Singing Insects Monitoring Program – Night Out In The Parks 2018

Eric Leonardson's face with Night Out In the Parks text, images, logo Become a citizen scientist with naturalist and insect tracker, Dr. Carl Strang, musician, Rob Frye on birdsongs, and a soundwalk led by me.

Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM9 PM CDT

Legion Park
3100 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago IL 60659

Free and open to the public! All welcome!

Meet at the prairie plant garden south of Bryn Mawr Avenue located between the driveway to Northside College Preparatory High School and the river. Google Map.

Visit Singing Insects Monitoring Program prior to the program to learn some of the calls we’ll be listening for!

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Radius Sketchpad, Saturday, December 26

radiussmallSaturday, December 26, 2015
2pm – 3pm, Eastern US Time

I am featured this weekend on Radius Sketchpad, a monthly program on WGXC 90.7-FM presented by the Chicago-based experimental radio platform, Radius.

About this Sketchpad program…
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How to soundwalk (Part Two) for Land Lines

Part two of my “How-to” primer for Land Lines, the Nature Conservancy of Canada blog, offers some practical considerations and inspiration in doing your own soundwalks. Online resources are included. My hope is that anyone who is even a bit interested will not only read it, but do it. That’s the only way to begin to know what a soundwalk is and why it’s helpful.

How to soundwalk (Part one) for Land Lines

Photo by Noé Cuéllar, 2010

Photo by Noé Cuéllar, 2010

In this two-part piece for Land Lines, the Nature Conservancy of Canada blog, I provide a “How to” primer with resources, personal experiences, and suggested techniques.

As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a method of inquiry, a call to action or a meditation. Soundwalks can play multiple roles all at once or shift intents from moment to moment.

Part Two will post on October 28, 2015.

‘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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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.

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

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.

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.

“Conversation, Improvisation, and Locality” at Theater of the Ionian Academy

WFAE posterConference of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, “Crossing Listening Paths” in Corfu

Monday, October 3, 2011
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Municipal Theater of Corfu
Kerkyra, Greece

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology hosts a collaborative, hybrid lecture-performance, entitled “Conversation, Improvisation, and Locality,” by Eric Leonardson (Faculty, Sound SAIC), Jay Needham (Faculty, Radio-Television, SIU, Carbondale), and Sabine Breitsameter (Faculty of Media, Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany).

Also performing, Islands of One by Katherine Norman.

Program notes at http://www.akouse.gr/wfae2011/CONCERT1__MONDAY_031011.pdf

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