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Soundart Radio is holding a Soundcamp this weekend, with an open invitation for our members and supporters to join in a weekend event of listening, walking, and sound recording.

The Dartington based camp will be one of fourteen Soundcamps taking place around the world, from as close by as Bridport in Dorset, to as far flung as Estonia, Ontario and Tasmania. They are linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed live by audio streamers around the globe.

Reveil starts in Rotherhithe near the Greenwich Meridian and travels West from one open microphone to the next, following the wave of sound that loops the earth with the rising sun, picking up audio feeds from forests, very low frequency receivers, deep ocean hydrophones, urban centres and a network of soundcamps and streamers, in a sequence lasting one earth day.

Soundcamp at Dartington will run from Friday evening, 29th April, until Sunday afternoon, 1st May. The event is for adults only, as it is a time of quiet reflection, late nights, early mornings and long walks. Sound recordist Tony Whitehead of Very Quiet Records will be running workshops in field recording techniques, using a wide variety of specialist equipment used to capture the sounds of nature. Sarah Gray will be leading sessions in Somatics, the practice of listening to our bodies. The event will include broadcasting live on radio stations around the world, and an early morning walk into Totnes to watch Dartington Morris, as they dance at Totnes Castle to celebrate May Day.

This is the third year we have been involved with Soundcamp, a worldwide event that is steadily growing. One of the things we love about community radio is being able to listen deeply to the sounds and voices on our doorstep, and share that experience with people around the world. It's so rewarding to make these invisible connections with people and places everywhere.

The event has a limited number of places, and needs to be booked in advance. We are asking participants to contribute £25 towards camping and refreshments. Contact us for more information or to book a place.

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