Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening Lecture at DKSG, June 14

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.


Avatar for the Center for Humans and Nature by Ansell Bray


Chicago Scratch Orchestra with guest conductor Eric Glick Rieman

9 PM Friday, January 7

Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor
Chicago IL 60622

The Chicago Scratch Orchestra (CSO) follows up its debut at the Green Mill with a new set of scores . The idea for the “Scratch Orchestra” was conceived in 1968 by British avant-garde composer Cornelius Cardew (1936–81), with fellow composers Howard Skempton and Michael Parsons. Its significance is provided in Cardew’s “Draft Constitution”:

A Scratch Orchestra is a large number of enthusiasts pooling their resources  (not primarily material resources) and assembling for action (music-making, performance, edification).

The word music and its derivatives are here not understood to refer exclusively to sound and related phenomena (hearing, etc). What they do refer to is flexible and depends entirely on the members of the Scratch Orchestra.”

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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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