Moving Between Two or More Places | Broadcast Sunday, September 2

Moving Between Two Or More Places, a work for radio airs on Radiokunst – Kunstradio

Sunday, September 2. 11:03 pm – 11:59 pm (CEST) / 4:03 pm – 4:59 pm (CDT)

Listen to the stream online at ÖRF (Austrian Public Radio)

This work for Kunstradio reimagines and reflects the diversity and relationships of acoustic communications I personally hear and create in urban and suburban soundscapes. My recent travels and residencies in Chicago, Austria, and Germany serve both as a theme and a source of sounds. These tones and noises come from simple handheld and handmade electronic instruments, field recordings, and computer-based audio manipulation.

Over a month-long residency at AIR Krems, a week in Augsburg, and early this year, at the Ragdale artists community, I experimented with many physical and digital objects and materials, and even a piano. Featuring prominently are resynthesized sounds of a public address announcement and passing trains in Vienna, fireworks in Krems, and my tabletop experiments with voice, inductors and electromagnetic fields, and a self-built light-sensing oscillator. Piezoelectric vibration sensors on my larynx and pencil amplified the bodily movements of writing and speech. A friend’s accidental cell phone call and long recorded message, made while she walked steadily at 120 bpm, provided a rhythmic, noisy and humorous artifact of everyday experiences in mobility and wireless transmission.

Some sounds conceal their origins once recorded. The idling boat engine on the Danube River could be a low note on contra bass. Cold winter wind blowing through brittle dried burdock in the prairie, with a faraway train horn, offers an odd perspective; such extremes of distal and proximal sounds, recorded in one place at one time, make it seem artificial.

Two summer outdoor soundscapes also appear. Now in Chicago, different species of cicadas produce a whine very similar to electrical transformers and my digital processes. They mix with the flyovers of air traffic approaching O’Hare International Airport. While both are relentless, soon the cicadas will pass. Outdoors in Augsburg, trams, cars, and lawnmowers dominated while I played my oscillators harmonized with the machinery. My newly invented instrument, the Schaschliktstäben Violin leads us out at this piece’s conclusion.

DIY Eco-sensing Workshop ISU College of Design


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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.

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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7PM, Wed. Feb. 4 Articular Facet Performs Bracken In RhinoFest 2015

7PM , Wed. Feb. 4 RhinoFest 2015
Prop Theater
3502 N Elston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618

I perform in “Bracken (after Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins (2014) with Articular Facet.
Bracken adapts the language of circuits and software for interpretation by any instrument. A computer generates and projects a live streaming score that that directs the payers to interact with one another following rules derived from binary logic and various methods of analog and digital signal processing. Articular Facet first performed Bracken for the Chicago Composers’ Consortium in 2014.

Performers include: Sam Bradshaw, contrabass; Johanna Brock, violin; Mark Hardy, electronics; Deirdre Harrison, voice and objects; Ed Herrmann, skatchbox; Dan Godston, trumpet; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jeff Kowalkowski, Nord; Julia Miller, electric guitars; William Jason Raynovich, cello; Sid Samberg, viola and piano; Will Soderberg, electronics

Also performed this evening, “The Hound” by Mark Hardy.

Explanation and instructions of Bracken score.

New Springboard Video On YouTube

A short video by Josh Baum created at Amherst College, offering up close details and sounds of the Springboard.

March 28, Perfomance with Jonathan Chen and Anne Guthrie at Panopoly Lab

8pm Thursday, MARCH 28, 2013

The Panoply Performance Laboratory
104 Meserole St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
http://panoplylab.org/space/

Directions

panoply labs imageI perform on this evening with Jonathan Chen (violin) and Anne Guthrie (french horn).

Also performing that evening an fantastic group of improvising musicians on acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic instruments:
SULT – Tony Dryer (contrabass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), Guro Skumsnes Moe (contrabass), Håvard Skaset (acoustic guitar), from Norway.
https://soundcloud.com/sult/sets/demo/s-46Dab

PascAli – Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper (prepared bass duo)

Jack Wright (saxophone) and Andrew Drury (percussion) – http://www.springgardenmusic.com/

David Grollman (percussion)

Owen Stewart-Robinson (guitar) and Brad Henkel (trumpet)

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2013 Megapolis Audio Fest with Anna Friz

http://megapolisfestival.org/blargh/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/anna-eric.jpg7:30pm Saturday, April 13

322 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

View directions here

Suggested donation $9

I’m excited to be performing with Anna Friz again, and we’re honored to be the “pre-festival teaser” for the 2013 Megapolis Audio Festival.

Our previous performance with Anna’s radio installation was in Respire (2011) at ESS. Before that, we performed on tour in the Eastern US, while creating Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie (2007) at the free103point9.org Wave Farm, for broadcast on Kunstradio-Radiokunst in Vienna. Our very first collaboration took place in the 2005 Deep Wireless Festival, with a different instrumentarium. Our radio theater work, entitled Other Music was created and performed with Evalyn Parry (text, voice, cassette player), Chris Brookes (voice, cassette player), Anna Friz (voice, cassette player), and myself (springboard). You can listen to the recording here. (Recorded live at The Drake Hotel on May 27, 2005; duration 9:01.)

Learn more about Anna Friz’s current and upcoming projects here: http://nicelittlestatic.com/.