Proceedings of Invisible Places 2017

The proceedings of Invisible Places 2017 | Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place were finally released last month and are free to download!

Get them in a single, exquisitely designed 685-page PDF from http://invisibleplaces.org/#proceedings.

Reflections about our workshop titled, “How do Soundwalks Engage Urban Communities in Soundscape Awareness?” was co-written with fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Board members, Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long.

Keynotes by Juhani Pallasmaa, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Sam Auinger are included along nearly 40 papers plus artists talks, soundwalks, workshops, and photos.

Invisible Places took place on 7– 9 April 2017 São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

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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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.

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.

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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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Sound + Environment University of Hull | The Frequent Listener

I am excited to be at University of Hull, UK for the Sound + Environment 2017 conference taking place from 29 June to 2 July. It brings together “artists and scientists to examine the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of environments.” On Saturday, 1 July it is my privilege and honor to premiere a new work titled The Frequent Listener.

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Invisible Places 2017

On Friday, April 8 Amanda Gutierrez and I led a workshop entitled How do soundwalks engage urban communities in soundscape awareness? for Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. With Norman W. Long in Chicago, fellow teaching artist who led soundwalks in our Soundwalks In the Parks last year, contributing, Amanda and I provided ideas and, of course, a soundwalk. A productive discussion discussion concluded the workshop. My colleague from Berlin, Antonella Radicchi posted an excellent text and images about the overall conference experience, including our workshop, and her presentation on the Hush City app, “…developed to empower local communities to identify, map and evaluate quietness on their neighborhoods.”

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Eric Leonardson leads workshop participants in “Ear Cleaning” exercise in preparation for the soundwalk. Photo by Amanda Gutierrez, 2017

Amanda and I will post our own workshop report for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

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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