Exhibitions & Events



Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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© 2024 Steve Rowell


Steve Rowell

Radio Aporee Sound Map

2008 - ongoing

My contributed field recordings to the Radio Aporee crowd-sourced sound mapping project since 2008. Radio Aporee Maps was created in 2006 by Udo Noll, a Berlin-based media artist and sound engineer.

"The platform radio aporee is online since about 2000, the project radio aporee ::: maps has started 2006. It is a global soundmap dedicated to field recording, phonography and the art of listening. It connects sound recordings to its places of origin, in order to create a sonic cartography, publicly accessible as a collaborative project. It contains recordings from numerous urban, rural and natural environments, disclosing their complex shape and sonic conditions, as well as the different perceptions, practices and artistic perspectives of its many contributors. This makes it a valuable resource for art, education and research projects, and for your personal pleasure. In addition to aspects of collecting, archiving and sound-mapping, the radio aporee platform also invokes experiments at the boundaries of different media and public space. within this notion, radio means both a technology in transition and a narrative. It constitutes a field whose qualities are connectivity, contiguity and exchange. concepts of transmitter/ receiver and performer/ listener may become transparent and reversible."
- from the project website

Random selection from the 250+ recordings I’ve cotributed to date (click red dot to play):

Farewell to Fogo Island Ferry Ramp Chip Stand
Humming billboard at chip stand parking lot
(Steven Rowell 24.07.2012 18:45 America/St_Johns, 1:27min., more details... )

Humming billboard at chip stand parking lot during a windy afternoon. Witnessed / tickled by while waiting for the slowpoke ferry to Fogo Island with Priyanka Basu, Robin Simpson, Chris Kabel, and Willem de Rooij.   

A sampling of my recordings over the years:

02.12.2019 17:30, Mississippi River overlook South Memphis, TN, USA: mississippi-river-barges-birds-camerashutters
09.10.2019 15:54, Riverview Dairy Morris MN USA: industrial dairy exhaust fans
06.10.2018 08:31, 3927 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111: October 06 2018 thunderstorms binaural mic
22.09.2018 15:04, tallgrass prairie preserve, KS 66869, USA: insect chorus 1 tallgrass prairie preserve
21.09.2018 21:02, 4729 Swartz Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106, USA: Santa Fe KS railyards 20180920
07.06.2018 10:20, Zervreila Staumauer, 7132 Vals, Switzerland: a walk through the power plant and inside of the Zervreila Staumauer (dam)
20.05.2017 15:17, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK: Rainstorm at Magdalen Meadow
01.01.2017 15:55, RSPB Otmoor, UK: Starling murmuration Jan 1 2017
06.11.2016 14:55, Bullingdon Rd, Oxford, UK: Drizzly day in 5 channels
24.10.2016 18:23, Fir Tree Pub, Oxford, UK: Rat Arsed Blokes at the Fir Tree
07.10.2016 10:18, Fiddlers Elbow, Oxfordshire, UK: Sandford Weir along River Thames
03.07.2016 13:30, East Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA: Lunch at Sqirl
24.06.2016 11:25, Amazon Fulfillment, Moreno Valley, CA, USA: Amazon Fulfillment Center ONT6
05.08.2015 15:49, KCBX Petcoke Terminal, Chicago, IL, USA: Rail Cars Unloading Fresh Petcoke as heard on the River
16.09.2015 15:32, Potash Corp, Hamilton County, FL, USA: Drag Line Scraping Phosphate From the Earth
09.09.2015 15:50, Route 66, Claremont, CA, USA: Heat lightning 105 degrees
05.06.2015 10:33, Bauhaus Archive, Berlin, Germany: Cluster of sparrow nests beneath roof
14.04.2015 16:38, Experimental Field, Kings County, CA, USA: Whirring Sulfuric Acid Pump
20.02.2015 10:52, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA: US Navy jets above quietest place in the US 1
29.01.2015 06:25, Vandenberg Space Launch Complex, VAFB, California: Countdown to scrubbed SMAP satellite launch
05.09.2014 20:30, Neutra VDL House, Los Angeles: DDR film night
13.11.2013 16:10, National Rifle Association Museum, Fairfax, VA: Heaving at the NRA shooting gallery exhibit
19.07.2013 22:00, Sikh Wedding, Elmhurst, IL, USA: Sikh Wedding thunderstorm
08.07.2013 00:10, Log Cabin, Seal Cove, ME, USA: Midnight loons and bullfrogs at Seal Cove Pond
24.05.2013 09:56, Clam Lake, WI, USA: Former site of US Navy ELF antenna array
05.05.2013 16:30, Hi-Crush Proppant Frac Sand mine, Wyeville, WI, USA: Hi-Crush Frac Sand extraction and loading
18.04.2012 10:53, MCAGCC Twenty Nine Palms, Twentynine Palms, CA, USA: Simulation Iraqi village Twentynine Palms
04.03.2012 15:42, CLUI Desert Research Station, Hinkley, CA, USA: Desert Resonator aeolian harp at the CLUI Desert Research Station
23.03.2012 13:11, NSA NCM Fort George G. Meade, Laurel, MD 20724, USA: Vocoder Exhibit at NSA's National Cryptologic Museum
08.12.2011 15:10, Giant Windchime Array on Danube Island
21.11.2011 11:05, Teleportation Site, Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria: Sewer pump generator at Danube Island Teleportation Site
05.10.2011 14:40, Kodak Effluent Outfall Rochester, NY, USA: Kodak Chemical Effluent Plant Genesee River
27.02.2011 11:29, Svalbard Global Seed Vault utility tunnel
04.11.2010 16:34, Library of Congress, Jefferson Bldg
07.09.2010 11:36, Stasi Archive, Halle-Neustadt
15.06.2010 14:21, Otterburn Artillery Range - mortar fire at Ridleeshope
15.04.2009 15:59, Sound mirrors at Dungeness - flooded quarry / waterfowl preserve: Denge sound mirrors - edit - 02apr2009
14.04.2009 19:57, G20 protest - tent village on Bishopsgate: G20 protest - drummers, more helicopters
14.04.2009 18:27, Sound installation in creaky, wind-blown tower on Samphire Hoe - new land from Chunnel tailings
07.03.2009 12:13, Vogelsang, Zehdenick, Germany: Birdsong code at Vogelsang abandoned Soviet nuclear base
08.03.2009 19:46, CLUI Houston yard and shoreline with industrial EMF buzz
20.12.2008 13:11, future spaceport
03.06.2008 13:24, Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
21.02.2008 19:22, Grackle fiesta @ popular taqueria, Houston, TX, USA: Grackle fiesta @ popular taqueria, Kirby Dr @ US-59

Real-time back up of all recordings at