Moving Between Two or More Places | Broadcast Sunday, September 2

Moving Between Two Or More Places, a work for radio airs on Radiokunst – Kunstradio

Sunday, September 2. 11:03 pm – 11:59 pm (CEST) / 4:03 pm – 4:59 pm (CDT)

Listen to the stream online at ÖRF (Austrian Public Radio)

This work for Kunstradio reimagines and reflects the diversity and relationships of acoustic communications I personally hear and create in urban and suburban soundscapes. My recent travels and residencies in Chicago, Austria, and Germany serve both as a theme and a source of sounds. These tones and noises come from simple handheld and handmade electronic instruments, field recordings, and computer-based audio manipulation.

Over a month-long residency at AIR Krems, a week in Augsburg, and early this year, at the Ragdale artists community, I experimented with many physical and digital objects and materials, and even a piano. Featuring prominently are resynthesized sounds of a public address announcement and passing trains in Vienna, fireworks in Krems, and my tabletop experiments with voice, inductors and electromagnetic fields, and a self-built light-sensing oscillator. Piezoelectric vibration sensors on my larynx and pencil amplified the bodily movements of writing and speech. A friend’s accidental cell phone call and long recorded message, made while she walked steadily at 120 bpm, provided a rhythmic, noisy and humorous artifact of everyday experiences in mobility and wireless transmission.

Some sounds conceal their origins once recorded. The idling boat engine on the Danube River could be a low note on contra bass. Cold winter wind blowing through brittle dried burdock in the prairie, with a faraway train horn, offers an odd perspective; such extremes of distal and proximal sounds, recorded in one place at one time, make it seem artificial.

Two summer outdoor soundscapes also appear. Now in Chicago, different species of cicadas produce a whine very similar to electrical transformers and my digital processes. They mix with the flyovers of air traffic approaching O’Hare International Airport. While both are relentless, soon the cicadas will pass. Outdoors in Augsburg, trams, cars, and lawnmowers dominated while I played my oscillators harmonized with the machinery. My newly invented instrument, the Schaschliktstäben Violin leads us out at this piece’s conclusion.

WATER WORKS! Friday-Saturday 18-20 March

waterworks2016I am one of the curators for WATER WORKS! the 2016 Waterwheel online sharing event devoted to water in its social, economic, scientific, and artistic manifestations. Over this weekend people around the world can sign in for free to host or watch events at the Tap.

My four selected works are “Railroad Storm Drain” by Christopher DeLaurenti; “Unter Grund” by Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther; “von der rheinquelle bis hafen karlsruhe | rhein_strom,” by Thomas M. Siefert & Lasse-Marc Riek; and Jay Needham‘s “Liquesce 1.”

Our Tap is Water Works! 4, with Ricardo Dal Farra and Leah Barclay. It opens at 22:00 CDT. Again, the Tap is free to sign in and interact with anywhere in the world. Program, dates & times are posted at http://bit.ly/program-WaterWorks.

Over 150 contributors responded with a total of some 260 contributions accessible on the Waterwheel Media Centre. 22 curators assessed the contributions and will present a selection in a series of seven online panels on the Tap on 18-20 March 2016. Join the live streams at http://water-wheel.net/taps-list. 

 

Ragdale Residency | January 2016

From January 4 through 29, I am at Ragdale for my second artist’s residency. I posted on this blog about my wonderful experience and productive time spent here in 2015.

Here is my invitation to a soundwalk I will lead on January 24, at Ragdale for Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and fellow Ragdale residents, staff, board members, and donors.

Below is a photo album of scenes at Ragdale. I hope soon to add sound recordings.

Ragdale 2016

Phonophon 5 Year Anniversary Double-CD

Phonophon compilation CD

 

I am pleased to announce [rec.phonophon], a new double CD release celebrating the fifth year of the Phonophon concert series of phonography and experimental music in Frankfurt am Main.

Curated by the Verein zur Förderung von Phonographie und experimenteller Musik (society for the advancement of phonography an experimental music), Phonophon has featured more than 50 concerts with local, national and international artists.

As a participating artist in 2012 my contribution to the project is “Howard CTA Station (Live Dec. 2013).”

The CD is in an edition of 500. “40 tracks give the listener the chance to go on a trip through a diverse and ever expanding sound universe.” To order a copy, listen to samples, etc., please visit http://compilation.phonophon.de/. All proceeds help organize future projects.

 

Broadcast & Live Web Stream Radio Event, Sept 20-22

A BROADCAST & LIVE WEB STREAM RADIO EVENT, 20-22 SEPTEMBER
INTERMISSION: AN AUDIO PORTRAIT OF PLACE –  MAPPING THE SPACE BETWEEN A AND B
A collaboration between Jennie Savage and Echoes
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To make a map is to create a visual register of place.

