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 18, World Listening Day Podcast for Sounding Out!

I recently finished a hour-long podcast about World Listening Day for the Sounding Out! sound studies blog, produced with fellow SAIC Sound Instructor, Monica Ryan and her husband, Tom Haigh at ARU Chicago. It goes live on World Listening Day, July 18, 2012.

World Listening Month on Sounding Out!I’m personally honored that Sounding Out! made July their own “World Listening Month”. Each week features related articles and podcasts. Our World Listening Day podcast will also be webcast by New Adventures In Sound Art, in Toronto. More information on how to participate in 2012 World Listening Day is available at www.worldlisteningproject.org.

For the podcast we interviewed 11 scientists, researchers and artist about their current work in listening, field recording, and soundscape research. They include Bernie Krause, Glenn Weyant, Jay Needham, Bryan Pijanowski, Udo Noll, Luis Antero, Darren Copeland, Viv Corringham, Jed Speare, Pauline Oliveros, and Dan Godston. We also included an audio excerpt from “Exploring Balance and Focus in Acoustic Ecology”, Hildegard Westerkamp’s opening keynote for Crossing Listening Paths, the 2011 conference of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

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Simple synthesizer built by Tucker Hagge

I believe this podcast serves as useful educational resource for students. Potentially, it also contributes to the future value and interest in the varied and diverse approaches to sound-making and listening of our interviewees.