Nature Sounds at Night, West Ridge Nature Preserve, 2018 Night Out In The Parks Soundwalk Seires

NOITP logo design by James LeonardsonLearn to listen and recognize the calls of Chicago area frogs

Saturday May 19
7:30–8:30 pm
West Ridge Nature Preserve
5801 N. Western Ave.


See the full Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Summer Soundwalk Series.

Get the full Night Out in the Parks schedule through the My Chi Parks™ app!

Proceedings of Invisible Places 2017

The proceedings of Invisible Places 2017 | Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place were finally released last month and are free to download!

Get them in a single, exquisitely designed 685-page PDF from http://invisibleplaces.org/#proceedings.

Reflections about our workshop titled, “How do Soundwalks Engage Urban Communities in Soundscape Awareness?” was co-written with fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Board members, Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long.

Keynotes by Juhani Pallasmaa, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Sam Auinger are included along nearly 40 papers plus artists talks, soundwalks, workshops, and photos.

Invisible Places took place on 7– 9 April 2017 São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Singing Insect Soundwalk at North Park Village Nature Center – Friday, July 28

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

World Listening Day 2017 | Listening to the Ground

Join The Lucky Trikes, World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and me to celebrate World Listening Day. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground,” created by composer and sound artist Pauline Oliveros.

We start at 6:00 PM and conclude at 7:30 PM, in Garibaldi Park.

Address:
1520 W Polk St
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Find us on top of the hill.

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The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band, and another Night Out in the Parks partner. We will lead a soundwalk around the park as part of World Listening Day. We’ll do some “ear cleaning” exercises conceived by R. Murray Schafer and some community listening, and even Deep Listening as conceived by Pauline Oliveros.

And read lots of stories about nature and city sounds and listening!

Take a walk at night, and walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

photo of Pauline Oliveros playing accordian

Pauline Oliveros in 2015. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18, the birthday of Canadian composer and founder of acoustic ecology, R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933). This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground” 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. Continue reading

June 24 [New Date], Calling Frog Soundwalk At West Ridge Nature Preserve

5801 N. Western Ave.
Saturday, June 24
7:30 – 9:30 PM

Calling Frog Soundwalk

NOITP logo design by James LeonardsonFrogs and toads are considered bellwether species. Their emergence or disappearance indicate changes in the health of our environment. Our evening soundwalk with Eric Leonardson will provide an introduction to some of the sounds of the several species, as well as their presence within the overall West Ridge soundscape. Learn about the West Ridge frog monitoring and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Calling Frog Survey. Decode the signals and undertones of plants, animals, and urban life. Become a citizen scientist. (Rain date June 24.)

Follow the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology to learn more 2017 Soundwalks In the Parks series.

Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

Big thanks to the Chicago Parks Foundation for posting the  June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” interview 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.

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Soundwalks In The Parks Series, Summer 2017

It is my pleasure to announce the next set of soundwalks led by Chicago teaching artists, alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. The Summer Soundwalks In The Parks Series kicks off at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 8 at Ping Tom Park with “A Sonic Taste of Chinatown” led by Amanda Gutierrez. Address: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. (meet at the Pagoda)

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Video: What is a soundwalk?

Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

What is a soundwalk? from amanda gutierrez on Vimeo.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.

We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

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.
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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

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.

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All the best,
Eric