About CAMPBIENT: The 44-Hour Sound Art Residency

CAMPBIENT is an annual sound art residency that brings together people for 44 hours to conceptualize, produce, and record 44 minutes of sound art compositions all while camping in a state park. Participants are randomly split into groups, each responsible for one portion of the composition with the only caveat being that a continuous field recording base track is audible throughout the piece.

The residency includes sound-related workshops, creative activities, and a start-to-finish audio production process, the results of which are pressed on vinyl records and distributed digitally. Participating artists camp out, share meals, and collaborate in field recording, sound-making, and creative play. CAMPBIENT is held in a new state park every year, and all audio production and activities are off-grid and battery-powered.

360 video of Side A of CAMPBIENT Volume 2

By utilizing state parks rather than private land, the residency underscores an awareness of the commons and an obligation for its stewardship. Public spaces that straddle the natural and built environment are rich with questions of social equity and accessibility, environmental justice and sustainability, as well as those of artistic process, critical analysis, and aesthetics. It is these questions that are explored sonically and dialogically throughout the residency.

Every year, a Special Guest Artist-in-Residence is invited to CAMPBIENT to contribute their knowledge, insights, and experience.

360 video of Side B of CAMPBIENT Volume 2

Participation is by application and is open to any interested individuals – not just sound artists, but artists of any discipline, as well as musicians, conceptual thinkers, or anyone who wants to explore the practice and theory of collaboratively producing sound-based artwork in a natural environment.

Participants are invited based on completeness, timeliness, and quality of application process; demonstrated interest in the subject matter; and previous creative or applicable professional work or activities.

Diversity is encouraged, and there is no expectation of prior musicianship or sound art experience by selected participants. CAMPBIENT is a safe space for all.

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