Sonified Sustainability: Six Soundwalks on April 27 & 28

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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.

Invisible Places 2017

On Friday, April 8 Amanda Gutierrez and I led a workshop entitled How do soundwalks engage urban communities in soundscape awareness? for Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. With Norman W. Long in Chicago, fellow teaching artist who led soundwalks in our Soundwalks In the Parks last year, contributing, Amanda and I provided ideas and, of course, a soundwalk. A productive discussion discussion concluded the workshop. My colleague from Berlin, Antonella Radicchi posted an excellent text and images about the overall conference experience, including our workshop, and her presentation on the Hush City app, “…developed to empower local communities to identify, map and evaluate quietness on their neighborhoods.”

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Eric Leonardson leads workshop participants in “Ear Cleaning” exercise in preparation for the soundwalk. Photo by Amanda Gutierrez, 2017

Amanda and I will post our own workshop report for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

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!

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

September 7, Nature on Tap! The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night

Nature on Tap

Join me for a soundwalk exploring our summer soundscape at night at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, for Nature on Tap! Fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) members and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students will perform their nature-inspired music.

6-9:00 PM Wednesday, September 7

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and local musicians KG Price (percussion), Jen Hill (cello), Frank Harrer (invented instruments), and Christopher Preissing (flute) will engage you in their nature inspired music.

This month’s theme: The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night

This event, one of the monthly Nature on Tap series, is a chance to explore the museum kids free. Stroll through the exhibits, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, with a craft beer or a glass of wine. Bring your friends and enter the trivia competition or play board games while you listen to live music. Meet some of our resident animals at a live critter connection.

 

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

World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost & Found | The 606 Soundscape

606soundscapeFor World Listening Day 2016, I have organized a cohort of teaching artists and musicians who will transform our experience of The 606 & Bloomingdale Trail soundscape in Chicago this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 16–18. Events will actively engage in new ways of outdoor listening and sound making. Please visit the 606 Soundscape blog and Facebook Events for the full schedule. Attendance is free and open to all ages.

Along with performances and soundwalks, a global virtual symposium hosted through #SoundCon and the World Listening Project, celebrates World Listening Day 2016 “Sounds Lost and Found.” I give my brief keynote at 8:00 PM (Central time), following Sunday evening’s Sound Treasure Hunt. Watch the live stream via YouTube LIVE.

The 606 Soundscape project is made possible, in part, with support of the Chicago Park District and Trust for Public Lands.

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

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, June 6-8

Tuesday, June 7, I am giving a presentation in the Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, held June 6-8 at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016 will bring together scientists from around the world for an in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of ecoacoustics research and development. Sessions at this year’s conference will feature:

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  • Ecoacoustics Environment
    • Tropical
    • Fresh Water
    • Marine
    • Terrestrial
  • Ecoacoustics Impact
    • Health
    • Analytics
    • Community/Species Impact

Titled after the course I co-taught with Lindsey French in fall 2015, “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” serves as a teaching resource blending ideas and practices of acoustic ecology with the DIY hacking aesthetic of new media in a post-secondary art school curriculum.

Our course blog provides a curricular resource for you to explore and implement, and an outlet for our students’ work.

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