Night Soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library – July 29

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presents Soundwalks – quiet events leading groups to explore their relationship as listeners in the acoustic environment.

7pm – 8:15pm Wednesday, July 29
Wauconda Area Library
801 N. Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
Tel: 847-526-6225

This soundwalk will focus on night sounds around the Wauconda Area Library — a blend of forest and wetland landscapes. The walk is open to all listeners, no experience necessary. Join us and learn the basics of acoustic ecology as you explore your backyard soundscape!

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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

Call In Your Favorite City Soundscapes, WBEZ

Wednesday, September 30, WBEZ’s The Morning Shift will have me on their talk show live, between 9 AM and 10 AM to answer questions about different soundscapes in Chicago, and then take calls from listeners about their favorite sounds in the city. To listen or call in tune in to 91.5 FM, or listen online at

Wake Up To The Sounds Of Daybreak Across The World, Friday, Sept. 11

NPR’s Morning Edition is airing a segment tomorrow (Friday, Sept 11) that will include some listeners’ sounds of daybreak, so tune in to your local public radio station if you have the chance. My recording and photo of the sunrise over Lake Michigan may be included.

The show’s producer said, “We’ll also have a web story with some of your stories, sounds and photos later this week, so keep an eye out. I will send an update once that’s online.

sunrise at camp sherwin

Sunrise at camp Sherwin, Chicago, 5 September, 2015. Photo by Eric Leonardson.

Thank you again for sharing with us – our team was so impressed by the time and effort that went into the submissions. It was a pleasure to listen to them.”

Not only is this call for recorded soundscapes at daybreak relevant for my Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape course at SAIC, it also reminds me of the micro radio event I created nearby on May 2, the “SoundTent at Camp Sherwin” for International Dawn Chorus Day. It was my contribution to an event organized by soundCamp | REVEIL in collaboration with The Radius, as Episode 63 in its long-running series for experimental radio and transmission art in Chicago. If the sound of my frail voice is any indication, it may be dissembling. Stay tuned!

Radius Episode 63, SoundTent at Camp Sherwin May 2

On International Dawn Chorus Day I am inviting local citizens to join me at the shoreline of Lake Michigan at 5:00-6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2. My “SoundTent” will be located on the beach one block east of Sheridan Road, 20 paces past 1205 W Sherwin Avenue, in Chicago.

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Episode 63: Eric Leonardson

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On Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening for City Creatures blog

Just published on the City Creatures blog, my words on acoustic ecology and “ethical listening.”

This blog post coincides with the Forum on Ethics and Nature, where I will be guiding a morning soundwalk this Friday, May 2, through Mary Mix McDonald Woods at the Chicago Botanic Garden (registration required). I will also lead a soundwalk through a portion of the Botanic Garden as part of the optional mid-day activities at the Forum.

The City Creatures blog began in 2012 to address human encounters with animals in the city. My piece serves partly as an introduction to acoustic ecology, while exploring the human-animal connection and embark on a “utopian excursion” to playfully suggest what “ethical listening” might be. It is not definitive, nor a doctrine, simply a way to pique curiosity and hopefully inspire a little more thought about a fundamental aspect of daily life, based on my personal experience.

Perhaps it can help develop better understanding of a practice and an attitude toward the use and experience of sound, and our relationship with our acoustic environment. My list is a sort of game, a way for you to play and build upon the ways that we actually but unconsciously listen.

New Springboard Video On YouTube

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

Seeded Plain at Enemy

Sunday, March 13 at Enemy

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor
Chicago IL 60622

Seeded Plain March 2011 Mini-Tour
Seeded Plain is Bryan Day (Decorah, Iowa) and Jay Kreimer (Lincoln, Nebraska), two experimental instrument makers who have been performing with new and unusual sounds on instruments made from everyday objects and materials. Their Entry Codes CD on Creative Sources (Portugal) was described as “playfully cranky and enjoyable…well worth the listen.” See their March 2011 Mini-Tour schedule here.

Also on the bill:

  • Aaron Zarzutski + Nick Hoffman
    Their LP “PSYCHOPHAGI” on Pilgrim Talk was made using disassembled turntable, sewing machine, and amplified sheet metal.
  • Pelzwik
    Duo from Minneapolis, (Birthday Set with: Dinger/Talking Computron ) “…noisy drone stuff on modified toys with some melodic elements. Probably more accessible than anything anyone else is doing…”
  • Eric Leonardson
    Enemy resident performs with self-built instruments made of coil springs, wood, and other pieces of hand-held, amplified detritus.
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    The Sounds Of Winter

    Chris DeLaurenti and the Seattle Phonographers Union played one of my field recordings on the “Weekday” show today, Monday, December 20, on KUOW 94.9 Puget Sound Public Radio. The show is archived for your listening pleasure at:

    gas furnace cooling Audioboo

    My audio submission (the metallic contraction sounds of a gas furnace as it cools) and other collected sounds can be hear here on my Audioboo profile:

    In addition to being a co-founder of the Seattle Phonographers’ Union with Steve Barsotti, Chris DeLaurenti is a writer, composer and teacher. He recently founded the Pacific Northwest chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, and on the show Chris mentioned that he is now writing a book on field recording and phonography.

    “Sounds You Might Have Heard” World Listening Project radio series on framework:afield

    The first of a 4-part radio series produced by the World Listening Project aired on framework:afield on Sunday, May 23rd. Framework is a weekly radio program produced by Patrick McGinley “consecrated to field recording and its use in composition.” Framework:afield is a special sub-series curated and produced by guest artists from around the world. The theme for this edition #285 is “Sounds You Might Have Heard” and has been produced by Dave Armstrong.

    Visit to listen, subscribe, and submit your own work to framework.

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