To actively use a map is to make connections and perceptually join people, places and ideas together. ‘Mapping’ is an attempt to represent multiplicity. To give form to concepts, ideas, journey’s, even time. An audio map is the playing out of sounds, ideas, field recordings, footage and imaginings from geography this creates a new topography- a new map. A map that connects sounds to place and then forges connections between places. This process is empowering. It connects people and ideas; situations that seemed singular become multiple.

The broadcast has been organised into sections:

‘Territories’ Individual, community, locality, corporate, global, bought into conversation.
‘Convergence’ The intermeshing of birdsong, a human voice, a car, a factory, a glitch, a shopping mall, an airport a train station, their convergence as audio portrait of place and human experience.
‘Psycho geography’, Time emerges through place. ‘Reflexivity’ Thinking about the idea of the field recording, the meaning of a walk or journey. ‘Dis orienteering’ The field recording as starting point for abstraction or manipulation.

Broadcast by stress.fm between 20 and 22 of September
Check the radio program here

July 27, Chronography: Animal in 46. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2012

grammophone and dog in Antarctica

Dog Chris Listening to the gramophone, Antarctica, Herbert Ponting 1911. Used with permission from the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington New Zealand.

Jay Needham and Eric Leonardson perform Chronography: Animal 22:00 Friday, July 27

Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD)
603qm Alexanderstr. 264283 Darmstadt (Atelier Elektronik)

This event happens within the Soundscape Composition program featuring Hildegard Westerkamp, and is organized in cooperation with the 46. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2012 (46th International Summer Course for New Music 2012) and The Global Composition: Conference on Sound, Media, and Environment.

Chronography: animal is a live electro-acoustic work based on field recordings that Jay Needham gathered in Antarctica in 2009. For this work, antique gramophone horns have been re-purposed and are now used as amplified instruments, percussive bells that resonate, clang and chime. It is the traveling of these sound machines into the wilds that initially fascinated Needham and eventually lead him to create sound sculptures that often times blur the line between musical instruments and scientific apparatus. For listeners, the work is intended as an audible exploration, a pseudo–scientific demonstration where the sounds of ship propellers, penguin colonies and ice fractures gather to express an epistemology of field recordings and the role that sound technologies have played in exploration and musical performance. Chronography: animal is conceived of as a bridge to connect practices of improvised music and sound art that evokes a sense of place.

The program

Hildegard Westerkamp: Kits Beach Soundwalk

Jay Needham: Chronography: animal (Uraufführung)
A live sound art work for re-purposed gramophone horns and Antarctic field recordings
Performers: Eric Leonardson, Jay Needham

Hildegard Westerkamp: Gently Penetrating beneath the sounding surfaces of another place

Hildegard Westerkamp: Attending to Sacred Matters

World Listening Project in Chicago Calling Festival, Oct. 10

2 PM, Saturday, October 10, 2009

World Listening Project logo

Epiphany Episcopal Church
201 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
312.243.4242
Admission $15

Eric Leonardson presents a 45-minute audio program of unique field recordings and soundscape compositions by member’s of the World Listening Project from outside of Chicago. This program immediately follows the opening dance work by Rachel Thorne Germond.

Saturday’s festival program includes a full day and evening of performances and readings that run from 2:00-11:00 p.m.

Please visit the festival website and check the “Schedule” tab for the full program.

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Giant Ear, August 30

Giant Ear, August 30Giant Ear))) curated by Eric Leonardson

The August 2009 edition of Giant Ear features interviews with Bernie Krause and Jerome Joy; selected field recordings and audio streams from the global Locus Sonus sound map, geo-tagged recordings from radio aporee, my Sonic Playground at Lake Crescent Park, Chicago Phonography performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as soundwalks by members of the World Listening Project logoWorld Listening Project and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Air date:

Sunday, August 30
7:00 PM—9:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM—8:00 PM CDT | UTC/GMT -5)
free103point9.org

free103point9.org online radio

Presented by the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, Giant Ear))) is a two-hour radio show webcast weekly on Sundays, 7-9pm on free103point9.org
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Chicago Calling Arts Festival: “Dancing Walls Stir the Prairies”

Chicago Calling7PM – Midnight Friday, October 26
Elastic
2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 772-3616
$10 suggested donation, $8 for students

A work for radio by Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson. Produced at free103point9’s Wave Farm in upstate, New York…listening below the border separating our “sister cities” of Toronto and Chicago, we propose to listen below the surface of the map. We listen instead for the rhythms of daily movement in our respective places, and seek to enunciate the sounds in the cities that we hear and that haunt our dreams. Gas meters hissing, rain in the sewers after a storm, senior citizens in the cafe, distant “El” trains. In this we begin to play together, to mingle field recordings and music to create modulations of these two places. In so doing we conjure a third, composite, imagined city that resonates somewhere between the two geographical locations.

Musicians, dancers, poets also performing this evening include Paul Hartsaw, Asimina Chremos, Guillermo Gregorio, Divik Ramesh, and many more. Visit the Chicago Calling website for details: www.chicagocalling.org