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Citizen Science

Eclipse Soundscapes is pleased to invite citizen scientists to participate in the August 21, 2017 eclipse by collecting their own audio data. Here’s everything you need to know:

Why record audio during the eclipse?

There is anecdotal evidence that human and wildlife sounds change during an eclipse, from crickets chirping to humans gasping. We want to record that evidence so researchers can explore those concepts scientifically. The more we record, the more we can learn about ecological and sociological reactions to the eclipse.

Our sound database will be free and open source, so sound designers and soundscape artists can use the recordings in their work.

Audio is a great way to remember your eclipse experience, as the eclipse is difficult to photograph without expensive camera equipment.

What you need

Anything with a microphone is capable of making a field recording, from dedicated field recording units to a smartphone with a free recording app.

How to get the best results from your audio recording

Set up your equipment in a dry, safe area as far away as from ambient human noise as possible (crowds, machinery, power-lines, etc.)

Stay quiet and move as little as possible, even if you aren’t directly next to your equipment.

Record for at least half an hour before the apex of the eclipse, and half an hour after. This allows enough time to record any gradual changes in the soundscape.

How to submit your recording

As soon as we’re ready for submissions, we’ll post a link to eclipsesoundscapes.org. Sign up for our email notifications to be the first to know.

We’ll need:

-Your full name

-Your location, as specific as possible, please! You can pinpoint your latitude and longitude with the Eclipse Soundscapes app.

-Your audio recording in a Wav file. For best results, your recording should be a minimum of 44.1K, 16 bit.

How Eclipse Soundscapes will use your recording

We will compile eclipse field recordings in a large database that will be accessible from our website.

Our database will be free and openly accessible for educational and artistic purposes. Through Eclipse Soundscapes, you can share your work with the world!