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.
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.
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.
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.
For Illinois News Bureau Arts blog Jodi Heckel wrote:
The festival will conclude with soundwalks in two Urbana parks. Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, will lead walks at Meadowbrook Park and Busey Woods to encourage participants to listen more deeply to the soundscapes of their environments. Leonardson is a performer, composer and sound designer, and a professor of sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The soundwalks will take place at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. April 27-28. The April 27 walks are at Meadowbrook Park and the April 28 walks are at Busey Woods. They are free, but tickets are required and the walks are limited to 25 people each.
Read the full article. Among the festival’s featured artists are Cooper-Moore, Terry Dame, Geoff Gersh, Bradford Reed who all perform on unique, handmade instruments.
Sonified Sustainability events are open to the public, free admission, and suitable for all ages. Check out the full list of programs.
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.
The deadline for the 2017 Invisible Places is November 30, 2016. Its focus is sound, urbanism, sense of place, and acoustic ecology. Submit your papers, proposals for artistic residencies, workshops and soundwalks via EasyChair.
The conference dates are April 7–9, and location is Sao Miguel Island, Azores.
Along with meeting wonderful artists and architects, engaging science and society, in the first iteration of Invisible Places in 2014, I served on the international scientific committee and performed solo in the medieval cathedral in Viseu, Portugal, itself a charming place. It was an moving experience and expect the same next year. I hope you will come and participate, too!
Today my piece about World Listening Day 2016 posted on Land Lines, the blog of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
This year’s theme is “Sounds Lost and Found.” It was devised by Nigerian sound artist, Emekah Ogboh who discussed this earlier today in the #SoundCon x #WLD2016 virtual symposium. This and many other cogent presentations from around the world are archived on the SoundCon.org YouTube Live platform. Read about my own 606 Soundscape project on the Bloomingdale Trail.
Land Lines offers thought-provoking reads about research and discoveries in the conservation field. Interested in contributing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 7, I am giving a presentation in the Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, held June 6-8 at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Ecoacoustics Congress 2016 will bring together scientists from around the world for an in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of ecoacoustics research and development. Sessions at this year’s conference will feature:
- Ecoacoustics Environment
- Fresh Water
- Ecoacoustics Impact
- Community/Species Impact
Titled after the course I co-taught with Lindsey French in fall 2015, “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” serves as a teaching resource blending ideas and practices of acoustic ecology with the DIY hacking aesthetic of new media in a post-secondary art school curriculum.
Our course blog provides a curricular resource for you to explore and implement, and an outlet for our students’ work.