On Earth Day, turn on the radio and connect to the twenty-four-hour cycle of sounds from a Saturna Island wetland

Slow Radio Broadcast, Sunday, April 22, 4 am to Monday, April 23, 7 am.

Presented by Vancouver Co-operative Radio and CRES Media Arts Committee with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Vancouver

Wetland Project 2018

Celebrate Earth Day 2018 by joining the second annual Wetland broadcast on Sunday, April 22. Connect your everyday activities to the circadian rhythm of a Saturna Island, British Columbia marsh. The voices of creatures—frogs, birds, insects and more—take over the airwaves for this twenty-four-hour experience in “slow radio” created and produced by multidisciplinary artists Brady Marks and Mark Timmings with technical assistance from Emmy-nominated recording engineer Eric Lamontagne. Tune in via participating campus and community radio stations across Canada, or stream the soundscape online in sync with your local time, from anywhere in the world. Tweet @wetlandproject to add your voice to the interactive online stream.

Vancouver Co-operative Radio’s broadcast of the wetland soundscape on Earth Day last year became the longest continuous radio transmission in Canadian history. Co-op Radio listeners embraced the ambient format which layered their experience of time with the circadian rhythm of the wetland wilderness. The broadcast went global for over a thousand more online listeners. The soundscape was superimposed on vernacular spaces—city buses, hair salons and pubs. Listener feedback was unanimous, positive and enthusiastic.

The Wetland Project commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the World Soundscape Project and the idea of “wilderness radio” proposed by WSP associate Bruce Davis in 1975. In Davis’s words, it would be “a radio service which ‘listens in’ rather than broadcasts out.’” Four decades later the Wetland broadcast realizes his vision.