Reveil 2019

REVEIL relays the sounds of live open microphones operated by streamers located all over the globe, spanning formal research to domestic projects and one-off broadcasts. Starting on the morning of Saturday 4th May just before daybreak near the Greenwich Meridian, the Reveil broadcast will pick up these feeds one by one, tracking the sunrise west from microphone to microphone, following the wave of intensified sound that loops the earth every 24 hours at first light.

  • Reveil broadcast starts: 5AM London time on Saturday 4 May 2019
  • ends: 6AM on Sunday 5 May 2019

Our stream contributes sounds from the land, sky and sea at Flaws’ Pier in Stromness, Orkney. The continuous bass sound in this clip is MV Hamnavoe, berthed overnight in the harbour. Above this we hear sparrows, starlings, gulls, and rooks around the rooftops, and eider ducks in the shallows of low tide.

Further links

Reveil project
Reveil broadcast
Locustream mics
Our setup
Our stream


Enormous thanks to Nicol and Mark Summers (Pier 44) for cooperating with my home-stream idea, to Grant at Soundtent for welcoming us to the project, to Martin Clarke for audio equipment and advice, and to Alan Leitch at the Stromness RSPB office for background info on Orkney shoreline birds.

Amy Beeston