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.

Talk About for Taking the Waters | Eco Design Riverworks Chicago at SAIC

Taking the Waters | Eco Design Riverworks Chicago | School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Oct 30th – Nov 7th
33 S State Street 12th Floor

An interactive transient external partnership sound mapping and community engagement series of classes that visualize and reimagine a regenerative world.

Talk About for Taking the Waters
Monday Nov. 6
12:15 -12:45 PM, AIADO exhibit space
Eric Leonardson, SOUND; Linda Keane, AIADO
FISH Hotel Raffle to Follow
Conversation with Sound and Eco Design Students




Advances In Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape / Balance-Unbalance 2017

Watch the archived video stream here.

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

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.

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…

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


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.


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.