Illinois News: Soundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environments

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Chicago-based audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks this week as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made. Photo by David Zuchowski

On April 26, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news posted this well-written online article by Jodi Heckel about my public soundwalks in Urbana parks, all part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival. Thanks go to Jason Finkelman and the Student Sustainability Committee for their interest and support. In coming months look for a video documenting the festival’s artists and their performances. Portion of this will include the Springboard and my concert at Krannert Art Museum with Carol Genetti and Guillermo Gregorio last October.

 

Soundwalk In Ryerson Woods | Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Brushwood Logo.smallAn invitation to Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s next soundwalk in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
847.968.3343
info@brushwoodcenter.org

$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.

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On this soundwalk I will be engage participants in their experience of the wooded soundscape, and making a sound map of the place, bounded by the Des Plaines River and River Woods Road. A soundwalk, as I offered in this piece, may be conducted in many different ways.

The short “What is a soundwalk?” video offers a media introduction on this practice.

Listening ahead, the final three soundwalks in Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s 2016 Night Out In the Parks series happen in December, in these parks on these dates, with these teaching artists:

  • Washington Park, Saturday, December 11 led by Norman W. Long
  • West Ridge Nature Preserve, Saturday, December 18 led by Eric Leonardson
  • Garfield Park Conservatory, Wednesday, December 21 led by Amanda Gutierrez

Please visit Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology exact times, details. To receive email updates, subscribe to my newsletter. Thanks!

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk – March 20

Brushwood Logo.smallJoin me on Sunday March 20 at 1:00 PM for a soundwalk in Ryerson Woods. Following last year’s success, this public event offers an opportunity to learn about exploring and appreciating nature’s aural landscape. This event is free and is organized in collaboration with the Brushwood Center, World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Register free at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL 60015

847.968.3343 info@brushwoodcenter.org

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Ragdale Residency | January 2016

From January 4 through 29, I am at Ragdale for my second artist’s residency. I posted on this blog about my wonderful experience and productive time spent here in 2015.

Here is my invitation to a soundwalk I will lead on January 24, at Ragdale for Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and fellow Ragdale residents, staff, board members, and donors.

Below is a photo album of scenes at Ragdale. I hope soon to add sound recordings.

Ragdale 2016

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.

Earth Day at Highland Park Public Library with Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Today I am leading a public soundwalk with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology at Highland Park Public Library. You are welcome to join us. This event is open to all (ages 8 and up) and free to participants.

Saturday, April 18
2:00pm – 3:00pm

494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, Illinois 60035

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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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What’s New For July 2014

Life and art continues to keep me busy well into the summer. This July, or what remains of it has me doing:

  • WFAE President’s Report
  • World Listening Day
  • Invisible Places | Sounding Cities
  • Sounding Out! Podcast #32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition
  • Articular Facet Residency at Ragdale
  • 25 Years In Wicker Park, Moving Out

WFAE President’s Report

Every three months, in my role as the President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology,  I write a report the organization’s online newsletter. Please have a look at the July-September issue of the WFAE Quarterly News.

World Listening Day

Friday, July 18 is 2014 World Listening Day. This annual event presents several exciting activities. In Chicago, the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) and World Listening Project (WLP) are happy to have Matthew Griffin, SAIC alum and with the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology, and MSAE member, Norman W. Long leading a soundwalk in Millennium Park. Join us at the south end of the Lurie Garden, at 6:00 pm. Following the soundwalk join us for a reception at ARU studio space, 625 N. Michigan Ave. Participation is free and open to the public. Info:

Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 pm Monica Ryan leads a soundwalk in Miller Woods in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 15,000 acres of land maintained and protected by the National Park Service, who also observe World Listening Day. Meet us in the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at 100 N Lake Street, in Gary, Indiana. Parking is conveniently located across the street. Participation is free and open to the public. Please visit the WLP’s World Listening Day post to learn more about what you can do.

Podcast for Sounding Out!

Also on World Listening Day, visit the Sounding Out! sound studies blog and listen to “Sounding Out! Podcast #32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition,” a new podcast exploring the themes, concepts, and history of World Listening Day and Acoustic Ecology. This collaboration with SAIC Sound Instructor Monica Ryan and audio producer, musician Tom Haigh presents two leading figures in the field: Professor Sabine Breitsameter from Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany), Professor Barry Truax from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and Raquel Castro co-organizer of Invisible Places | Sounding Cities (Portugal).

Invisible Places | Sounding Cities

You won’t see me in Chicago for World Listening Day because I am participating in Invisible Places | Sounding Cities in Viseu, Portugal, active as an artist and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, chairing paper sessions. The symposium happens July 18–20. At its conclusion, I’m honored to perform solo on Sunday, July 20 at Misericórdia Church. Check the IPSC program to watch and listen to its live stream.

Dissecting Adam: Articular Facet Residency at Ragdale

I am performing in Julia A. Miller’s improvised opera project, Dissecting Adam on Saturday, July 26 at 4:00 pm. This one-of-a-kind opera work takes place at the Ragdale artists’ retreat in Lake Forest, Illinois.

25 Years In Wicker Park, Moving Out

I’ll try to get to this story a bit later.  🙂

Jay Needham, Ars Memoria: Several Alternate Histories of Place

on the stage something happenedI hope you will join me at 7PM this Friday evening, Feb. 18 for a special presentation by sound and media artist Jay Needham, at The (New) Corpse, 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, Illinois 60622.

Jay will present selections from recent works in a lecture titled Ars Memoria: Several Alternate Histories of Place. Jay will be finishing a chapter on the sounds of Mashinima and planning an evening of radio art and surround sound works for the April 2011 Out of the Box Contemporary Music Festival in Carbondale, Illinois. Jay is an Associate Professor in the Communications Department at Southern Illinois University, and a member of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE).

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Upcoming Performances and Broadcasts in January

I have four live appearances on radio and on stage this month, I hope you may be able to attend or listen in…

Saturday, January 16, 5:00AM US CST (GMT -6)

Guest on ITDE (“It’s Too Damn Early”)

I will be a guest interview on ITDE hosted by DaveX on WDBX 91.1FM.

ITDE features experimental, avant-garde, electroacoustic, improvisational, and other musics. ITDE airs on Saturday mornings from 4 – 6:30 a.m. [US CST / GMT -6]. That’s 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Berlin, and 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Hong Kong.

Sunday, January 17, 10:00PM–2:00 AM US CST (GMT -6)

Chicago Phonography on Something Else

Chicago Phonography at OpShop 2009Hosted by Philip von Zweck on WLUW 88.7FM Listen to the live stream.

Something Else is Chicago’s longest running radio show devoted to seldom-heard and experimental, avant-garde musics, sound art, works of long duration (no excerpts!), and other less classifiable things that just don’t have an outlet. Chicago Phonography is a collective of artists interested in promoting creative activity in listening by broadcasting unprocessed field recordings as an ensemble in a context of live improvisation.

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