2021 WINNERS & SHORTLISTS

Listen to this mix, featuring all of the shortlisted submissions playing at once, by Matthew Herbert:

 

All 2021 Shortlisted Sounds Played at OnceMatthew Herbert
00:00 / 07:49

Winner announced on 18th April on BBC RADIO 4 

SOUND OF THE YEAR

A sound that captures 2021

BEST NATURALLY
OCCURRING SOUND

A sound that occurs without human impact and was captured in the last 12 months

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DISAPPEARING SOUND

A sound that is unlikely to be heard in the future, but that is worth saving

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BEST DESIGNED INDIVIDUAL SOUND

An excellent individual sound created or recorded for a TV show, film, game or other media

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MOST UNPLEASANT SOUND

A sound this year that has caused significant distress

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BEST INNOVATION IN A SOUND TOOL OR TECHNIQUE

An award for a tool or piece of technology that has impressed this year, and has made working with sound result in a greater experience

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BEST SOUND INNOVATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Recognising a new technology, appliance, or technique made public in the last year, that has improved how the sound of something is experienced in everyday life

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COMPOSED WITH SOUND

An award to celebrate a composition that has been made predominantly using recorded sound rather than musical or electronic instruments 

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BEST IMAGINED SOUND

An award for someone that can describe a compelling sound that doesn't exist yet

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BEST CLASSROOM SOUNDSCAPE

Inviting classes of children to imitate, using their voices, bodies, and materials around them, an audio recording hosted on a SOTYA collection on the Minute of Listening website

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