Sonified Sustainability: Six Soundwalks on April 27 & 28

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Ecology and the arts are focus of Sonified Sustainability Festival

Sonified Sustainability Festival starts April 20 at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. On April 27 I will lead three soundwalks in Meadowbrook Park and three on April 28 at Busey Woods.

For Illinois News Bureau Arts blog Jodi Heckel wrote:

The festival will conclude with soundwalks in two Urbana parks. Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, will lead walks at Meadowbrook Park and Busey Woods to encourage participants to listen more deeply to the soundscapes of their environments. Leonardson is a performer, composer and sound designer, and a professor of sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The soundwalks will take place at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. April 27-28. The April 27 walks are at Meadowbrook Park and the April 28 walks are at Busey Woods. They are free, but tickets are required and the walks are limited to 25 people each.

Read the full article. Among the festival’s featured artists are Cooper-Moore, Terry Dame, Geoff Gersh, Bradford Reed who all perform on unique, handmade instruments.

Sonified Sustainability events are open to the public, free admission, and suitable for all ages. Check out the full list of programs.

Invisible Places 2017

On Friday, April 8 Amanda Gutierrez and I led a workshop entitled How do soundwalks engage urban communities in soundscape awareness? for Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. With Norman W. Long in Chicago, fellow teaching artist who led soundwalks in our Soundwalks In the Parks last year, contributing, Amanda and I provided ideas and, of course, a soundwalk. A productive discussion discussion concluded the workshop. My colleague from Berlin, Antonella Radicchi posted an excellent text and images about the overall conference experience, including our workshop, and her presentation on the Hush City app, “…developed to empower local communities to identify, map and evaluate quietness on their neighborhoods.”

soundwalk workshop listening

Eric Leonardson leads workshop participants in “Ear Cleaning” exercise in preparation for the soundwalk. Photo by Amanda Gutierrez, 2017

Amanda and I will post our own workshop report for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Chicago ‘Soundwalks’ Ask You To Stop Talking And Listen To Your City | DNAinfo

WFAE, New Journal, New Website

On February 1, 2017 it was my great pleasure to introduce the new issue of a newly formatted WFAE Quarterly News announcing the launch of the organization’s rebuilt website, an active blog, and the publication of the WFAE’s first digital journal, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Volume 15.

Sound Performance with Softday at High Concept Labs

Tonight I am happy and honored to join the sound art duo Softday from Ireland in their first Chicago visit and live sound performance.

  • Friday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • High Concept Labs
    2233 S. Throop Street, Chicago, IL
  • $10  Buy Now

The event is held in collaboration with High Concept Labs and will take place in their studios at Mana Contemporary (2233 S. Throop, Chicago, IL). Entrance and parking is on the east side of the building. For questions regarding accessibility, please call 312-850-0555.

Soundwalk In Ryerson Woods | Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Brushwood Logo.smallAn invitation to Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s next soundwalk in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
847.968.3343
info@brushwoodcenter.org

$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.

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On this soundwalk I will be engage participants in their experience of the wooded soundscape, and making a sound map of the place, bounded by the Des Plaines River and River Woods Road. A soundwalk, as I offered in this piece, may be conducted in many different ways.

The short “What is a soundwalk?” video offers a media introduction on this practice.

Listening ahead, the final three soundwalks in Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s 2016 Night Out In the Parks series happen in December, in these parks on these dates, with these teaching artists:

  • Washington Park, Saturday, December 11 led by Norman W. Long
  • West Ridge Nature Preserve, Saturday, December 18 led by Eric Leonardson
  • Garfield Park Conservatory, Wednesday, December 21 led by Amanda Gutierrez

Please visit Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology exact times, details. To receive email updates, subscribe to my newsletter. Thanks!

Invisible Places 2017 Call For Submissions

The deadline for the 2017 Invisible Places is November 30, 2016. Its focus is sound, urbanism, sense of place, and acoustic ecology. Submit your papers, proposals for artistic residencies, workshops and soundwalks via EasyChair.

