CAMPBIENT Sound Art Residency

The 44-Hour Sound Art Residency

Campbient is an annual sound art residency program sponsored by REALMOREREAL. Campbient brings together 22 participants for 44 hours to produce two, 22-minute live ambient sound recordings.

Campbient Sound Art Residency ambient music

By combining deep listening exercises, critical discourse, and collaborative sound art production, Campbient is a catalyst for both a dialogue with nature and a soundscape intervention. A selection of critical, theoretical, and technical readings on sonic arts, field recording, art praxis, and social dynamics are also part of the program.

Campbient Sound Art Residency Washington

Each Campbient takes place at a different site every year. Public lands are utilized to encourage community and inclusivity, environmental awareness, and the conflation of the social utility of art and the stewardship of the commons.

Campbient Sound Art Residency experimental music

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 praxis 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 Sound Art Residency phonography

Working within certain practical procedural guidelines, participants have free rein as to the content of the final recorded pieces, as well as organize the collaborative creative process in whatever fashion is mutually agreed upon. Recordings are made on a battery-powered, multitrack mobile recording rig with an assortment of transducers including an ambisonic microphone. Other specific limitations and parameters are site-dependent.

Campbient Sound Art Residency field recording

Campbient takes place every summer and the application process begins in spring. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed as to the application schedule and other news!

Campbient Campers 2019


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Record Release Show

March 8, 2020 several of the artists of CAMPBIENT played the record release show: