl Stone
Kyoco Taniyama www.kyococo.com (via Skype)
Andreas Schneider (Moderator)

Transportation:
Train: Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line or Toei Oedo Line to Kiyosumi-Shirakawa.

Soundwalk:
15:00 Experience the soundscape of Kiyosumi Shirakaw and its environs with members of the Tokyo Phonographers Union. We will walk for about an hour so please wear comfortable shoes. Meet at Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station Exit B2 at 14:45. Participation is free.

Listening Session:
16:00 The soundwalk will be followed by a Listening Session at the Schneider residence. We will share and listen to “Lost and Found” sounds. There will be a break at 17:15.

Panel Discussion & Live Performance: ¥2000
17:30 Guests Haruo Okada, Carl Stone, Kyoco Taniyama and moderator Andreas Schneider will lead a panel discussion on the topic of "Future Visions of Audio".
18:30 A performance utilizing ice water and hydrophone by Hideki Umezawa and Yoichi Kamimura will be followed by a soundscape improvisation by the Tokyo Phonographers Union.
Food and drinks will be served immediately after the performances.

Space is limited so we encourage you to make reservations by emailing your request to listen@soundingthespace.com.
Please make “7/17 WLD” your subject and include your name, phone number, and desired program (Soundwalk, Listening Session, Panel, Performance). We will notify you when we reach full capacity on this page.



The Tokyo Phonographers Union presents World Listening Day 2015 in Yokohama's Chinatown. World Listening Day takes place on July 18 every year around the globe. To date, The Tokyo Phonographers Union has held the event at Shibuya 20202 Gallery, Zenpukuji Park/Youkobo Art Space, Setagaya Monozukuti School, Sakura WORKS Kannai, and The Forum Setagaya.
Now in its 6th year, the event will be held in and around Yokohama’s Chinatown and Art Baboo 146 on the themes of 'listening to the sounds" and "enjoying the sounds" of the environment. One pays little attention to the existence of “sound” in our daily lives yet we are being continuously surrounded and influenced by it. When one considers the “sound” alone, packed tightly therein are the fragments from the life and times of a community. We encourage you to take this opportunity to open your ears and rediscover the sounds that fill our daily lives. World Listening Day 2015 includes a Soundwalk, a Listening Session where participants are encouraged to bring and share their recordings, and a Panel Discussion & Performance.
World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His effort leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, 'The Tuning of the World', inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
at Art Baboo 146
146-2-10 Yamashitacho, Nakaku, Yokohama, 231-0023 • 045-664-3907
artaraqasia.com/artbaboo146/index.html

Performers:
Marcos Fernandes www.soundingthespace.com
Haruo Okada pioneer.jp/soundlab/
Yoshiko Mitsui
Hiroshi Shimizu hiroshi-shimizu.tumblr.com/
Carl Stone www.sukothai.com

Soundwalk:
16:00 Meet at Motomachi/Chukagai Station Exit 5 / Participation is free.
Experience the soundscape of Yokohama Chinatown and its environs with members of the Tokyo Phonographers Union. We will walk for about an hour so please wear comfortable shoes.
Listening Session:
17:00 The sound walk will be followed by a discussion and Listening Session in the salon of Art Baboo where we will share and listen to sounds captured by the participants. Please bring your mp3s, recorders, iphones, etc. There will be a dinner break at 18:30.
Live Performance and Panel:
19:30 open/start / Admission: ¥1500
Members of the Tokyo Phonographers Union will lead a panel discussion on the topic of 'Phonography: Art and Practice', followed by performances using field recordings.



