Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

I thank the Chicago Parks Foundation for the interview and post on June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” highlighting the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Night Out In the Parks soundwalk series, employing local teaching artists with support of the Chicago Park District.

I describe how our thematically-focused soundwalks can serve as immersive, mindful ways to entertain, research, and discover a rich variety of meanings and interrelationships in one’s soundscape.

Soundwalks are free events, held across Chicago by various artists who have relationships with music, dance, socially engaged art and technology, black history, citizen science, nature, and landscape architecture. Teaching artists, many who are alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  have their own relationships with the residents of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and with local staff and volunteers, actively engage residents in the care and use of these parks. Given our focus on the ecological practice of soundwalking and listening, residents gain a unique and enhanced understanding of their soundscape that builds deeper relationships with individuals and community.

Illinois News: Soundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environments

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Chicago-based audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks this week as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made. Photo by David Zuchowski

On April 26, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news posted this well-written online article by Jodi Heckel about my public soundwalks in Urbana parks, all part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival. Thanks go to Jason Finkelman and the Student Sustainability Committee for their interest and support. In coming months look for a video documenting the festival’s artists and their performances. Portion of this will include the Springboard and my concert at Krannert Art Museum with Carol Genetti and Guillermo Gregorio last October.

 

Sonified Sustainability: Six Soundwalks on April 27 & 28

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.

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.

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!

Land Lines | World Listening Day 2016 | Nature Conservancy of Canada

WLD2016logo-3Today my piece about World Listening Day 2016 posted on Land Lines, the blog of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

This year’s theme is “Sounds Lost and Found.” It was devised by Nigerian sound artist, Emekah Ogboh who discussed this earlier today in the #SoundCon x #WLD2016 virtual symposium. This and many other cogent presentations from around the world are archived on the SoundCon.org YouTube Live platform. Read about my own 606 Soundscape project on the Bloomingdale Trail.

Land Lines offers thought-provoking reads about research and discoveries in the conservation field. Interested in contributing? Email landlines@natureconservancy.ca.

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, June 6-8

Tuesday, June 7, I am giving a presentation in the Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, held June 6-8 at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016 will bring together scientists from around the world for an in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of ecoacoustics research and development. Sessions at this year’s conference will feature:

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  • Ecoacoustics Environment
    • Tropical
    • Fresh Water
    • Marine
    • Terrestrial
  • Ecoacoustics Impact
    • Health
    • Analytics
    • Community/Species Impact

Titled after the course I co-taught with Lindsey French in fall 2015, “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” serves as a teaching resource blending ideas and practices of acoustic ecology with the DIY hacking aesthetic of new media in a post-secondary art school curriculum.

Our course blog provides a curricular resource for you to explore and implement, and an outlet for our students’ work.

Sound Department Colloquium Series – Feb 25

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Scene from “SoundTent At Camp Sherwin,” a dawn chorus transmission event with The Radius (Episode 63), on May 2, 2015.

SOUND DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM SERIES

SPRING 2016

ERIC LEONARDSON
Thursday, Feb. 25th,
4.15 p.m.

Room 522,
112 S Michigan

This presentation open to all School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students, staff, and faculty.

Find the poster (PDF) here.

Extreme Weather Exhibition

extremeweatherMy Radius Episode 63, “SoundTent at Camp Sherwin” (2015) was among the works featured in EXTREME WEATHER, an exhibition at Murmur Gallery, Atlanta, from December 3 – 28, 2015, curated by Meredith Kooi.

EXTREME WEATHER received very favorable reviews, including this one in Burn Away. Continue reading