WFAE, New Journal, New Website

On February 1, 2017 it was my great pleasure to introduce the new issue of a newly formatted WFAE Quarterly News announcing the launch of the organization’s rebuilt website, an active blog, and the publication of the WFAE’s first digital journal, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Volume 15.

Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening Lecture at DKSG, June 14

WFAE NEWS April-June 2015 edition now online

The April-June edition of World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News Quarterly is now online. My “President’s Report” updates readers about publication of the next Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, and previewed some of the many exciting events concerning artistic and technological responses to impending disasters concerning water and climate at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 conference in Tempe, Arizona.

Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments

cropped-bal-unbal1On March 25–26, I am participating in the pre-conference acoustic ecology workshop and overnight field trip to the Beaver Creek Biosphere Reserve, organized by the American Society for Acoustic Ecology. On March 27–29, I am honored to lead and present these panels and papers in the spectacular conference, Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments at Arizona State University (ASU).

Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum

March 28, 2015 • 3:30pm Leonardson and Andrea Polli will lead a panel entitled Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum. A conversation between an international group of academic practitioners and artists about the design and delivery of interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts, engineering and architecture that engages university students with listening and other forms of environmental sensing to promote creative ways to address ecological problems. Panelists will present examples and experiences using listening, field recording, sensors, data gathering, and other ways of sensing ecosystems. Panel participants are Linda Keane (AIADO, SAIC), Leah Barclay (UNESCO Biosphere Soundscapes project), Christopher Preissing (Composer), Lindsey French (Artist, SAIC), Meredith Hoy (Art History and Theory, ASU).
Stauffer B125, 950 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
URL: http://sched.co/2GXa

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October 2014 WFAE President’s Report

As President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) reporting for its online newsletter is one of my routine tasks. My President’s Report report for the October-December 2014 WFAE Quarterly News announces:

  1. Administrative changes on the WFAE Board
  2. Upcoming conferences
  3. Review of July’s WFAE-endorsed Invisible Places | Sounding Cities symposium in Viseu, Portugal

In addition to my report, I encourage you to visit the newsletter’s sections on WFAE member’s news, “sound bites” from afield, the feature article, the events and opportunities calendar, and research and projects. As the newsletter is a static web page, please refresh your browser to be sure you are viewing the current newsletter. Past issues are saved and available online, in the WFAE News Archive.

What’s New For July 2014

Life and art continues to keep me busy well into the summer. This July, or what remains of it has me doing:

  • WFAE President’s Report
  • World Listening Day
  • Invisible Places | Sounding Cities
  • Sounding Out! Podcast #32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition
  • Articular Facet Residency at Ragdale
  • 25 Years In Wicker Park, Moving Out

WFAE President’s Report

Every three months, in my role as the President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology,  I write a report the organization’s online newsletter. Please have a look at the July-September issue of the WFAE Quarterly News.

World Listening Day

Friday, July 18 is 2014 World Listening Day. This annual event presents several exciting activities. In Chicago, the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) and World Listening Project (WLP) are happy to have Matthew Griffin, SAIC alum and with the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology, and MSAE member, Norman W. Long leading a soundwalk in Millennium Park. Join us at the south end of the Lurie Garden, at 6:00 pm. Following the soundwalk join us for a reception at ARU studio space, 625 N. Michigan Ave. Participation is free and open to the public. Info:

Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 pm Monica Ryan leads a soundwalk in Miller Woods in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 15,000 acres of land maintained and protected by the National Park Service, who also observe World Listening Day. Meet us in the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at 100 N Lake Street, in Gary, Indiana. Parking is conveniently located across the street. Participation is free and open to the public. Please visit the WLP’s World Listening Day post to learn more about what you can do.

Podcast for Sounding Out!

Also on World Listening Day, visit the Sounding Out! sound studies blog and listen to “Sounding Out! Podcast #32: The World Listening Update – 2014 Edition,” a new podcast exploring the themes, concepts, and history of World Listening Day and Acoustic Ecology. This collaboration with SAIC Sound Instructor Monica Ryan and audio producer, musician Tom Haigh presents two leading figures in the field: Professor Sabine Breitsameter from Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany), Professor Barry Truax from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and Raquel Castro co-organizer of Invisible Places | Sounding Cities (Portugal).

Invisible Places | Sounding Cities

You won’t see me in Chicago for World Listening Day because I am participating in Invisible Places | Sounding Cities in Viseu, Portugal, active as an artist and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, chairing paper sessions. The symposium happens July 18–20. At its conclusion, I’m honored to perform solo on Sunday, July 20 at Misericórdia Church. Check the IPSC program to watch and listen to its live stream.

Dissecting Adam: Articular Facet Residency at Ragdale

I am performing in Julia A. Miller’s improvised opera project, Dissecting Adam on Saturday, July 26 at 4:00 pm. This one-of-a-kind opera work takes place at the Ragdale artists’ retreat in Lake Forest, Illinois.

25 Years In Wicker Park, Moving Out

I’ll try to get to this story a bit later.  🙂

July 2014 WFAE President’s Report

One of my regular tasks as President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) is reporting for its online newsletter, the WFAE Quarterly News.

Contents of my July-September 2014 President’s Report:

  1. Update on publication of the annual Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology
  2. Recent and upcoming conferences
  3. WFAE leadership update and information on operations

In addition to my report, I encourage you to visit the newsletter’s sections on WFAE member’s news, “sound bites” from afield, the feature article, the events and opportunities calendar, and research and projects. As the newsletter is a static web page, please refresh your browser to be sure you are viewing the current newsletter. Past issues are saved and available online, in the WFAE News Archive.

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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Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Events in May 2014

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology has two events coming up in late May that I am participating in.

1:00pm Saturday, May 24
Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street
Gary IN 46403

Monica Ryan leads a soundwalk in Miller Woods in the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore. Meet us at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. The South Shore Line provides convenient transportation between Chicago and the Miller Station. More info here on the MSAE site.

Next week…

6:00pm Thursday, May 29
Ravenswood Elementary School
4332 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Dr. Lauren Ronsse
will give a presentation titled, “Effects of Classroom Acoustical Environments on Student Achievement.” This talk will address concerns about the acoustical design of schools and how that impacts learning.

Admission for both events is free.

This summer the MSAE and World Listening Project plan to have events for you to join during the 2014 World Listening Day on July 18. On that day, I will be at Invisible Places | Sounding Cities in Viseu, Portugal.

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