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.

Quantum Monk II with Fujima Yoshinojo a.k.a. Rika Lin at Links Hall

Photo from a scene during “Quantum Monk II,” my performance collaboration with Fujima Yoshinojo, a.k.a. Rika Lin and company on Saturday, April 22 at Links Hall at Constellation Chicago.

Quantum Monk II with Eric Leonardson #linkshall #beyondthebox #quantummonkII

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Quantum Monk II was part of the Beyond the Box performance series curated by Rika Lin, Beyond the Box continues through May 2017.

Quantum Monk II: Links Hall on Friday, April 22

Quantum Monk II: A dance piece with Yoshinojo Fujima (a.k.a Rika Lin) at Links Hall 7:30 PM Friday, April 22

Sound/Music: Eric Leonardson (Springboard, electronics)
Dance:Grandmaster Shunojo Fujima, GrandmasterYoshinojoFujima, Erin Ikeuchi

Address: Links Hall at Constellation,
3111 N Western
Chicago, IL 60618

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Beyond the Box is a Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Yoshinojo Fujima (Rika Lin), this series articulates her alternative interpretation of traditional Japanese classical dance works.

December 5, Variations VI Performance at Neiman Center, SAIC

Variations VI poster7:00–9:00 pm Wednesday, December 5

Leroy Neiman Center
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago IL 60603

Variations VI (1966), for a plurality of sound-systems (any sources, components and loud-speakers) will be performed by students, faculty, and others in the Leroy Neiman Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Variations VI is one of a set of seven variations composed between 1958 and 1967 by American composer, John Cage (September 5, 1912 — August 12, 1992).

This performance was organized by composer, instrumentalist, and SAIC Faculty member Julia Miller. Projects/Systems/Scores are designed by its performers: Lee Blalock, James Connolly, Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson, Julia A. Miller, Alyssa Moxley, Enid Smith, and Will Soderberg. Located in downtown Chicago, the Neiman Center is SAIC’s first ever campus center, recently opened in May 2012.

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April 14, John Cage’s “Variations V”

 

dancer with film, speaker

Choreographer Enid Smith activates sound in Variations V with radio sensors by Gregory O’Drobinak, synthesis by Eric Leonardson, Alex Inglizian, Julia Miller, film by Tatsu Aoki, and loudspeaker by Ian Schneller (Specimen Products)

a.pe.ri.od.ic
presents
A JOHN CAGE FESTIVAL

April 13-15, 2012
Chicago

Variations V
*Two Showings*

April 14, 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Collaboraction
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, room 300
$15/10 with student ID
purchase tickets at door, or online
limited ticket availability

Sound: Julia Miller, designer

James Connolly

Eric Leonardson

Christopher Preissing

Alex Inglizian, Kyle Evans, Gregory O’Drobinak

Film: Tatsu Aoki

Choreography:  Enid Smith

Dance: Melissa Schleicher-Sanchez, Jaime Juravic

Program booklet download here.

Variations V (1965), a monumental, multimedia work originally a collaborative performance between John Cage, Merce Cunningham and such notables as Robert Moog, David Tudor, James Tenney, Nam June Paik, Stan Vanderbeek, Billy Klüver, Max Mathews, and Carolyn Brown. This 45-minute piece is presented by a team of Chicago sound artists and musicians, with Cunningham dancer Enid Smith.  The evening will include two performances of the work- an early (7pm) and late (9pm) concert.

Variations V deals obliquely with sound; at its premiere, dancers moved across the stage triggering photocells or antennae, which in turn activated radios and tape playback.  Early iterations of this work further toyed with multimedia, allowing the dancer’s motions to additionally trigger lights and background film. As with many of Cage’s projects, Variations V confounds traditional conceptions of performer and curator.  The composer was present at early performances, manipulating the sounds induced by the dancers in real-time.  Cage derived the instructions guiding both physical actors and sonic consequences through chance procedures, flipping coins.  The veiled but detailed score consists of thirty-five remarks, each informing the structure and procedure of the performance including technical elements and rehearsal instructions.

Amplifiers and horn speakers generously donated by Ian Schneller/Specimen Products.

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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