Workshop: Eco-sensing and the Soundscape at Light Box

Eco-sensing and the Soundscape Workshop

Saturday, April 28 at 10 AM – 1 PM EDT

Light Box, 8641 Linwood St, Detroit, Michigan 48206

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Beyond speech and music, there is a world of sound. Listening and recording those sounds outside opens our ears and minds to their meaning and value. Come join us on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 AM for a fun and inventive field recording workshop that will teach you to hear the world in a different way!

Sound artist and acoustic ecologist Eric Leonardson will teach you basics of record sounds in the outdoors, or indoors if weather imposes, with portable devices. He will show how field recording makes material for making new music, sound design, and understanding the world.

About Light Box Arts Center

Light Box is a vital venue for artistic expression and community gathering in Detroit, dedicated to experimentation and education within the broadest, most inclusive definition of ‘performance.’ Its members and collaborators champion the life-giving qualities of art and performance in their own rights, as well as the healing and liberating potentials of art-making.

We believe in the transformative power of art to enliven and build community, to strengthen and amplify individual voices and to foster socio-political justice. By housing multiple artists and projects in a Detroit neighborhood with deep historical and cultural roots, Light Box supports cross-pollination and collaboration, nurturing artistic experimentation & cultural expression by and among diverse communities. The space offers residencies, public showings, workshops, and social forums; incubating and presenting artistic work and programs that challenge, illuminate, and inspire.

DIY Eco-sensing Workshop ISU College of Design


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Master of Design in Sustainable Environments, Iowa State University

On Monday, March 26 I have the honor of being a guest of Iowa State University’s Master of Design in Sustainable Environments, where I will give my talk on Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape.

This talk discusses several ongoing projects that intersected in 2015, under the name “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape,” a studio course taught in the fall of 2015 at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By connecting concepts and practices of acoustic ecology with the hacking aesthetic of art and technology the course sought to open up possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations, offer new understandings of our environments and our boundaries, locations, and our roles within them as artists, designers, and listeners. New collaborations and new contexts have developed that extend beyond the classroom and studio, to actively engage public awareness in the ecologies of sound, listening, and environment.

Workshop: Listening Above and Below; Eco-Sensing DIY

Be it for live electronic music or field research, making handheld sensors are core methods and devices for learning about sound maps and embodied sensing through an introduction to “ear cleaning,” soundwalking and hands-on hydrophone making.

One of the goals of this talk and workshop is to draw people from ISU’s music school, design college, and engineering program.

I organized a virtual panel discussion on Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape for Balance-Unbalance 2017 in Plymouth, Chicago, Brisbane, and New York, archived on video here.

Sorry, No Pike – Library Experimental – Saturday, March 3

2–4 p.m. Saturday, March 3


Jefferson Park Library
5363 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago IL 60630
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Conveniently located near both CTA bus and Blue Line.

Library Experimental is an ongoing series focusing on Chicago’s experimental musicians; happening at the Chicago Public Library in Jefferson Park.

Early! free! kid friendly! if the kids are patient!

The first installment of the 2018 season features Sorry, No Pike and Wilhelm Matthies!

Artist info:

Sorry, No Pike is Eric Leonardson, springboard; Lilianna Wosko, cello; and Christophe Preissing, flute, objects, voice. Together their improvisations are lyrical, quirky, noisy, visually and sonically inventive and incorporate found, invented and traditional instruments.
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Listen to Dark Matter Radio 10 PM Wednesday, February 14

Late Night on Dark Matter Radio

Listen in when I join my multi-talented host, fellow artist and Ragdale resident, Sam “samiam” Lewis on his weekly radio show, live at 10 PM tonight. Tune in on Que4.org or Chicago radio 1680AM.

NB: Please lower your speaker volume when visiting the Que4.org website as the audio stream begins automatically.

Winter 2018 News Update

I hope the start of 2018 has felt full of potential for you.

It is my pleasure to announce a performance featuring Hamburg-based trumpet player Birgit Ulher. Please join Birgit and myself with vocal artist, Carol Genetti at Elastic Arts. Katherine Young (bassoon, electronics) and Birgit will open with a duo set.

Thursday, February 8
9 PM
3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

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Birgit also visits SAIC’s Department of Sound that week with support from Goethe Institut Chicago.

Upcoming in 2018

As spring semester begins at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I teach, I eagerly embark on a sabbatical term to focus my own projects. Here are some of the events and travels I look forward to:

  • Starting January 29, I’m honored to be invited back to the artists’ retreat at Ragdale, until February 23.
  • On February 24, I join SAIC Professor Linda Keane and students from her Eco Design course at SAIC to give river ecology workshops for the Chicago River Student Congress 2018 at Bryn Mawr High School, a Chicago Public School.
  • A tribute for my friend Nigel Frayne, who passed away on January 8, 2018, was posted the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News. He was a great friend and supporter of the WFAE, and for me personally, as its president. Please stay tuned we as we remember and honor his many achievements and quiet gifts through the year.

I invite you to subscribe and read past issues of my newsletter.

Best wishes for a healthy and productive 2018.

Sincerely Yours,
Eric

Ragdale Residency | February 2018

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The Ragdale House at sunset, photo by Eric Leonardson © 2018

The start of this new year brings a special time for peaceful reflection, planning, performing, production, and fellowship during my 25-day residency at Ragdale. This is my third residency here since 2015. Ragdale is an interdisciplinary artists’ community established in 1976 in Lake Forest, Illinois by poet Alice Judson Hayes, the granddaughter of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

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Birgit Ulher, Elastic Arts | February 8, 2018

Birgit Ulher with Carol Genetti and Eric Leonardson + Ulher and Katherine Young

Join us at 9:00 PM Thursday, February 8, 2018

Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

Birgit Ulher is an exquisite sound artist and improvising electroacoustic trumpeter. We have performed together on several occasions in Chicago and Hamburg since 2007. I anticipate this concert will be an equally exquisite experience.

This concert is supported by Goethe Institut Chicago in partnership with SAIC Sound. Share our Facebook Event

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Celebrating Pauline Oliveros, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology

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Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology Volume 16 “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies Part II” cover art by Todd Birdsong (2017)

It is my great pleasure to announce that the latest edition of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology has been released by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Soundscape, Volume 16 is the second of a pair of issues sharing the theme of guest editor Jay Needham, “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies.”  This edition celebrates the life and work of Pauline Oliveros with articles by Edward Shanken, Yolande Harris, Seth Cluett, Tomie Hahn and Stephan Moore. Also included are reviews and commentary by Honna Veerkamp, Maile Colbert and Heather Contant and an extended article on augmented reality audio by Leah Barclay.  My own report touches on various WFAE activities throughout 2017 including affiliate news and endorsed events and conferences. Read more on our announcement and download the PDF.