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.

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

An invitation to learn and explore Chicago park soundscapes.

Luna-On-TreeGreetings, I hope you’re enjoy a great summer. I’m sharing info on tomorrow morning’s soundwalk at West Ridge Nature Preserve.

TIME: 10-11:00am
DATE: Saturday, August 27
LOCATION: 5801 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

This event is free and open to all ages.

Starting at the Western Avenue entrance, our soundwalk explores the ecological restoration project that started at West Ridge in 2011, still underway. Many native species of plants and animals have returned, visibly and audibly. Meet scientists who monitor its frog population. This event is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks events. Soundwalking explores our relationship to sounds around us as listeners and creators of our soundscape.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1776938659217852/

Check out the nearby SummerSonic 2016 at ESS in the afternoon.

This soundwalk is part of series continuing through the year with Amanda Gutiérrez and Norman W. Long in other Chicago parks, all part of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)’s Soundwalks In The Parks Program, made possible by a Chicago Park District grant.

Please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

Share this and subscribe and follow MSAE on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

All the best,
Eric

Spring Fest 2016, June 10

Spring Fest

A Celebration of Citizen Science and Stewardship

Palmisano Park

Luna-On-Tree2700 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Illinois

June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM

MSAE_WATER_-01Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen to the sounds of nature, and soak in musical and theatrical performances. While enjoying the festivities, you will also learn more about opportunities to study and protect Chicago’s natural treasures.

At 6:30 I will lead a soundwalk and then participate in a panel discussion, from 7:30 to 8:30, on ecoacoustics and acoustic ecology.

I will also provide news and information about my soundscape project for The 606 Open AIR and the 2016 Soundwalks In the Parks program with Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long, supported by the Chicago Park District.

Festival located at the south entrance across from McGuane Park
(312) 747-6497 Map

Report from Balance-Unbalance 2016 in Manizales, Colombia

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Jardín Botánica in Manizales, Colombia on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Greetings! Here is some news from Balance-Unbalance in Manizales. Following my “Eco-sensing” talk on Monday, I presented briefly in a large global Live Audio Streaming Panel with Grant Smith on Wednesday. Video of the panel stream is now archived here on YouTube.

We enjoyed discussing our experiences and ideas about real time location-based audio and environmental listening with a large host of brilliant artists and researchers. It was genuinely a global panel with participants from Australia, Estonia, Korea, Japan, England, and USA.

BunB2015data-scienceThursday and Friday at the Universidad de Caldas, adjacent to the Jardín Botánica, we’re having the “Sounding Colombia” workshop led by members of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology: Scott Smallwood and Stephan Moore of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Emmanuel Galvan of the Foro Mexicano de Ecología Acústica (Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology), with Grant Smith of the UK-based Soundcamp.

Visit the Balance-Unbalance 2016 website and view the Soundscape Concert program.

Balance-Unbalance helps convene people with a great body of knowledge and ideas. We can come together again for World Listening Day: Sounds Lost and Found on Monday, July 18, and through the week of July 16th-22nd, to explore one of most important ways we have to understand and design our world, through soundscape awareness and listening.

All the best,
Eric

Balance-Unbalance 2016: Data Science + Eco Action

BunB2015data-science4:30 PM Monday, May 9, I am giving a presentation titled “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” in the Balance-Unbalance 2016: Data Science + Eco Action conference.

The 5th edition of Balance-Unbalance (BunB 2016) will be held May 9–11, 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. BunB 2016 is designed “…to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society in an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.” Continue reading

WATER WORKS! Friday-Saturday 18-20 March

waterworks2016I am one of the curators for WATER WORKS! the 2016 Waterwheel online sharing event devoted to water in its social, economic, scientific, and artistic manifestations. Over this weekend people around the world can sign in for free to host or watch events at the Tap.

My four selected works are “Railroad Storm Drain” by Christopher DeLaurenti; “Unter Grund” by Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther; “von der rheinquelle bis hafen karlsruhe | rhein_strom,” by Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek; and Jay Needham‘s “Liquesce 1.”

Our Tap is Water Works! 4, with Ricardo Dal Farra and Leah Barclay. It opens at 22:00 CDT. Again, the Tap is free to sign in and interact with anywhere in the world. Program, dates & times are posted at http://bit.ly/program-WaterWorks.

Over 150 contributors responded with a total of some 260 contributions accessible on the Waterwheel Media Centre. 22 curators assessed the contributions and will present a selection in a series of seven online panels on the Tap on 18-20 March 2016. Join the live streams at http://water-wheel.net/taps-list. 

 

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.

Pullman Soundwalk – October 3, 2015

Map of Pullman State Historic Site and National Monument where I led a soundwalk for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, on October 3, 2015. I talked with Tony Sarabia about the event on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, on September 30, 2015. My plan is to visually indicate the path we followed with GPS coordinates, on the map.