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1Oth Year Anniversary of DC Listening Lounge


Jul 6, 2017

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What is Sound Scene?

It’s an annual interactive audio installation curated by DC Listening Lounge and presented at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Now celebrating its 1Oth year, Sound Scene showcases the audio creativity of the District of Columbia (as well as national and international artists). The one-day-only “sonic happening” features many and multiform listening opportunities– but not just with your ears. Deaf and hearing audiences enthusiastically welcome.

​What to expect THIS year:
Listen to original compositions scored for your ankles, wrists and torsos with wearable technology from Music Not Impossible
Build (and keep) wind chimes from recycled materials
Sculpt sound waves through sand with the sound of your voice
Direct a “Choose your own (audio) adventure” story
Send messages through an audio periscope
Play a veggie keyboard
Compose melodies based upon body temperature
Construct a wall of silence
Enjoy live performances from National Symphony Orchestra musicians, Takoma Park’s PanLara steel drum band and local improvisational musicians including Layne Garrett and Nate Scheible.
​ASL interpreters on-site all day
Sign up for a workshop: join an instrument build, kids’ audio postcard workshop, or small group listening lounge – held throughout the day
Strike a Peace Bell made from a reclaimed melted down gun
Relax in a quiet corner, pick up some headphones and allow our audio art and stories to transport you. Take a few minutes to listen more closely to the stories of our city.
* Join us *
July 8, 2017, IOam-5pm.

Sound Scene Roots
​The very first Sound Scene took place in a cozy three-room community space called La Casa in Mt. Pleasant, Washington, DC. From there, its expanded to venues across the city including The Warehouse (RIP), The Goethe Institut (DC) and now the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Above are some highlights from Sound Scenes of the past. Learn more on our about page.
​Photos here are courtesy of Amy Rankin, Lindsay Brown, Layne Garrett, Jocelyn Frank and Susan Gravatt.


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