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.

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.

Pullman Soundwalk, WBEZ City Sounds

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.

‘Our Sonic Playground’ Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

My research article on urban soundscape awareness for the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is now available online. “‘Our Sonic Playground’: A model for active engagement in urban soundscapes” is part of special section that “…engages with the idea of activating a ‘sonic turn’ in urban cultural studies scholarship, in part through the evocation of the paradigm of critical and participatory citizenship, as well as through critical approaches to understanding how sound and music are implicated in the texture of a city….”
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In the Media | Sound experts make art of the noise all around

On January 19 Chicago Tribune, columnist Barbara Brotman published this interview with me.

We discussed urban soundscape awareness, the upcoming soundwalk in Ryerson Woods and concert by Chicago Phonography, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 organized in partnership with the Brushwood Center, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), and World Listening Project. If you can pass the pay wall with a digital subscription to the Chicago Tribune, I’m told there is a video interview with me in the online version of the article. The soundwalk and performance was free for public participation. MSAE will report on the event in late February.

Ragdale Residency | January 2015

In January I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at Ragdale, a non-profit artists’ community in Lake Forest, Illinois. The estate includes live-in studios and a 50-acre prairie. My 25-day residency will provide time for many interests. This includes studio work, writing, class preparation, tour planning, and acoustic ecology. I will lead a public soundwalk for the World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology at the Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on Sunday, January 25.

Ragdale 2015

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Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Events in May 2014

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology has two events coming up in late May that I am participating in.

1:00pm Saturday, May 24
Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street
Gary IN 46403

Monica Ryan leads a soundwalk in Miller Woods in the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore. Meet us at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. The South Shore Line provides convenient transportation between Chicago and the Miller Station. More info here on the MSAE site.

Next week…

6:00pm Thursday, May 29
Ravenswood Elementary School
4332 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Dr. Lauren Ronsse
will give a presentation titled, “Effects of Classroom Acoustical Environments on Student Achievement.” This talk will address concerns about the acoustical design of schools and how that impacts learning.

Admission for both events is free.

This summer the MSAE and World Listening Project plan to have events for you to join during the 2014 World Listening Day on July 18. On that day, I will be at Invisible Places | Sounding Cities in Viseu, Portugal.

Please visit the MSAE Facebook Page and “Like” us, or follow the MSAE on Twitter.

On Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening for City Creatures blog

Just published on the City Creatures blog, my words on acoustic ecology and “ethical listening.”

This blog post coincides with the Forum on Ethics and Nature, where I will be guiding a morning soundwalk this Friday, May 2, through Mary Mix McDonald Woods at the Chicago Botanic Garden (registration required). I will also lead a soundwalk through a portion of the Botanic Garden as part of the optional mid-day activities at the Forum.

The City Creatures blog began in 2012 to address human encounters with animals in the city. My piece serves partly as an introduction to acoustic ecology, while exploring the human-animal connection and embark on a “utopian excursion” to playfully suggest what “ethical listening” might be. It is not definitive, nor a doctrine, simply a way to pique curiosity and hopefully inspire a little more thought about a fundamental aspect of daily life, based on my personal experience.

Perhaps it can help develop better understanding of a practice and an attitude toward the use and experience of sound, and our relationship with our acoustic environment. My list is a sort of game, a way for you to play and build upon the ways that we actually but unconsciously listen.

World Listening Day – Chicago Phonography and Nighttime Soundwalk at Indiana Dunes, July 23

Join the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Chicago Phonography, World Listening Project, National Park Service, and the Chicago Park District Stargazers Saturday evening, July 23 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, as we celebrate World Listening Day 2011.

The event takes place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Central Time).

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403
Douglas Center Telephone: 219-395-1772

Chicago Phonography will perform first. The evening soundwalk on Miller Woods trail follows.

More details are posted on the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology website: http://mwsae.org/?p=1480