Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley | Interview on World Listening Day

Soundscapes With Stephen McCauley delivers a mix of contemporary classical, electronica, ambient and acoustic music.

12 July 2017 Stephen McCauley interviewed me about World Listening Day 2017 and its theme, “Listening to the ground.” Listen online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055v6x8 until August 9, 2017

His show, “Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley” is broadcast on weeknights on BBC Radio Ulster/Radio Foyle (Northern Ireland). It features various genres of popular music with a brief interlude featuring a field recording mixed in with music. My interview appear approximately 10 minutes into the show. It includes a field recording I made in Bremen, Germany in 2015.

“Listening to the ground” is the theme devised by Pauline Oliveros who passed last Thanksgiving Day at age 84. As a well-known woman pioneer of electronic music composition, improviser, teacher, and founder of Deep Listening, she was a friend and inspiration to many of us. Learn how to participate in World Listening Day 2017 at http://www.worldlisteningproject.org/2017/01/world-listening-day-2017-listening-to-the-ground/

Stephen invites listeners to contact him about sending your soundscape recordings to air on his show.

Sound + Environment University of Hull | The Frequent Listener

I am excited to be at University of Hull, UK for the Sound + Environment 2017 conference taking place from 29 June to 2 July. It brings together “artists and scientists to examine the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of environments.” On Saturday, 1 July it is my privilege and honor to premiere a new work titled The Frequent Listener.

I look forward to meeting many World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) members at the conference, and its two internationally renowned keynote speakers, Chris Watson and Leah Barclay. Continue reading

Farm-to-Fork Dinner Waste Not, Want Not on May 18

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Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross, Research photograph for A Great Green Desert, 2016.

I am serving up some sounds for a special dinner on Thursday, a part of the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide. Nourish your body and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago IL

Sorry, the RSVP has closed. Please see the exhibition and consider attending the upcoming forum, This Land/That Land Symposium.

The dinner will explore topics of food waste and our collective relationship to agriculture. Nourish your body with a farm-to-fork prepared meal by Chef Abra Berens and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. More…

Framework Radio #561 the World Listening Day Episode

framework radio #561 WLD 2016So much was happening on World Listening Day last week I couldn’t find time to mention that extracts of one my field recordings are included in framework radio episode #561. Below are words about framework and my recording.

Framework radio is a weekly internationally broadcast program on phonography and field recording. It has been produced by Patrick McGinley since 2002 and is available for listening online as well as downloadable podcast. As World Listening Day is on R. Murray Schafer’s birthday, this episode features parts of his “Winter Diary” broadcast on Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR) and the Vancouver Soundscape recordings. Among other recordings are those by eminent nature sound recordists and arts, including Dan Dugan, Jeremy Hegge, and Ricardo Huisman. Some of these recordings are on Udo Noll’s annual “audio snapshot” of the world specially made of field recordings uploaded on the at the aporee soundmap for World Listening Day. Continue reading

Performance: Ritual Objects, Central Sounds | The Art Institute of Chicago

“Ritual Objects – Central Sounds” – A Sonic Ceremony
July 14, 2016
6:00PM–7:00PM
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, The Art Institute of Chicago
Free with museum admission; registration required
In this performance I will combine field recordings from Chicago soundscapes with live and recorded sounds by Aurelio, a musician, educator, ethno-musicologist, researcher, sound designer, and sound healer.

Using archaic, contemporary, and invented instruments, artist Aurelio leads an immersive and participatory sonic ceremony recalling the journeys taken by objects featured in Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection.

About the Artist:
Through his extensive travels and studies all around the world, Aurelio has become a noted pioneer in the development and manufacture of innovative musical instruments, whether it be simple inviting instruments for beginners, or instruments specially designed for use in sound healing. He is the Creative Director of SVARAM Musical Instruments, Vocational Training and Research Station.

Watch a performance by Aurelio.

 

Singing Insects Monitoring Program – Night Out In The Parks 2016

NOITP_flyer-1Please join me for a soundwalk with Carl Strang’s Singing Insects Monitoring Program, starting at 7 PM Friday, June 24 at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60646.

Limited places are available. Please contact singinginsects@gmail.com or 312-741-5472 or register on Eventbrite for Friday’s Soundwalk at North Park Village Nature Center.

My soundwalk is part of series starting this week, with Amanda Gutiérrez and Norman W. Long who lead soundwalks in other Chicago parks, all part of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)’s Soundwalks In The Parks Program, across Chicago for the Night Out In The Parks 2016 series.

Schedule with links to Facebook invitations:

Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 pm, with Amanda Gutierrez (Spanish/English), in partnership with ElevArte in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. Chicago, IL 60608
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.

microcentrum-spFriday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60646
Meet at Lodge. Limited openings. Please sign up on Eventbrite, or email singinginsects@gmail.com or call 312-550-6150. Share this FB Event.

Saturday, June 25, 4-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.

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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

Water-wheel Water Works! 4 Presentation

Archived on the Water-wheel, my presentation for Water Works! 4 on March 18, 2016.

Watch and listen to my co-curators’ Leah Barclay and Ricardo Dal Farra presentations. All presentations are archived at Water-wheel Media Centre.

I presented works by Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther, Jay Needham, Christopher DeLaurenti, and Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek. More details posted here.

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.