Signal Culture Cook Book

It’s a pleasure to announce publication of the Signal Culture Cook Book, an e-book showcasing media production recipes and tips from 23 artists doing experimental work in video, sound, digital and related media. Edited by Tammy McGovern, with an introduction by Gerar Edizel: “How to Make and Use a Piezoelectric Contact Mic” is my contribution described with clear illustrations and alternative applications.
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The Signal Culture Cook Book is a collection of techniques and creative practices employed by artists working in the field of media arts. Articles include real-time glitch video processing, direct laser animation on film, transforming your drawing into a fake computer, wi-fi mapping, alternative uses for piezo mics, visualizing earthquakes in real time and using swarm algorithms to compose new musical structures. There’s even a great, humorous article on how to use offline technology for enhancing your online sentience – and more!

signalculturelogosquare3Contributors to the cookbook include Atif Akin, Brett Ian Balogh, Jason Bernagozzi, Michael Betancourt, Alan Bigelow, Michael Bosworth, Angélica Piedrahita, Carl Diehl, Nicholas Economos, Jesse England, Pascale Gustin, Darius Kazemi, Eric Leonardson, Evan Merz, Ellen Pearlman, Kristin Reeves, Stephanie Rothenberg, Bill Sack, Ruth Sergel, Michael Trigilio, Lee Montgomery, Charles Woodman, and Judson Wright.

Oct. 26, New Music Chicago at Green Mill

Green Mill image(2:00pm – 5:00pm) NEW MUSIC at the GREEN MILL
Sunday October 26
2:00pm – 5:00pm
$5

New Music at the Green Mill
Sunday Matinee
New music from Jeff Kowalkowski and George Flynn
Featuring:

Eric Leonardson – Acoustic Ecology MC
George Flynn – piano
Laila Bowie – vocals
Jeff Kowalkowski – keyboards
Mark Hardy – keyboards
Julia Miller – guitar

 

Oct. 16-17, Listen(n) Symposium: Acoustic Ecologies of the American Southwest Deserts

Listen-n2:30pm MST Friday, October 17th I am giving a talk in the Listenn Symposium on Acoustic Ecologies of the American Southwest Deserts, at Arizona State University. My talk is titled, “Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening,” on the fundamental role of listening in everyday experience, the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Listen online. Presentations will stream live. Dr. Sabine Breitsameter is the keynote speaker at 6:00 pm Thursday, October 16. The full schedule is posted here.

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Water Music on the Beach

This is a postscript to mention my debut in a new role, on Sunday, September 7th, as the MC for Water Music on the Beach. Near Berger Park in Chicago, a cast of many wonderful composers and musicians performed that afternoon. This event was organized by 6018NORTH. Please visit Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology for more info.

October 2014 WFAE President’s Report

As President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) reporting for its online newsletter is one of my routine tasks. My President’s Report report for the October-December 2014 WFAE Quarterly News announces:

  1. Administrative changes on the WFAE Board
  2. Upcoming conferences
  3. Review of July’s WFAE-endorsed Invisible Places | Sounding Cities symposium in Viseu, Portugal

In addition to my report, I encourage you to visit the newsletter’s sections on WFAE member’s news, “sound bites” from afield, the feature article, the events and opportunities calendar, and research and projects. As the newsletter is a static web page, please refresh your browser to be sure you are viewing the current newsletter. Past issues are saved and available online, in the WFAE News Archive.

B3 Autumn School Spatial Sound Workshop – Frankfurt

English version see below.

Vom 29. September bis 4. Oktober findet die Autumn School des B3-Festivals in Frankfurt statt.

Als besonderes Highlight für Audio-Interessierte gibt es den Workshop “Spatial Sound”, der sich “hands on” mit den hoch innovativen Möglichkeiten von 3D-Soundgestaltung befasst.
Der Workshop findet vom 30.9.-4.10.14 jeweils ganztägig statt. Workshop-Leiter ist Eric Leonardson, Audiokünstler aus Chicago. Gearbeitet wird mit dem SpatialSound-Wave-System des Fraunhofer Instituts.
Für diesen Workshop stehen nur begrenzte Plätze zur Verfügung. Anmeldung bis spätestens 10.9.14:
Hier das Formular für die Anmeldung:

Die Kosten für Studierende, die nicht dem hFMA-Netzwerk angehören: 60€, für Young Professionals: 120€.

Dies inkludiert jeweils den Eintritt zu dem gesamten Autumn School Programm, das noch weitere interessante mediengestalterische und –künstlerische Workshop bietet.

Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten für Studierende gibt es in der Jugendherberge, die in der Nähe des Veranstaltungsorts (Städelschule) liegt:

http://www.jugendherberge.de/en/youth-hostels/frankfurt479/ShortPortraet


Sept 29 – Oct 4, 2014 the B3-Festival’s Autumn School will take place in Frankfurt.

