‘Our Sonic Playground’ Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

My research article on urban soundscape awareness for the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is now available online. “‘Our Sonic Playground’: A model for active engagement in urban soundscapes” is part of special section that “…engages with the idea of activating a ‘sonic turn’ in urban cultural studies scholarship, in part through the evocation of the paradigm of critical and participatory citizenship, as well as through critical approaches to understanding how sound and music are implicated in the texture of a city….”
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Soundscape of the city is about more than decibels – Chicago Tribune

Last week, I enjoyed a nice chat with Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin. Here’s his article on the positive function of sound in the design and experience of urban spaces.

To summarize, rather than bemoaning excessive noise in the city, acoustic ecology studies how sounds function to mediate communication of individuals within their environment. This understanding requires both art and science.

Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park

Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park, Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Walker

With it we are able to consider the consequences of our actions, be they in the design and construction of our environment, transportation, entertainment, or other endeavors.

Bison Herd at Crane Trust, Platte River

This American Bison herd lives at the Crane Trust and is one of the few that are genetically pure. Researchers are studying their restorative ecological role for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River, in Nebraska. We observed them during the Grassland Soundscapes Workshop, organized by the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network (on Facebook) on July 13-18.

I recorded this four days before World Listening Day 2015. This year’s theme was “H2O.” For the workshop I gave a talk on “Way of Listening” with a group of over 20 participating engineers, scientists, and artists interested in soundscape ecology.

World Listening Day 2015 Taylor & Francis Offer

WORLD LISTENING DAY 2015For World Listening Day 2015 Taylor & Francis is offering a limited time free downloads of my article “Sound and Listening: Beyond the Wall of Broadcast Sound” http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19376529.2015.1015874

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GSSN Grassland Soundscapes Workshop

On July 12–18 I am participating in the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network Grasslands Soundscape Workshop, beginning at the Crane Trust, 98 miles west of Lincoln, NE. I participate in a roundtable with Chris Bocast on performance strategies, and Friday afternoon we are in Sioux Falls, SD where I give a talk on “ways of listening.” GSSN started in 2011 with the core aim of “…bringing together ecologists (landscape ecologists and conservation biologists), acoustic ecologists (from the creative arts) and acousticians and psychoacousticians (scientists that study sound and how people perceive sound) to coordinate studies in diverse soundscapes around the world.” Saturday, July 18 is also World Listening Day 2015 H2O. I hope to engage participants in its virtual symposium with Water Wheel and Biosphere Soundscapes.

Episode 19: Eric Leonardson

Standing in the Stream, Hosted by John Lane: Episode 19

This episode features a conversation with prolific Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Eric Leonardson. We chatted about his work as an instrument inventor/improvisor, his history with experimental theater in Chicago, and acoustic ecology.

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Listening Around The Corner: Now Online

To Co Zni Za Rohem / Listening Around The Corner

For those who were unable to attend, here is the archived audio from the Listening Around the Corner mini-symposium on Thursday, June 18 at Galerie Tranzitdisplay.

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June 14: Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening, Lecture at DKSG