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

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Video: What is a soundwalk?

Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

What is a soundwalk? from amanda gutierrez on Vimeo.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.

We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

Water-wheel Water Works! 4 Presentation

Archived on the Water-wheel, my presentation for Water Works! 4 on March 18, 2016.

Watch and listen to my co-curators’ Leah Barclay and Ricardo Dal Farra presentations. All presentations are archived at Water-wheel Media Centre.

I presented works by Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther, Jay Needham, Christopher DeLaurenti, and Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek. More details posted here.

Bison Herd at Crane Trust, Platte River

This American Bison herd lives at the Crane Trust and is one of the few that are genetically pure. Researchers are studying their restorative ecological role for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River, in Nebraska. We observed them during the Grassland Soundscapes Workshop, organized by the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network (on Facebook) on July 13-18.

I recorded this four days before World Listening Day 2015. This year’s theme was “H2O.” For the workshop I gave a talk on “Ways of Listening” with a group of over 20 participating engineers, scientists, and artists interested in soundscape ecology.

In the Media | Sound experts make art of the noise all around

On January 19 Chicago Tribune, columnist Barbara Brotman published this interview with me.

We discussed urban soundscape awareness, the upcoming soundwalk in Ryerson Woods and concert by Chicago Phonography, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 organized in partnership with the Brushwood Center, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), and World Listening Project. If you can pass the pay wall with a digital subscription to the Chicago Tribune, I’m told there is a video interview with me in the online version of the article. The soundwalk and performance was free for public participation. MSAE will report on the event in late February.

7PM, Wed. Feb. 4 Articular Facet Performs Bracken In RhinoFest 2015

7PM , Wed. Feb. 4 RhinoFest 2015
Prop Theater
3502 N Elston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618

I perform in “Bracken (after Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins (2014) with Articular Facet.
Bracken adapts the language of circuits and software for interpretation by any instrument. A computer generates and projects a live streaming score that that directs the payers to interact with one another following rules derived from binary logic and various methods of analog and digital signal processing. Articular Facet first performed Bracken for the Chicago Composers’ Consortium in 2014.

Performers include: Sam Bradshaw, contrabass; Johanna Brock, violin; Mark Hardy, electronics; Deirdre Harrison, voice and objects; Ed Herrmann, skatchbox; Dan Godston, trumpet; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jeff Kowalkowski, Nord; Julia Miller, electric guitars; William Jason Raynovich, cello; Sid Samberg, viola and piano; Will Soderberg, electronics

Also performed this evening, “The Hound” by Mark Hardy.

Explanation and instructions of Bracken score.

Signal Culture Cook Book

It’s a pleasure to announce publication of the Signal Culture Cook Book, an e-book showcasing media production recipes and tips from 23 artists doing experimental work in video, sound, digital and related media. Edited by Tammy McGovern, with an introduction by Gerar Edizel: “How to Make and Use a Piezoelectric Contact Mic” is my contribution described with clear illustrations and alternative applications.
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The Signal Culture Cook Book is a collection of techniques and creative practices employed by artists working in the field of media arts. Articles include real-time glitch video processing, direct laser animation on film, transforming your drawing into a fake computer, wi-fi mapping, alternative uses for piezo mics, visualizing earthquakes in real time and using swarm algorithms to compose new musical structures. There’s even a great, humorous article on how to use offline technology for enhancing your online sentience – and more!

signalculturelogosquare3Contributors to the cookbook include Atif Akin, Brett Ian Balogh, Jason Bernagozzi, Michael Betancourt, Alan Bigelow, Michael Bosworth, Angélica Piedrahita, Carl Diehl, Nicholas Economos, Jesse England, Pascale Gustin, Darius Kazemi, Eric Leonardson, Evan Merz, Ellen Pearlman, Kristin Reeves, Stephanie Rothenberg, Bill Sack, Ruth Sergel, Michael Trigilio, Lee Montgomery, Charles Woodman, and Judson Wright.

Saturday, December 7, Performance by Jay Needham and Report on Acoustic Ecology

3PM Saturday, December 7
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Admission free, more details at www.mwsae.org.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) hosts a performance by sound artist and President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), Jay Needham, entitled This is a Recording, a work for radio and video.

I will provide a brief report on national and international activities in the field of acoustic ecology, with respect to the ASAE and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) in my introduction. I have been serving as WFAE President since 2012. Jay and I have collaborated on sound performances since 2011, and work together as board members of the ASAE.

The program will conclude with ample time for questions and answers with Needham and anyone interested the activities of the MSAE.

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New Video With Birgit Uhler at the Renaissance Society

Birgit Ulher and Eric Leonardson from The Renaissance Society on Vimeo.

This video includes the full duration of our one hour concert at Bond Chapel, on the campus of the University of Chicago. The concert begins with a solo by Birgit (trumpet) and then myself (radios, oscillator, springboard), and concludes with our duo.