Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

I thank the Chicago Parks Foundation for the interview and post on June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” 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.

Soundwalks are free events, held across Chicago by various artists who have relationships with music, dance, socially engaged art and technology, black history, citizen science, nature, and landscape architecture. Teaching artists, many who are alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  have their own relationships with the residents of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and with local staff and volunteers, actively engage residents in the care and use of these parks. Given our focus on the ecological practice of soundwalking and listening, residents gain a unique and enhanced understanding of their soundscape that builds deeper relationships with individuals and community.

Unsilent Night Public Sound Procession Thursday, December 22

Unsilent Night logoJoin us for a community procession of Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night. All ages are welcome.

Thursday, December 22
6-7 pm
End at Cloud Gate
Get sparkly and shimmery and bring your old boom boxes or other devices for playing cassettes or sound files (click the link above for download options).  We will have 10 cassettes for each of the four parts thanks to Parlour Tapes.
Listen and download the mobile app.

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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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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.

Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments

cropped-bal-unbal1On March 25–26, I am participating in the pre-conference acoustic ecology workshop and overnight field trip to the Beaver Creek Biosphere Reserve, organized by the American Society for Acoustic Ecology. On March 27–29, I am honored to lead and present these panels and papers in the spectacular conference, Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments at Arizona State University (ASU).

Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum

March 28, 2015 • 3:30pm Leonardson and Andrea Polli will lead a panel entitled Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum. A conversation between an international group of academic practitioners and artists about the design and delivery of interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts, engineering and architecture that engages university students with listening and other forms of environmental sensing to promote creative ways to address ecological problems. Panelists will present examples and experiences using listening, field recording, sensors, data gathering, and other ways of sensing ecosystems. Panel participants are Linda Keane (AIADO, SAIC), Leah Barclay (UNESCO Biosphere Soundscapes project), Christopher Preissing (Composer), Lindsey French (Artist, SAIC), Meredith Hoy (Art History and Theory, ASU).
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Team Teaching Award for Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape

ecosensingsoundscapeIn October 2014 Lindsey French and I were awarded our request to team-teach a proposed course called Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for the 2015-16 academic year. Please visit our course blog: https://ecosensingsoundscape.wordpress.com/

Our course will be offered in the Fall 2015 term and cross-listed with the school’s departments of Art and Technology Studies and Sound.

Lindsey French is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Engaging in gestures of communication with landscapes and the nonhuman, her work spans a variety of media including video, performance, audio sculpture, and generative literature. Find more info on her website.

The School provides opportunities for its faculty from different departments to co-teach expanded curricular offerings, and the committee thanks you both for your contributions as colleagues and valued members of the School community.

October 13, MiniSoundFestival at Prak-Sis

8:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 2012

prak-sis logoPrak-Sis Gallery, 1917 W Irving Park Road
North Center, Chicago IL 60613
(Located between Wolcott and Damen Avenues, a 2-minute walk west from the Irving Park stop on the CTA Brown Line.)

From the organizer, Gwenn-Aël Lynn:

Chicago has long been known for a cradle of innovative music. The tradition continues with an impromptu MiniSoundFestival at Prak-Sis in the North Center neighborhood. Come taste the best of Chicago Sound on October 13th 2012 at 8pm. The legendary oNo will be there  as well as Eric Leonardson, Charles Mahaffee, Ben F. Carney and more.

Advance tickets are $5 and will be $7 at the door. Get your advance tickets by clicking on http://www.gwennaellynn.com/upcoming/. All the proceedings go to the musicians. Support your local sound scene! This is a BYOB event.

Join the FaceBook Event. This event is a part of Chicago Artists Month.

Sonic Playground, August 25

Sonic Playground with Eric Leonardson

An interactive music performance using the new Lake Crescent playground. Curated by Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.

Tuesday, August 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission Free
Location :

Lake Crescent #532
1061 E. 41st Street
Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 312-747-6446


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About the Park District’s Concerts in the Parks series:

Join Eric Leonardson in sonically activating the Lake Crescent Playground. This event is a part of the Park District’s “Concerts in the Parks” series, offering Chicago families a fun, affordable way to spend an evening in their own community. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, but prepare to play and listen to the playground in a totally different way. All concerts are FREE!

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Monday, July 7, 8 p.m. @ Brown Rice

Live Improvised Music with Dan Godston and Guillermo Gregorio

1st set

Guillermo Gregorio — clarinets and saxophones
Eric Leonardson — springboard, amplified objects
Dan Godston — trumpet, small instruments

2nd set : Altamira
Ricardo Lagomasima — drums
John Deblase — electric bass
Nick Millevoi — guitar

 

Brown Rice
4432 N Kedzie Avenue
Chicago IL 60625
www.brownricemusic.org

8:00 p.m.
$5 suggested donation

Directions: Brown Rice is small storefront located a half block north of the Montrose-Kedzie intersection, a few blocks south of the Kedzie station on the CTA Brown Line. There is a small sign over the entrance that reads “Perfect”. View Map.

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