World Listening Day 2014 at Shoin Jinja:
World Listening Day takes place in July every year around the globe. To date, The Tokyo Phonographers Union has held the event at Shibuya 20202 Gallery, Zenpukuji Park Youkobo Art Space, Setagaya Monozukuti School and Sakura WORKS Kannai.
Now in its 5th year, the event will be held in and around Shoin Shrine and The Forum Setagaya on the themes of 'listening to the sounds" and "enjoying the sounds" of the environment. One pays little attention to the existence of “sound” in our daily lives yet we are being continuously surrounded and influenced by it. When one considers the “sound” alone, packed tightly therein are the fragments from the life and times of a community. We encourage you to take this opportunity to open your ears and rediscover the sounds that fill our daily lives.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
at The Forum Setagaya
the-forum.jp
5-15-15 Kamiuma , Setagayaku,Tokyo,154-0011
Former residence of Kazuo Noda, scholar of Business Administration and Management, born in 1927.

Performers Marcos Fernandes http://www.marcosfernandes.com
sawako http://www.troncolon.com
Hiroshi Shimizu hiroshi-shimizu.tumblr.com/
Tetsuro Yasunaga http://www.jimushitsu.com

Soundwalk:
16:00 Meet in front of Shoin Shrine
Participation is free.
Experience the soundscape of Shoin Shrine and its environs with members of the Tokyo Phonographers Union, followed by a discussion in the salon of The Forum. We will walk for about an hour so please wear comfortable shoes.
Live Performance and Panel:
19:00 open / 19:30 start
Admission: ¥2000 • Forum Members: ¥1500
Members of the Tokyo Phonographers Union will perform using field recordings. Following the performance, there will be a Listening Session where we will share and listen to sounds captured by the participants. Please bring your mp3s, recorders, iphones, etc.



World Listening Day 2013 at Sakura WORKS (Kannnai):
As part of World Listening Day, observed around the globe in July every year, the Tokyo Phonographers Union presents a three-part event on the themes of "listening to the sound" and "enjoying the sound" of our environment. One pays little attention to the existence of "sound" in our daily lives yet we are being continuously surrounded and influenced by it. When one considers the "sound" alone, packed tightly therein are the fragments from the life and times of a community. Since its inception in 2010, we have presented World Listening Day at 20202 Gallery in Shibuya, Youkobo Art Space in Zenpukuji and IID in Setagaya. On this our fourth year, the event will take place at Sakura WORKS in Yokohama.

Listening Session:
We invite you to bring and share your field recordings with us. If you would like to participate in the Listening Session, please bring your sound file on a CDR or on a device with an audio output (ie. ipod, recorder, mp3 player, etc.)
Rooftop Soundscape:
We will go up to the rooftop where we turn our attention to the Yokohama soundscape: the reverberating bustle, the traffic, birds, the sounds of the port wafting on the breeze. With a drink in hand, let's share a very special moment in the summer twilight.
Phonography Meeting:
The Tokyo Phonographers Union will perform a soundscape improvisation using field recordings. Nature sounds, urban noise, macro and underwater sounds merge and dissipate in ever-shifting layers to create imagined soundscapes and possible spaces.

Participating Artists:
Marcos Fernandes http://www.marcosfernandes.com
Hiroki Sasajima http://www.hirokisasajima.com/
Carl Stone www.sukothai.com
sawako http://www.troncolon.com
Hiroshi Shimizu hiroshi-shimizu.tumblr.com/

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Sakura WORKS (Kannnai)
Taisei Bldg. 2F, 3-61 Aioicho nakaku Yokohama
Tel. 045-664-9009
http://yokohamalab.jp/sakuraworks
17:00 open / 17:30 start
Advance ¥ 2500 / Door ¥ 2800
Food and drinks will be available.



World Listening Day 2012:
As part of World Listening Day, observed around the globe in July every year, the Tokyo Phonographers Union presents a two-part event featering a soundwalk/listening workshop, and a live performance and panel discussion on the themes of "listening to the sound" and "enjoying the sound" of our environment, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Ikejiri Institute of Design's Monozukuri Gakko in Setagaya, Tokyo.

