An invitation to learn and explore Chicago park soundscapes.

Luna-On-TreeGreetings, I hope you’re enjoy a great summer. I’m sharing info on tomorrow morning’s soundwalk at West Ridge Nature Preserve.

TIME: 10-11:00am
DATE: Saturday, August 27
LOCATION: 5801 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

This event is free and open to all ages.

Starting at the Western Avenue entrance, our soundwalk explores the ecological restoration project that started at West Ridge in 2011, still underway. Many native species of plants and animals have returned, visibly and audibly. Meet scientists who monitor its frog population. This event is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks events. Soundwalking explores our relationship to sounds around us as listeners and creators of our soundscape.

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Check out the nearby SummerSonic 2016 at ESS in the afternoon.

This soundwalk is part of series continuing through the year with Amanda Gutiérrez and Norman W. Long in other Chicago parks, all part of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)’s Soundwalks In The Parks Program, made possible by a Chicago Park District grant.

Please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

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All the best,

Saturday, December 7, Performance by Jay Needham and Report on Acoustic Ecology

3PM Saturday, December 7
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Admission free, more details at

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) hosts a performance by sound artist and President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), Jay Needham, entitled This is a Recording, a work for radio and video.

I will provide a brief report on national and international activities in the field of acoustic ecology, with respect to the ASAE and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) in my introduction. I have been serving as WFAE President since 2012. Jay and I have collaborated on sound performances since 2011, and work together as board members of the ASAE.

The program will conclude with ample time for questions and answers with Needham and anyone interested the activities of the MSAE.

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“Rub” New CD Release On Public Eyesore and Pan Y Rosas

CD cover "Rub"Just in and out this week, a new CD recorded with the Auris Trio (Christopher Preissing, Julia Miller, and me) and renowned the San Francisco percussionist Gino Robair. Purchase yours on Public Eyesore or download a free MP3 version from the Pan Y Rosas netlabel.

The CD (PE 125) feature duos and quartets with the members of the
Auris Trio and Gino Robair, six tracks in all, recorded at ESS in 2010 by Alex Inglizian. It was exquisitely mastered by Neil Jendon. The artwork features an intaglio print I made in the 1970s. Lou Mallozzi wrote the album notes and Christopher Preissing designed the album art.

Eric Leonardson – springboard, electronics
Julia Miller – guitar, electronics
Christopher Preissing – flute, electronics
Gino Robair – percussion, electronics

If you’ve never experienced our music live, this it the next best thing. Check back on this “what’s new” blog or sign up for my email list to receive news about a future CD release concert in 2014.


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

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Respire will be active at Audible Gallery until August 7.

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New Music at the Green Mill, ESS, Auris and The Scratch Orchestra

Sunday, October 24, 2–5:00PM

Auris trio performs in Scratch Orchestra Project, with special guest Gino Robair, at the quarterly New Music at the Green Mill series

Green Mill Jazz Club
4802 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
($10 suggested donation, 21 and over)

Listen to the Scratch Orchestra on Sunday at 10:00pm, on Something Else with Philip von Zweck, WLUW  88.7FM. Copy and load this link into your mp3 player to listen to WLUW’s live stream. Or, visit

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New CD release, Rarebit on Transparency

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by Steve Barsotti and Eric Leonardson

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Performed and recorded with Steve Barsotti at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. From 1994 until 1999 we performed as a duo, and with other local and internationally known artists, including Dan Burke (Illusion of Safety), Carol Genetti, Fergus Kelly, Tatsu Aoki, Chris Heenan, Yuko Nexus6, Yasuhiro Otani, Satoru Wono, Claude Wiley, and many more.


Rarebit is the culmination of a four-year project in electroacoustic music by sound artists and instrument inventors Steve Barsotti and Eric Leonardson. Their self-built instruments produce remarkable sounds that belie their humble origin. Barsotti and Leonardson’s sense of musical form arises from their deep attention to the individual essences of sounds, rather than the conventional grid of harmony and meter. What results is abstract sound composition that possesses a communicative style. Rarebit will draw comparisons to the sound palettes and ethereal soundscapes of such intrepid purveyors of “left field” and exploratory music as Hal Rammel, Hugh Davies, and Bob Rutman. Nine tracks. Running time 72 minutes.

Rarebit can be purchased from Transparency for $15 ($12 plus $3 postage) to via PayPal.