the 9 th

[Listen to the original announcement]

Be prepared for the 9th of the 9th

have your audio recording equipment ready
and inform9 of your friends to do the same
as on 9/9/99 at 9 AM and 9 PM local time
we'll all make a local audio snapshot
of our world as it sounds today.

On the 9th of the 9th 1999 at 9 AM and 9 PM local time
we would like you to take a 9 minute
accoustical snapshot of the local soundscape.
That is a sound recording of your immediate environment...

Simple enough

Whoever you are, where ever you are
(at home, at work, on the move),
just open your window and place your microphones
in such a way that they will capture your soundscape.
Although we do prefer CDR or MD, any recording format (including cassette or video) will do ofcourse. You can even write down your description of the soundscape.

Start your recorder

on the 9th of the 9th 1999 at 9 o'clock in the morning local time.
For the human reference, count form 1 to9in your native language.
Then wait for 9 minutes to pass, then stop the recording.
Repeat the same procedure at 9 o'clock in the evening.

Label your cassette

or disk, or tape with the following information.
1)  the coordinates of your location where the recording were made.
That could be in the form of Country, City, Street and/or GPS.
2)  the type of recording equipment and microphones used.

Please put this information also on the envelope
in which you send your recording.

Send the recording

(you pay for postage) to:
1000 AA Amsterdam

If you wish you can also tell us your name, gender, age
and anything you believe is worthwhile to know
about the place you just recorded.

Why it is special, or why not. Why you like it, or why not.
While recording you don't need to be silent,
just behave as you would normally.
Just record as if you wouldn't record it.
The sound of everyday life as everyday life sounds.


Do you remember what your own place sounded like 9 years ago?
You will in 9 years time.
By taking a snapshot now, we can refer to it later.
All recordings will be archived, indexed and available for reference.


forward this message to 9 of your friends.
Thank you for taking part.
Have a 9th day!

Listen Back

Following the event Floris van Manen made a radio documentary about the9th project.
It was broadcasted on dutch national public radio in the year 2000.
RST, het Ruisen van de Stilte in de Tijd (RST, the Ringing of Silence in Time).
In that audio essay samples of the the9th project are included.
You can listen online via this link.