Its Workshop “Spatial Sound” from Sept. 30-Oct 4, 2014 in Frankfurt offers a special highlight for students and young professionals related to audio.
Here, the innovative approaches of 3D-sound can be explored hands on. Workshop director is Eric Leonardson, sound artist from Chicago/SAIC. Workshop language is English. The participants will work with the new SpatialSound Wave system by Fraunhofer Institute.
The system allows to place and animate sounds precisely at their defined locations in space. It allows also the creation of soundtracks for 360°-movies (“Fulldome Cinema”).
The number of participants is limited. Registration for this workshop is open until September 10, 2014 CEST:
Fees for Students: 60€: Fees for Professionals: 120€. Students studying at an institution of the hFMA-networks in Hessen: free.
The fees include access to the complete program of the B3-Autumn School.
Accommodation can be booked at the Hostel near the Autumn School’s venue:

What’s New For July 2014

Life and art continues to keep me busy well into the summer. This July, or what remains of it has me doing:

  • WFAE President’s Report
  • World Listening Day
  • Invisible Places | Sounding Cities
  • Sounding Out! Podcast #32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition
  • Articular Facet Residency at Ragdale
  • 25 Years In Wicker Park, Moving Out

WFAE President’s Report

Every three months, in my role as the President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology,  I write a report the organization’s online newsletter. Please have a look at the July-September issue of the WFAE Quarterly News.

World Listening Day

Friday, July 18 is 2014 World Listening Day. This annual event presents several exciting activities. In Chicago, the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) and World Listening Project (WLP) are happy to have Matthew Griffin, SAIC alum and with the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology, and MSAE member, Norman W. Long leading a soundwalk in Millennium Park. Join us at the south end of the Lurie Garden, at 6:00 pm. Following the soundwalk join us for a reception at ARU studio space, 625 N. Michigan Ave. Participation is free and open to the public. Info:

Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 pm Monica Ryan leads a soundwalk in Miller Woods in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 15,000 acres of land maintained and protected by the National Park Service, who also observe World Listening Day. Meet us in the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at 100 N Lake Street, in Gary, Indiana. Parking is conveniently located across the street. Participation is free and open to the public. Please visit the WLP’s World Listening Day post to learn more about what you can do.

Podcast for Sounding Out!

Also on World Listening Day, visit the Sounding Out! sound studies blog and listen to “Sounding Out! Podcast #32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition,” a new podcast exploring the themes, concepts, and history of World Listening Day and Acoustic Ecology. This collaboration with SAIC Sound Instructor Monica Ryan and audio producer, musician Tom Haigh presents two leading figures in the field: Professor Sabine Breitsameter from Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany), Professor Barry Truax from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and Raquel Castro co-organizer of Invisible Places | Sounding Cities (Portugal).

Invisible Places | Sounding Cities

You won’t see me in Chicago for World Listening Day because I am participating in Invisible Places | Sounding Cities in Viseu, Portugal, active as an artist and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, chairing paper sessions. The symposium happens July 18–20. At its conclusion, I’m honored to perform solo on Sunday, July 20 at Misericórdia Church. Check the IPSC program to watch and listen to its live stream.

Dissecting Adam: Articular Facet Residency at Ragdale

I am performing in Julia A. Miller’s improvised opera project, Dissecting Adam on Saturday, July 26 at 4:00 pm. This one-of-a-kind opera work takes place at the Ragdale artists’ retreat in Lake Forest, Illinois.

25 Years In Wicker Park, Moving Out

I’ll try to get to this story a bit later.  :-)

On World Listening Day 2014 – Sounding Out!

sounding out! bannerI have a new post about the annual World Listening Day on the Sounding Out! sound studies blog this week.

Plus, stay tuned for a new World Listening Day podcast, created with Tom Haigh and Monica Ryan and due out this month. This podcast features Sabine Breitsameter and Barry Truax.

Reviews of “Vendlam”

My recent CDR release, “Vendlam” with Doug Van Nort and Al Margolis received a couple nice reviews this month.

On his blog, Touching Extremes, Massimo Ricci wrote, “Barely grasping the elemental matter behind these aggregations of fizzling frequencies, coughing pulses, crepitant outgrowths and tortured strings means that the artists have trapped you in the impossibility of a definition….Chaos finally triumphs, mere minutes before the end.”

In Vital Weekly #938 Frans de Waard wrote, “It was quiet in the past weeks when it comes to releases on Attenuation Circuit (although they are active with download only releases), but here’s a new release of a trio of improvisers: Al Margolis (best known as the man from If, Bwana and label-boss of Pogus Productions) on violin and synthesizer, Eric Leonardsen on springboard, which is something he built himself and he plays with cello bows and homemade friction mallets and Doug van Nort on his laptop using Greis (pronounce ‘grace’) which he built using max/msp. They performed in concert on June 8, 2013 in My Pizza Place, Poughkeepise, NY as part of the Experimental Music Showcase. This all makes somehow quite an electronic work, especially in the final, title, piece things get pretty noisy and the music seems to be an imitation of the sounds of a train getting to a grinding hold. Quite enjoyable I think. In the opening piece, ‘Mandlev’, is much milder piece in which they scratch and scrape their instruments and it slowly builds up; it seems that the laptop needs time to heat up but once he’s there, he provides a nice backing to the piece, the mortar between bricks. In between ‘Lamvend’ is the shortest and acts a sort of bridge between the longer first and third piece, of slow and low humming sound. Quite a nice one, this one. Nice to see this on a CDR, but perhaps nicer would have been to actually witness the concert? This is, however, a nice souvenir of the event itself.”