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.

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!

September 7, Nature on Tap! The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night

Nature on Tap

Join me for a soundwalk exploring our summer soundscape at night at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, for Nature on Tap! Fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) members and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students will perform their nature-inspired music.

6-9:00 PM Wednesday, September 7

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and local musicians KG Price (percussion), Jen Hill (cello), Frank Harrer (invented instruments), and Christopher Preissing (flute) will engage you in their nature inspired music.

This month’s theme: The Sounds of Summer: Music of the Night

This event, one of the monthly Nature on Tap series, is a chance to explore the museum kids free. Stroll through the exhibits, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, with a craft beer or a glass of wine. Bring your friends and enter the trivia competition or play board games while you listen to live music. Meet some of our resident animals at a live critter connection.

 

Spring Fest 2016, June 10

Spring Fest

A Celebration of Citizen Science and Stewardship

Palmisano Park

Luna-On-Tree2700 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Illinois

June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM

MSAE_WATER_-01Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen to the sounds of nature, and soak in musical and theatrical performances. While enjoying the festivities, you will also learn more about opportunities to study and protect Chicago’s natural treasures.

At 6:30 I will lead a soundwalk and then participate in a panel discussion, from 7:30 to 8:30, on ecoacoustics and acoustic ecology.

I will also provide news and information about my soundscape project for The 606 Open AIR and the 2016 Soundwalks In the Parks program with Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long, supported by the Chicago Park District.

Festival located at the south entrance across from McGuane Park
(312) 747-6497 Map

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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Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening Lecture at DKSG, June 14

Sound In the Land Festival & Conference – June 5–8, 2014

Sound in the Land 2014 – Music and the Environment

Thursday, June 5 – Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Sound In the Land “…is a Festival/Conference of Mennonites and music scheduled for June 5 – 8, 2014 at Conrad Grebel/University of Waterloo. This event will seek to explore and discover new ways of hearing the earth, listening to the environment, and creating musical and scholarly responses to what we hear.” Keynote speakers include R. Murray Schafer and Gus Mills.

Sound in the Land 2014 Schedule

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Soundwalk for “Ethics of Recovery and Loss” at Chicago Botanical Garden

6:45am, Friday, May 2, 2014

Forum on Ethics & Nature: A Cascade of Loss, An Ethics of Recoverycenter for humans and nature

I lead a soundwalk for the Forum on Ethics and Nature, a symposium co-hosted by the Center for Humans and Nature and the Chicago Botanic Garden. My soundwalk in the Mary Mix McDonald Woods has a special focus on birds.

On Thursday, May 1 I will lead a prairie soundwalk from 3pm to 4pm in the pre-forum workshop, from 12pm-6:30pm at Windblown Hill, Libertyville, IL (former home of Center founder, Strachen Donnelly).

2014 is the centennial year of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once flourished here in the billions. Quoting from the forum’s web page, “The 2014 Forum on Ethics and Nature will mark this occasion by exploring the topic of extinction in non-obvious ways, balancing information and personal stories with ethical reflection about the possibilities of social and ecological recovery.”

Visitors’ information at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Avatar for the Center for Humans and Nature by Ansell Bray

 

Listening for the Future: American Society for Acoustic Ecology meeting in Chicago

Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreI’m happy to announce that the American Society for Acoustic Ecology‘s Listening for the Future symposium will take place from Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11 in Chicago. Hosted by the ASAE’s Midwest chapter and the World Listening Project this conference is the first of its kind in the United States.

Please visit the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology website for details on how to participate.

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Listening to Our Planet

Eric Leonardson and Bernie Krause conversing10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday, April 20

Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor
Columbia College
Chicago, IL  60605

Listening to Our Planet is a daylong event that celebrates the Earth and its natural beauty and resources. This multi-disciplinary event is a part of Columbia College’s Critical Encounters Earth Week 2009 program, organized under the theme of “Human / Nature”.

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