Listening Grounds

An opportunity to sprout your own creative musical “seeds” and share them in a collective digital “sound garden”

Listening Grounds is an opportunity to sprout your own creative musical “seeds” and share them with others, culminating in a collective digital “sound garden” that can be explored by anyone, from anywhere!

Over the course of the next eight months, Michiko Theurer and Danny Clay invite you to join us in a collective musical gardening process.

  • You’ll receive a monthly Gazette (PDF and video) – a cozy creative space for all of us to read and share prompts for cultivating musical ideas, alone or together.
  • You’ll be invited to monthly Incubator Parties to celebrate and share what you’ve been growing with others.
  • The sonic blooms we grow over the year (as words, scores, recordings, and more!) will become part of a sound installation and living community archive that anyone can access online.

Everyone is invited to join – whether you identify as a sound-maker, sound-lover, tinkerer, noodler, performer, composer, or experimenter of any sort. This is an affirmative space for connecting, experimenting, and celebrating sonic community.

Danny Clay is a composer and educator whose work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things with people of all ages and levels of artistic experience. Working closely with artists, students, and community members alike, he builds worlds of inquiry, play, and perpetual discovery that integrate elements of sound, movement, theatre, and visual design.

Michiko Theurer is a performer, artist, and compos(t)er who cultivates intimate spaces for conversation and shared wonder. Her multimedia work combines the gestural energy of her violin playing with the improvisational fluidity of her painting, and ranges from interactive video installations to virtual galleries, collective performances, and celebratory sharing-spaces.

The first online Incubator Party will be at 18:00 – 19:30 (UK time) on Sunday 25 July. You can register here to take part and find out more about the project.

If you are interested in taking part in the Listening Grounds Project but can’t make this date then please register your interest here instead and we will be in touch when further introductory sessions are arranged. There is no charge to take part in the project.

We’ve made the Gardening Gazette #1 and its associated video publicly available so that everyone can get an idea of what the project will be like. Future editions will be sent to project participants.

We will keep this page (www.coma.org/listening-grounds) updated as the project develops.