Singing Insects Monitoring Program – Night Out In The Parks 2018

Eric Leonardson's face with Night Out In the Parks text, images, logo Become a citizen scientist with naturalist and insect tracker, Dr. Carl Strang, musician, Rob Frye on birdsongs, and a soundwalk led by me.

Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM9 PM CDT

Legion Park
3100 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago IL 60659

Free and open to the public! All welcome!

Meet at the prairie plant garden south of Bryn Mawr Avenue located between the driveway to Northside College Preparatory High School and the river. Google Map.

Visit Singing Insects Monitoring Program prior to the program to learn some of the calls we’ll be listening for!

“Soundwalks have roots in acoustic ecology, which is a field commonly associated with social sciences in the academic world. Acoustic Ecology is a multidisciplinary field that is specifically focused on sound and its relationship to aesthetics, engineering, music, science, and psychology. All these disciplines share knowledge to understand the importance of sound in terms of human communications…overall the soundwalks raise awareness of these different relationships and can provide insight to how we design our environment.” – Read more about this from last year’s Chicago Parks Foundation blog post.

My ideas about soundwalking as ecological practice are informed by a Canadian composer, Hildegard Westerkamp. You may like to read about her approach to soundwalking her new website at hildegardwesterkamp.ca or on her old site at www.sfu.ca/~westerka/writings%20page/articles%20pages/soundasecology2.html

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), established in 2009, is a membership organization dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies, while promoting public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration of natural and cultural sound environments.

Proceedings of Invisible Places 2017

The proceedings of Invisible Places 2017 | Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place were finally released last month and are free to download!

Get them in a single, exquisitely designed 685-page PDF from http://invisibleplaces.org/#proceedings.

Reflections about our workshop titled, “How do Soundwalks Engage Urban Communities in Soundscape Awareness?” was co-written with fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Board members, Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long.

Keynotes by Juhani Pallasmaa, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Sam Auinger are included along nearly 40 papers plus artists talks, soundwalks, workshops, and photos.

Invisible Places took place on 7– 9 April 2017 São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Ragdale Residency | February 2018

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The Ragdale House at sunset, photo by Eric Leonardson © 2018

The start of this new year brings a special time for peaceful reflection, planning, performing, production, and fellowship during my 25-day residency at Ragdale. This is my third residency here since 2015. Ragdale is an interdisciplinary artists’ community established in 1976 in Lake Forest, Illinois by poet Alice Judson Hayes, the granddaughter of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

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Celebrating Pauline Oliveros, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology

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Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology Volume 16 “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies Part II” cover art by Todd Birdsong (2017)

It is my great pleasure to announce that the latest edition of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology has been released by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Soundscape, Volume 16 is the second of a pair of issues sharing the theme of guest editor Jay Needham, “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies.”  This edition celebrates the life and work of Pauline Oliveros with articles by Edward Shanken, Yolande Harris, Seth Cluett, Tomie Hahn and Stephan Moore. Also included are reviews and commentary by Honna Veerkamp, Maile Colbert and Heather Contant and an extended article on augmented reality audio by Leah Barclay.  My own report touches on various WFAE activities throughout 2017 including affiliate news and endorsed events and conferences. Read more on our announcement and download the PDF.

Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

Big thanks to the Chicago Parks Foundation for posting the  June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” interview 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.

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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!