Part two of my “How-to” primer for Land Lines, the Nature Conservancy of Canada blog, offers some practical considerations and inspiration in doing your own soundwalks. Online resources are included. My hope is that anyone who is even a bit interested will not only read it, but do it. That’s the only way to begin to know what a soundwalk is and why it’s helpful.
In this two-part piece for Land Lines, the Nature Conservancy of Canada blog, I provide a “How to” primer with resources, personal experiences, and suggested techniques.
As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a method of inquiry, a call to action or a meditation. Soundwalks can play multiple roles all at once or shift intents from moment to moment.
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.
As a prelude to the MSAE’s Pullman National Monument soundwalk, at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 3, here’s the recording of my appearance on WBEZ’s “The Morning Shift.” I talk with Tony Sarabia about ambient sounds in the city and the value of listening.
Having a few minutes to discuss a so fundamentally important part of everyday experience really helps to raise critical awareness about our soundscapes and life in the city. I thank the show’s producer, Dan Tucker for taking note and using Chicago Public Radio to help us gain a sense of what acoustic ecology does.
This American Bison herd lives at the Crane Trust and is one of the few that are genetically pure. Researchers are studying their restorative ecological role for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River, in Nebraska. We observed them during the Grassland Soundscapes Workshop, organized by the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network (on Facebook) on July 13-18.
I recorded this four days before World Listening Day 2015. This year’s theme was “H2O.” For the workshop I gave a talk on “Ways of Listening” with a group of over 20 participating engineers, scientists, and artists interested in soundscape ecology.
Until the end of August, for World Listening Day 2015 the publisher, Taylor & Francis is offering free downloads of my article, “Sound and Listening: Beyond the Wall of Broadcast Sound” in the Journal of Radio & Audio Media.
Use Twitter hashtag #WLD2015 to share World Listening Day 2015 info.
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On Friday, June 5 I give a lecture on “Soundscape Awareness” at 3:00pm in “Lecture 3: Understanding Sound” with lectures until 6:00pm by Helmut Wittek: On the Sound of Microphones, and Lars Ohlendorf: Funktionale Klänge. Continue reading