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.

How to soundwalk (Part Two) for Land Lines

Part two of my “How-to” primer for Land Lines, the Nature Conservancy of Canada blog, offers some practical considerations and inspiration in doing your own soundwalks. Online resources are included. My hope is that anyone who is even a bit interested will not only read it, but do it. That’s the only way to begin to know what a soundwalk is and why it’s helpful.

How to soundwalk (Part one) for Land Lines

Photo by Noé Cuéllar, 2010

Photo by Noé Cuéllar, 2010

In this two-part piece for Land Lines, the Nature Conservancy of Canada blog, I provide a “How to” primer with resources, personal experiences, and suggested techniques.

As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a method of inquiry, a call to action or a meditation. Soundwalks can play multiple roles all at once or shift intents from moment to moment.

Part Two will post on October 28, 2015.

Photos From AUDIOPARC Launch In Laval, Québec

Launch of a series of sonic art events curated by Magali Babin and hosted by Galerie Verticale in Laval, Québec. On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 Natalia Petkova performed, with amplified horns transmitting their sounds to handheld, portable FM radios. Jen Reimer and Max Stein collaboratively performed a multi-channel sound composition. Douglas Moffat installed a sound and video work. Following the soundwalks Andra McCartney and I each led on Saturday afternoon, Andra and I discussed our history, ideas, and current activities in soundwalking. Andra McCartney wrote about our soundwalks on her Soundwalking Interactions blog. My talk described the efforts of the World Listening Project and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

AUDIOPARC took place around the Métro de la Concorde. AUDIOPARC continues through 2013, and AUDIOPARC is meant to present new and captivating projects with the bold idea to make Laval a playground for the ears. Featured artists in 2013 are Patrice Coulombe and Kathy Kennedy. Photos by Alexis Bellavance and Eric Leonardson. Production: Galerie Verticale

Link to the AUDIOPARC Flickr photo set at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCSJKtu

Indiana Dunes Sound Walk, Saturday May 21

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Indiana Dunes Sound Walk, a set by Ignotus the Mage on Flickr.

On Saturday, May 21 I led a soundwalk in Miller Woods at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project. It was a lovely experience with some very interesting people who participated. Above are photos taken one of the soundwalkers, Paul Hertz.

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology: A Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson

Soundwalk posterSaturday, October 16, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Beginning at The Corpse | Green Lantern Gallery this soundwalk engages participants a important facet of theUkrainian Village/Humboldt Park neighborhood that is often ignored: its soundscape. Contact Eric if you would like to learn more, and visit the MSAE webpage.

The Corpse | The Green Lantern Gallery
2542 Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60622
 

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