SIRENS 2012 is the code name for a project based in the sound of the Dutch civil defense sirens system. This system consists in around 4200 sirens placed all across the country and tested regularly, resonating in unison exactly at 12:00 every first Monday of the month.
The first step is to gather recordings of the monthly sirens tests with an open call, so we would like to ask everybody to contribute with recordings of any of the 12 tests that will happen throughout 2011. The simple goal is to collect as many recordings every month as possible, allowing us to map this large scale event from a variety of locations.
Outcomes of the project are still to be defined and will also depend of the received materials, consisting primarily in work derived of the archive of recordings made over this one-year period. Results will emerge likely at the end of 2011, celebrating the arrival of 2012 and embracing whatever revelations and transformative changes (apocalyptical or not) the new year may bring.
Sirens test, Nov 2009 at Bezuidenhout, The Hague.
Please, forward this call to any of your Netherlands based contacts potentially willing to participate.
Find below the details about how to contribute your recordings.
SIRENS 2012 : Contribution guidelines
– Recordings in any location within the country in all sorts of environments and situations are welcome, as far as the sound of the sirens is audible in the recording. It is encouraged to record as well a couple of minutes before and after the sirens sound itself.
– There are no technical limitations neither special requirements. Use any sort of recorder (handheld, laptop, etc) and transducer/microphones you have at hand.
– Please, send uncompressed audio (AIFF/WAVE) or lossless (FLAC). Not compressed formats (MP3, OGG).
– Use any online storage system of your choice to submit the recordings (any FTP server or services such as Yousendit, Megaupload, Dropbox, etc).
Anyway, there is a Dropbox account available for the project which can be used to upload your recordings.
Log in data (please note: its not needed to download the dropbox application in order to upload files):
– Once the files are uploaded, send an email to sirens2012[AT]gmail[DOT]com, including:
* Your name and contact info.
* Name of the file (and download link in case it is not stored in the project´s Dropbox).
* Date and location of the recording (address, a well-known landmark, GPS coordinates, Google Maps…).
* Recording equipment used (mic and recorder).
* (Optional) Any comments and personal impressions about the sound of the sirens.
(Files will be removed from the dropbox account as soon as I receive the submission email and download the files).
– If you feel like contributing throughout the year but feel unsure about being able to remember about it every month, drop us a line and you will be sent a monthly reminder the day before each of the siren tests.
– Every contributor will be included in the credits of the project. All the recordings and as well the derived works will be under copyleft (using a Creative Commons 3.0 license), granting the rights to be shared and reused. Submitting recordings implies that you agree with this license.
– Comments, feedback and questions: sirens2012[AT]gmail[DOT]com