The conference dates are April 7–9, and location is Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

Keynote speakers are Hildegard Westerkamp and Sam Auinger.

Along with meeting wonderful artists and architects, engaging science and society, in the first iteration of Invisible Places in 2014, I served on the international scientific committee and performed solo in the medieval cathedral in Viseu, Portugal, itself a charming place. It was an moving experience and expect the same next year. I hope you will come and participate, too!

Video: What is a soundwalk?

Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

What is a soundwalk? from amanda gutierrez on Vimeo.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.

We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

An invitation to new music performances and explorations of Chicago park soundscapes.

I’m happy to share a bundle of news about my fall season events, starting this week!

These include debut performance of the Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio and soundwalks hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Night Out in the Parks 2016 Partner. Here’s a list. I hope you will join us, listen, share, and enjoy.

Upcoming Performances and Events

This week and next, two concerts debut the new Eric Leonardson Springboard Trio featuring Guillermo Gregorio (b♭ clarinet) and Carol Genetti (voice, objects) with yours truly (springboard, electronics).

Friday, Oct 14 7-8:00 PM at William Harris Lee & Co. in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 560. The entrance is to your right as you step out of the elevator. Following our set is another by Ampyre (Mimi Wallman and George Matt Bowles) at 8-9:00 PM. Admission free. Facebook Event

Thursday, Oct 20 7:30-8:30 PM Sudden Sound Concert at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois. Admission free.

Friday, Oct 21 Leading soundwalks and listening exercises for public school children with Deirdre Harrison of The Lucky Trikes and Jason Finkelman. This is a prelude to the Sonified Sustainability Fest 2017 happening next spring in Champaign-Urbana.

Sunday, Oct 23 1:00 pm–2:00 PM Fusion at Hinsdale Public Library, “a signature event…to open eyes and minds,” finds me presenting the Springboard and handmade electronic instruments.

Soundwalks In The Parks

This year, Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and I are leading lead soundwalks for Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) in Chicago parks across the city. With support of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program, MSAE is partnering with the World Listening Project, West Ridge Park Advisory Council, EleVarte Community Studio, and Yollocalli Arts Research, among others. Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information. Please use #MyChiParks and #InTheParks hashtags for social media sharing.
download & share NOITP 8.5x11 soundwalk flier (PDF)

Saturday, Oct 29 3:30–5:00 pm MSAE Soundwalk in Washington Park, 740 E. 56th Place. With Norman W. Long, meet in the Sculpture Garden at DuSable Museum.

Wednesday, Nov 2 7:00–8:00 pm MSAE Soundwalk in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. With Amanda Gutiérrez*, meet at Fieldhouse. Celebrating Dia de Muertos with ElevArte Community Studio.

Sunday, Nov 20 MSAE Soundwalk Brushwood Center/Ryerson Woods. Details TBA.

Dec 11 1-2:00 PM MSAE Soundwalk West Ridge Nature Preserve, with Eric Leonardson. More info TBA.

Dec 17 MSAE Soundwalk Washington Park, with Norman W. Long. More info TBA.
In closing, I would also like to mention Norman’s post-World Listening Day, personal reflection on the importance of soundwalks, in soundscape awareness and placemaking.
I hope to see you some of the events. If you would like to book a performance by me or the trio, host a soundwalk, or subscribe to my newsletter, let me know. Thanks!

Kind regards,
Eric

September 7, Nature on Tap! The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night

Nature on Tap

Join me for a soundwalk exploring our summer soundscape at night at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, for Nature on Tap! Fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) members and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students will perform their nature-inspired music.

6-9:00 PM Wednesday, September 7

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and local musicians KG Price (percussion), Jen Hill (cello), Frank Harrer (invented instruments), and Christopher Preissing (flute) will engage you in their nature inspired music.

This month’s theme: The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night

This event, one of the monthly Nature on Tap series, is a chance to explore the museum kids free. Stroll through the exhibits, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, with a craft beer or a glass of wine. Bring your friends and enter the trivia competition or play board games while you listen to live music. Meet some of our resident animals at a live critter connection.