21.5.20

[Track #063] Dawn

location: Bantul Regency, Indonesia | time: 05:05 am~ Dawn, 13 May 2020 | ambient: Silent front room with the sound of a clock ticking, rooster cuckoo sound, and little street activities | author: Rangga Purnama Aj

20.4.20

[Press - Open Call] #quarantine_landscape


#quarantine_landscape open call

As people experience different levels of lockdown due to the pandemic, our living spaces enter an anomalous, hard and somehow unexpected new dimension. Yet this condition can reveal some intriguing situations. Focusing on silence, the Below20 - Sound museum of Silence is opening a special call for field recordings of ambient “silenced” by the pandemic. COVID 19 is having a huge impact on our lives and this reflects on the places we habit or the places we don’t frequent anymore.*

Silence can be defined as a soundscape with loudness below 20 dB. This project is an open archive which collects silence as soundscape / field recording below 20 dB. This is an open and on-going project, so everyone can contribute with a silence, sending it by email at 20decibel[at]gmail.com
With the sounds, some information is required, like the place of the rec, time of the rec and of the day when was taken, type of ambient in wich the rec was taken, and of course the author. Based on this catalog of infos, some publications (like digital collection) will be released.
By sending your track you agree to below20 to use it for publication/exhibition purpose.

Every contribution is appreciated, so arm your sampler!


8.2.19

[Track #062] New Year's Eve in OSAKA


location: Shimaizumi,Habikino,Osaka,Japan | time: 16:19~, 31 Dec 2018 | ambient: Japanese wooden house facing a narrow road | author: Kazuya Ishigami

9.1.19

[Track #061] Disappearing


location: Fjallsárlón, Iceland | time: September 9, 2018, between 18:10 and 18:15 | ambient: shore of a glacial lagoon | author: Manuel López

"This recording was made on the shore of the glacial lagoon of Fjallsárlón (Iceland) on September 9, 2018, between 18:10 and 18:15. The water was full of icebergs with different sizes and colors, all oscilating at the same rhythm but in different times, colliding with each other. However, the atmosphere was like a closed space, intimate, inner. They were whispering."

24.12.18

[Track #060] Exposed

author: Katina Bitsicas

"This piece was recorded in my apartment in Florence, Italy in 2011 during a panic attack, where my breathing became heavy and quickened. This audio was then manipulated to create a progression of the breathing."

[Track #059] Hypnagogic Regression

author: Katina Bitsicas

"This piece is a mixture of manipulated archival sounds from a variety of places and dates, primarily in Kalamazoo, MI in 2008 in my college dorm room and Cheboygan, MI in 2013 at an antique shop and a forest preserve. This work simulates the multiple flashbacks that occur of specific traumas in my past by creating a dialogue between the different channels of audio. "

[Track #058] Norwich Castle Museum Dungeon


location: Norwich Castle Museum Dungeon, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom | time: 13:23, November 20th 2018 | ambient: Historic building/basement/dungeon | author: Michael Ridge

"The dungeons are a rather damp, dark and unpleasant space, the recording picks up occasional drops of water hitting the floor. Distant thuds and clatter can sometimes be heard, usually from members of staff slamming doors or moving objects in one of the basement rooms nearby".