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 14:00 to 19:30
IID (Ikejiri Institute of Design) / Setagaya Monozukuri Gakko
2-4-5 Ikejiri Setagayaku Tokyo 154-0001
Tel. 03-5481-9011 / Fax. 03-5481-9012
http://setagaya-school.net/

Presenters: Tokyo Phonographers Union, Setagaya Monozukuri Gakko, Ami Yamasaki
Contact: Marcos Fernandes: sounds@accretions.com or 090-8643-1662

Participating Artists:
Marcos Fernandes http://www.marcosfernandes.com
Hiroki Sasajima http://www.hirokisasajima.com/
sawako http://www.troncolon.com
Takashi Tsuda http://hoflisound.exblog.jp/
Eisuke Yanagisawa http://otonoha.x0.com/

Schedule of Events:
14:00~16:00 - Takashi Tsuda's Workshop: "Mimi o Sumasu" in Setagaya:
This workshop attempts to share a little secret on how to "listen, attend to, and enjoy sound." A simple orientation will be followed by a casual two-hour walk around the neighborhood. A familiar walk, with a little attentiveness, opens up a surprisingly rich vista of sounds. Starting with "listening" then "attending to" and "listening to silence," three states of consciousness will be introduced. Fee: ¥1000 adult / ¥5F00 (under 13) includes snack • Limit:15 people (reservation only)
17:00~19:30 - Phonography Meeting in Setagaya: Performance and Panel Discussion:
The terms "field recording," "sounscape" and "soundart" reflect a multi-faceted world woven from a myriad perspectives and interests. A group of artists and researchers active in the areas of field recording and soundscape present an improvisation performance and lead a panel discussion on the themes of "listening to sound," "enjoying sound" and "how to engage with our everyday spaces." Fee: ¥2000 • Limit: 50 people
One pays little attention to the existence of "sound" in our daily lives yet we are being continuously surrounded and influenced by it. Birds at dawn, a boisterous festival, water flowing down a river, the roar of the underpass on a rainy day, the crowds cheering at a field day at an elementary school, the bustle of a pedestrian paradise and much more. When one considers the "sound" alone, packed tightly therein are the fragments from the life and times of a community.

listen + attend + enjoy



Zenpukuji Pond Project for 2011 World Listening Day:
The Zenpukuji Pond Project celebrates World Listening Day 2011 on Monday, July 18th in Zenpukuji, Tokyo. The all day event engages the community in an exploration of soundscape by combining a soundwalk, field recording, discussion of shared activities, and live performances by the participants.
We will meet at 10am at the park entrance down the street from Youkobo Art Space. (PLease see Youkpbo's access map.)
The morning soundwalk around the pond at Zenpukuji Park will be led by Keiko Torigoe and recorded by Marcos Fernandes . The afternoon discussion forum at Youkobo Art Space invites the participants to share their experiences and thoughts on the soundwalk and field recording activities. The performances will feature the Tokyo Phonographers Union in a live improvisation using field recordings including materials from the morning soundwalk, a collaborative performance with voice and field recordings exploring the notion of the human body as a recorder as well as an audience participation piece facilitated by vocalist Yuki Saga.
Zenpukuji Pond Project is organized and presented by Keiko Torigoe, whose work with the concept of soundscape includes various research, environmental design and workshops as well as translations of R. Murray Shafer's writings, and musician, phonographer and soundartist Marcos Fernandes in conjunction with Youkobo Art Space.
This event is free and open to all ages. There are restaurants nearby Youkobo Art Space but articipants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Schedule:
Part I:   10:00-12:00  Soundwalk and Field Recording dedicated to Zenpukuji Pond
12:00-13:00  Lunch
Part II:  13:00-15:00  Sharing & Discussion
15:00-15:30  Recess
Part III: 15:30-18:00  Live Performances

Participants:
Yuki Saga
Tokyo Phonographers Union:
Yoko Arai
Marcos Fernandes
Hiroki Sasajima
Hiroshi Shimizu
Akira Yamamichi
Tetsuro Yasunaga

