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On June 21st, at 6 PM Greenwich Mean Time, we will listen to the world

The plan:

On June 21 2014, I am asking anyone in the world to record six minutes of audio

Following the recording, all audio will be combined into a large database and converted into an art installation where guest will be able to explore the sounds of life, as it happens in real time.

Thank you for your help and interest,
I look forward to hearing everyone.
Tohm Judson


Six minutes of life... everywhere... at once.

This project involves the recording of audio at hundreds of unique places around the world, all happening at the same time. At its essence, I am trying to capture an audio time capsule of six minutes of life, in every way possible, that anyone can listen to at anytime.

I am listening for anything that you are doing at the exact moment as everyone else:

walking, talking, sitting, looking, ordering, playing, watching, conversing, sharing, staring, feeling

giving birth, giving a hand, giving a lecture, giving penitence, giving greif, giving applause, giving advise, giving time

with friends, with family, with a lover, with an enemy, with co-workers, with your pet, with strangers, with no one, with everyone

Following the completion of the recordings, I will use the files to create an interactive audio installation as well as create a website dedicated to listening to the world. Others will be invited to share the recordings, as everything collected will be released under Creative Commons Free Cultural License.


Participation is now closed

I hope to shortly have the audio and data available.

I will also respond to any questions sent to the email.

Email: info at sixminutes  dot net
Project Host: Tohm Judson


This project, in its first incarnation, was the foundation of my dissertation at the University of Iowa. I have always been fascinated with time as it relates to location and the idea that, at the same time I was thinking about something, odds are that someone, somewhere was thinking or doing the same thing. Unfortunately, in 2003, the world was much less connected than it is now. Finding a way to link people with the time and proper equipment was quite the task. So, instead, my dissertation focused on recordings in the Chicago area. While the installation was successful, I always wanted to return to do it right. And I think that time is now. The Doomsday Clock rests at five minutes to midnight, when we reach annihilation by our own technology. Perhaps if we use technology to see what each other is up to every day, perhaps we can move from five to six minutes.