The Project

Our Mission

EXPLORE  the science of sound
CHANGE  the way the world listens
INSPIRE  curiosity, learning and innovation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math)


In 2011, we launched development of the JUSTLISTENPROJECT: a global education initiative about the science of sound and the art of listening. The project features a 3D IMAX® / giant screen film, citizen science activities, and live streaming audio from rainforests and other ecosystems around the world. The film will be distributed to science museums worldwide in 2014 and stars Grammy Award-winning percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who happens to be deaf (and recently performed in 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies).

Acoustic researchers are producing cutting-edge technologies and making discoveries that promise to change how we listen to and understand the world around us. The JUSTLISTENPROJECT will be the first to illuminate some of these advances for the public using giant-screen cinema, social media, and mobile apps—tools that make learning about science fun for people of all ages.

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My goal is to teach the world to listen.
- Dame Evelyn Glennie

Project Highlights
  • 3D IMAX® / Giant Screen Film
  • Live Streaming from Endangered Ecosystems
  • Grammy Award-Winning Percussionist, Evelyn Glennie
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Mobile Apps
  • World Ear Citizen Science Project
  • Online Science Course for middle and high school students
  • Webisodes/Behind-the-Scenes
  • Live Events
Unique Collaborations

Science museums worldwide, Perkins School for the Blind, Purdue University,
VHS Collaborative, prominent scientists, award-winning production team, and more!

Social, Mobile & More

The film will be bolstered by a social media campaign, mobile apps, webisodes, citizen science activities, and live events. These powerful experiences will be designed to change the way we listen and inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

What Theaters Are Saying

Music, sound, and science are an explosive combination for giant screen theaters. Audiences around the world will love Evelyn Glennie and the film’s incredible acoustic tales. They will never use their ears in the same way ever again.

-Ingrid Lae, Manager IMAX Theatres Operations
Science World, Vancouver, BC

The Just Listen film provides the perfect recipe for fun and education! It is sure to entertain and enlighten our audience. We look forward to a film that unlocks the mysteries of sound... and inspires interest in STEM.

-Charlotte Brohi, VP IMAX Operations and Production
Houston Museum of Natural Science