Location:
Zenpukuji Park and Youkobo Art Space are located near JR Nishi-ogikubo and Tokyo Metro Ogikubo stations.
Youkobo Art Space
Zempukuji 3-2-10, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0041
Tel: 03-5930-5009 Fax:03-3399-7549
http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/



In celebration of World Listening Day 2010, performing and visual arts gallery 20202 presents Possible Spaces, an event featuring field recordings and soundscape improvisations by phonographers and soundartists Carl Stone, Taro Nijikama, Marcos Fernandes, Corey Fuller and Nobuhiko Nakayama on Sunday, july 18 from 2pm to 7pm. 20202 is located on the 2nd floor of Shinrin Heights, 1-14-20 Tomigaya in Shibuya, Tokyo. Admission is ¥1000.

Possible Spaces V.4.2
Sunday, July 18, 2010
14:00-19:00
20202
Shinrin Heights 202, 1-14-20 Tomigaya, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
03-3465-5065
http://www.shinrin20202.jp/

About the Event:
Possible Spaces is a forum for the presentation of phonographic works including straight field recordings, soundscape compositions, solo and collective improvisations. It attempts to engage the audience in an investigation of sound as art, our relationship to our sound environment and an awareness of acoustic ecology. The importance of human hearing is often overshadowed by our current visual preoccupation. Possible Spaces attempts to help reconnect us with and retrain us to decipher the information provided by our sound environment.
Possible Spaces was first presented in 2002 by musician and sound artist Marcos Fernandes in San Diego, California where he was active for many years as performer, producer and curator. After several editions, the series was discontinued  due to the lack of participants in the area, and the concept lay dormant for several years until Fernandes returned to his hometown of Yokohama, Japan in the fall of 2008. Aware of the interest in field recordings in this country, Fernandes decided to introduce the concept of phonography, or the art of field recordings, coined by Fernandes and his colleagues a decade ago (see http://www.phonography.org), and its performative aspects to a wider local audience.
Fernandes hopes to organize a local phonographers union, a collective of field recordists who perform together, often improvising to create 'possible' soundscapes composed of various disparate phonographs. The Seattle Phonographers Union is one such group Fernandes has performed with and similar unions exist in Chicago, New England and London to name a few. (www.kazbar.org/spu/)

About World Listening Day:
The first World Listening Day happens on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Organized by the World Listening Project, the purposes of World Listening Day are to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology, raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography, and design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.
July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Schafer is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement. The World Soundscape Project, which he directed, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field, and his book Soundscape: The Tuning of the World helped to define many of the terms and background behind the acoustic ecology movement. (http://www.worldlisteningproject.org)

About the Performers:

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "the king of sampling." and "one of the best composers living in (the USA) today." He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between San Francisco and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Media Department at Chukyo University in Japan.
http://www.sukothai.com/v.2/index3.html
A native of Yokohama, Japan, Marcos Fernandes spent over three decades in California as performer, producer and curator. He has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong and Japan as a solo improviser, phonographer and as percussionist/sound artist with various ensembles, dancers and visual artists. Fernandes' work can be heard on over 50 recordings on Accretions, Bake/Staalplaat, Circumvention, Pax, Pfmentum, Phonography.org, Public Eyesore, Solitary B and others.
http://www.marcosfernandes.com
Corey Fuller is a sound artist and musician from Tokyo, Japan. Growing up between several different cultures and traveling extensively as a child have made geography and a sense of place major components of Fuller’s music. His work is a slow and gradual music composed of infinitesimal details comprised of processed and delicately treated acoustic instruments, field recordings, and other sound sources.
http://www.myspace.com/coreydavidfuller
Nobuhiko Nakayama is a musician and sound designer based in Tokyo. He has performed and recorded as an electronic musician since the '80s. His field recording-based compositions can be heard on his work with the duo Kaze Hakase.
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/dream-walkers/kazehakase/