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.

Go at Art Institute of Chicago

Sound composition created for the imageexhibition Go in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

February 23–June 4, 2017
Modern Wing, Abbott Galleries 182–184

Art Institute of Chicago
159 East Monroe Street
Chicago IL 60603

My audio composition reflects and embodies the sensation of speed, rapid technological change, and cacophony using selected works from the canon of 20th Century music. These are mixed with my own sound compositions and recognizable real world sounds that document experiences, sensations, and devices for acceleration and breaking barriers of time and space. Many are iconic of artists’ interests in using technologies of speed, echoing the visual and kinetic artworks on display.

 

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.

 

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

Artist residency program to start along 606 Trail | abc7chicago.com

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April 26, 2016: Chicago local ABC Channel 7 News announce artist residency program The 606 Bloomingdale Trail.

Tuesday, April 26: Chicago local ABC Channel 7 News announced I am one of the artists creating cultural programming in the landscape of The 606 park system along the Bloomingdale Trail. My series of events will invite communities to explore urban soundscape awareness through a series of soundwalks, original instrument-making classes, beginning in May and culminating with participation in World Listening Day on the weekend of July 16–18. A schedule will be announced soon through the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks app.
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Extreme Weather Exhibition

extremeweatherMy Radius Episode 63, “SoundTent at Camp Sherwin” (2015) was among the works featured in EXTREME WEATHER, an exhibition at Murmur Gallery, Atlanta, from December 3 – 28, 2015, curated by Meredith Kooi.

EXTREME WEATHER received very favorable reviews, including this one in Burn Away. Continue reading

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.

Bison Herd at Crane Trust, Platte River

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.

ACRE The Verdant Visit

From July 22-26 I was honored to be one of several visiting artists at the ACRE Summer Residency in a rural landscape near Steuben, Wisconsin.

From their website:

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

Review this booklet (PDF) to learn more about ACRE’s mission and their facilities.

Among the fellow visiting artists I was fortunate to share in discussions with were Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost, and John Preus. I hyperlinked their names so you can easily visit their websites. You may be deeply inspired by their ideas and productions, as much as I was.

During my visit I led a soundwalk for artists and staff, and gave a performance presentation. I also did some field recording around the residency area. I started a Google Map [see below] to mark where I recorded, including the route of my soundwalk on July 24. Among the recordings is the dawn chorus from just before 4:00 until 8:00.

Please use this shareable link to the routes and locations of my soundwalk and field recordings. My plan is to try to add audio in addition to photos to the Google Map points, by extracting GPS locations contained the image files’ metadata. Perhaps it will be useful in future projects of mine and my students, particularly the upcoming Eco-Sensing and Soundscape course I will teach with Lindsey French this fall at SAIC.

June 6: Frequenzgänge #52, Hamburg

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Centro Sociale
Sternstr. 2
20357 Hamburg
www.centrosociale.de

Eric Leonardson: springboard
Lê Quan Ninh: percussion
Birgit Ulher: trumpet, radio, speaker
Angharad Davies: violin
Gunnar Lettow: e-bass, objects, electronics

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