‘Our Sonic Playground’ Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

My research article on urban soundscape awareness for the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is now available online. “‘Our Sonic Playground’: A model for active engagement in urban soundscapes” is part of special section that “…engages with the idea of activating a ‘sonic turn’ in urban cultural studies scholarship, in part through the evocation of the paradigm of critical and participatory citizenship, as well as through critical approaches to understanding how sound and music are implicated in the texture of a city….”
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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.  🙂

On World Listening Day 2014 – Sounding Out!

sounding out! bannerI have a new post about the annual World Listening Day on the Sounding Out! sound studies blog this week.

Plus, stay tuned for a new World Listening Day podcast, created with Tom Haigh and Monica Ryan and due out this month. This podcast features Sabine Breitsameter and Barry Truax.

Gabriola Speaker Series – Transcripts of International Soundscape Symposium

In June 2009 I was honored to be invited to speak about the World Listening Project at the 4th International Soundscape Retreat & Symposium: Negotiating Space/Place In the Changing Soundscape, organized by the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology (CASE). Recently, CASE published transcripts of our presentations on their updated website. My talk as well as those by Eric Powell, Noora Vikman, and Barry Truax can be read online on the “Research & Publications” page.

Additional speakers at the symposium included Hildegard Westerkamp and Charlie Fox. This retreat was so inspiring for me I thought I would mention that Nadene Thériault-Copeland wrote this symposium report in the WFAE Newsletter.

Ways of Listening, Figures of Thought: A Festschrift for R. Murray Schafer on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday


While living in Amherst, MA and traveling in Europe this spring, I co-edited a 72-page book with Sabine Breitsameter, entitled Ways of Listening, Figures of Thought: A Festschrift for R. Murray Schafer On the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. Published in July by Hochschule Darmstadt, the Festschrift collects statements from 25 internationally esteemed authors, composers, and researchers as a tribute to Schafer, the renowned Canadian composer, founder of the World Soundscape Project and the interdisciplinary field of Acoustic Ecology.

At Murray Schafer’s tribute concert and dinner on July 18, Sabine and I presented him with the Festschrift, along with the latest issue of the annual Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology, at the 2013 Stratford Summer Music Festival. July 18th is significant as it is both Murray Schafer’s 80th birthday and World Listening Day.

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Upcoming concerts in Europe June 8–15, 2010

Eric Leonardson & Ignaz Schick at Altes Finanzamt

Tue, June 08 @ 10:00 PM CEST
Eric Leonardson (Chicago) – springboard
Ignaz Schick (Berlin) – turntable

Altes Finanzamt Schönstedtstraße 7 Berlin DE 12043
A video of Eric Leonardson performing with Ignaz Schick and Jason Soliday

Eric springboard, photo by Noé Cuéllar

Stark bewölkt with Birgit Ulher at Höbar

Wed, June 09 @ 9:30 PM CEST

Hörbar, Brigittenstr. 5, Hamburg, St. Pauli DE 20359

There will be 3 acts:

Liz Allbee, Trompete (Berlin / Oakland)
George Cremaschi, Kontrabass (Tábor, Tschechien / Oakland)

Heidrun Schramm/Sonata Rec, Elektronik, Video (Berlin)

Eric Leonardson, springboard (Chicago)
Birgit Ulher, Trompete, Radio, miutes, Lautsprecher (Hamburg)

Eric Leonardson at LÀ-BAS -> KARELIA

Sat, June 12 @ 7 – 11 PM EEST

Studio Là-bas, Kaapelitehdas (C-portaan kellari), Helsinki

7 pm: Les Maitres d’ouvre (Technical Supervisors) avec Casimir Lütha

8 pm: Tomasz Szrama

9 pm: Jukka Hautamäki

10 pm: Eric Leonardson

Between performances: “Karelia” by The Guardians of Being

Eric Leonardson, Other Music at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum

Sun, June 13 @ 3:00 PM EEST

Itäinen Rantakatu 4, Turku Finland 20700

An evening of electroacoustic works at Pakkahuone, Joensuu

Tue, June 15 @ 6:00–9:30 PM
•    Hildegrad Westerkamp (Vancouver): Into the Labyrinth
•    Barry Truax (Vancouver): Chalice Well
•    Steven Feld (Santa Fe): Waking in Nima
•    Eric Leonardson (Chicago): No Time Like Real Time
•    R. Murray Schafer: Winter Diary

Pakkahuone Rantakatu 52B 80100 Joensuu

(This concert event is a prelude to the 2010 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology conference in Koli, Finland. I will be giving a short presentation entitled “Tourists in the Soundscape” and participating in a panel discussion “What’s new? – 35 years later: Updates on The Tuning of the World, a discussion on the occasion of the upcoming German re-edition”. ) More info: http://www.akueko.com/

CASE 4th International Soundscape Retreat & Symposium

I am invited to speak about the World Listening Project at the 4th International Soundscape Retreat & Symposium: Negotiating Space/Place In the Changing Soundscape, organized by the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology (CASE), and New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), June 12–14 on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Additional speakers include Hildegard Westerkamp, Barry Truax, Charlie Fox, Noora Vikman, and Eric Powell.  For the soundscape concert on Saturday, June 13 I will play “701km” a new piece created with Anna Friz.