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I sent various people I knew around the world this request early in December 2016:

"Would you be up for doing a two minute field recording for me for a project I'm working on? Here's the info for it:

"12/14/16/18/20 = 2
I am asking people to record 2 minutes of whatever sounds are happening around them on 14th December 2016 at 18:20 (6:20 pm) their local time. The idea is to capture the sounds happening around you at that exact time rather than create specific sounds during that time."

Why this date? (Because numbers make nice patterns)

In the US the date is written MONTH DAY YEAR so this date was 12/14/16.
In military time 6 pm is 18:00 and 20 past 6 in the evening is 18:20.
A two miunte recording starting at 20 minutes past the house will end at 22 minutes past the house so.....
12/14/16/18/20/22 = 2

24 people did recordings for this in total. 12 on Side A (24 minutes of sounds). 12 on Side B (24 minutes of sound). Equalling a total of 48 minutes of recordings.

Numbers are neat huh? Well, maybe not to you.

So what happens at 18:20 pm around the world? Lots of kitchen sounds and train commutes and people walking. One contributor was telling me that her house is always full of background sounds...dogs panting or snoring and her housemate
I love insights into the mundane sounds of daily life.

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released July 31, 2017

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Elkka Nyoukis
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Frank Vranckx (slÖ)
The Doll
Claire Stragier
Muyassar Kurdi
Ciarán MacAoidh
Alan Woods
David Colohan
Janine Armin
Ilya S
Corina Inveninato
Andie Brown
Declan Synott
Tom Smith. (The fucker from To Live and Shave in L.A., not the twat from Editors.)
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Willie Stewart
Sharron Kraus
Ulrich Rois
Ingrid Plum
Robin Parmar
Roslyn Steer



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