My New Role In World Forum for Acoustic Ecology

Following “Crossing Listening Paths,” the 2011 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) Conference on Corfu Island, I became Vice President of the WFAE itself. In late July 2012, I became WFAE President. You can read my reports in the WFAE Quarterly News published online at To read past issues of the newsletter please visit the News Archives.

You can also read about our efforts on our global network of affiliate organizations, by subscribing to the WFAE’s annual print journal, Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology.

I participated in the founding conference of the WFAE in August, 1993 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and co-wrote an article about it with fellow sound artist, Lou Mallozzi. It was published in the since defunct, New Art Examiner in 1994.

WFAE Feature Article: Observations On “Crossing Listening Paths”

My report, “Observations on the 2011 WFAE International Conference “Crossing Listening Paths,” about the 2011 WFAE International Conference is published in the Nov/Dec WFAE Newsletter.

This report is describes my personal observations of the conference and Kerkyra, on the island of Corfu, Greece. Rather than offering an analysis of the events, I wrote about whatever held my memory for any reason. The photos were taken by Nigel Frayne and me.

Here’s one sound. I hope to post more sounds when time allows.

Respire: Performance with Anna Friz at ESS on SoundCloud

ESS posted my performance with Anna Friz for the opening of Respire at Audible on its SoundCloud profile. What you hear, amongst a roomful of radios receiving the sounds of breathing and other bodily exclamations typically absent from regular radio programming, is Anna playing amplified sruti, mbira, and electronics. I performed on the Springboard and Korg MS-20. We performed on Friday July 16, 2011. Listen here: Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson Live in Studio A by Experimental Sound Studio

World Listening Day – Chicago Phonography and Nighttime Soundwalk at Indiana Dunes, July 23

Join the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Chicago Phonography, World Listening Project, National Park Service, and the Chicago Park District Stargazers Saturday evening, July 23 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, as we celebrate World Listening Day 2011.

The event takes place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Central Time).

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403
Douglas Center Telephone: 219-395-1772

Chicago Phonography will perform first. The evening soundwalk on Miller Woods trail follows.

More details are posted on the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology website:

World Listening Day 2011

World Listening Project logoThe second annual World Listening Day is on Monday, July 18. I join hundreds and perhaps thousands more people to celebrate and observe this day all through the week.

World Listening Day is being recognized in a substantial, truly global way. Participation last year was phenomenal. Please visit the WLP website to learn more, participate, and subscribe to our Yahoo! Groups and Facebook Group.

Respire: Performance with Anna Friz on Friday, July 15 at ESS

Respire poster On Friday, July 15 I perform with my partner in “sound crime” Anna Friz and her radiophonic installation, Respire during the opening this evening at Audible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio (ESS).

5925 N Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Reception: 6PM-9PM

Anna’s website:

ESS website:
Respire will be active at Audible Gallery until August 7.

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Seeded Plain at Enemy

Sunday, March 13 at Enemy

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor
Chicago IL 60622

Seeded Plain March 2011 Mini-Tour
Seeded Plain is Bryan Day (Decorah, Iowa) and Jay Kreimer (Lincoln, Nebraska), two experimental instrument makers who have been performing with new and unusual sounds on instruments made from everyday objects and materials. Their Entry Codes CD on Creative Sources (Portugal) was described as “playfully cranky and enjoyable…well worth the listen.” See their March 2011 Mini-Tour schedule here.

Also on the bill:

  • Aaron Zarzutski + Nick Hoffman
    Their LP “PSYCHOPHAGI” on Pilgrim Talk was made using disassembled turntable, sewing machine, and amplified sheet metal.
  • Pelzwik
    Duo from Minneapolis, (Birthday Set with: Dinger/Talking Computron ) “…noisy drone stuff on modified toys with some melodic elements. Probably more accessible than anything anyone else is doing…”
  • Eric Leonardson
    Enemy resident performs with self-built instruments made of coil springs, wood, and other pieces of hand-held, amplified detritus.
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    Christian Pinock, Guillermo Gregorio, and Eric Leonardson Celebrate Art’s Birthday Live at Enemy

    7:00 PM Sunday, January 16, 2011

    Celebrating Art’s Birthday with Christian Pinock and Guillermo Gregorio at…

    Christian Pinock, Arts Lab

    1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 3rd floor
    Chicago IL 60622

    Albuquerque-based composer Christian Pinock performs original improvised compositions on electric valve trombone. Using a computer-based instrument of his own creation (using MAX/MSP) and a system of sensors attached to the trombone, he creates solo performances that are dynamic and subtle, drawing from diverse styles such as improvised experimental music, contemporary classical, avant-garde jazz, noise, and electronica.

    Christian will perform a solo electric trombone set and a trio improvisation with Guillermo Gregorio (clarinet, saxophone) and Eric Leonardson (experimental instruments, electronics).

    Guillermo and Eric will open the concert at 7:30 PM with a duo set.

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