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April 26, 2016: Chicago local ABC Channel 7 News announce artist residency program The 606 Bloomingdale Trail.

Tuesday, April 26: Chicago local ABC Channel 7 News announced I am one of the artists creating cultural programming in the landscape of The 606 park system along the Bloomingdale Trail. My series of events will invite communities to explore urban soundscape awareness through a series of soundwalks, original instrument-making classes, beginning in May and culminating with participation in World Listening Day on the weekend of July 16–18. A schedule will be announced soon through the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks app.
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The GREAT 606 Challenge, April 2

606-logoJoin us for The GREAT 606 Challenge

Walsh Park, 1800 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL

The 606 Trail

The Great 606 Challenge sign and other scenes on The Bloomingdale Trail.

I will be one among many people hosting outdoor activities for all ages The 606 Bloomingdale Trail. My activity is a “sound scavenger hunt.” Register on The GREAT 606 Challenge page to win a collectible prize for completing the challenge. My station is at Park 567, near Milwaukee Ave. and Leavitt St.

Sign up for my mailing list to receive news of future events I will organize on The 606 this year, through the spring and summer, as one of the two inaugural 606 Open Artists-In-Residence.

“The 606” is the system of parks that includes the Bloomingdale Trail and its four access parks. Formerly, the trail was an elevated freight railway line. It was re-purposed into a public park with support from the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District and The Trust for Public Land.

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk – March 20

Brushwood Logo.smallJoin me on Sunday March 20 at 1:00 PM for a soundwalk in Ryerson Woods. Following last year’s success, this public event offers an opportunity to learn about exploring and appreciating nature’s aural landscape. This event is free and is organized in collaboration with the Brushwood Center, World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Register free at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL 60015


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May 15: HOME RADIATION at Defibrillator


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Performing with radiophonic instruments, unique homemade electronics, micro-watt transmitters, and re-purposed objects, ANNA FRIZ, JEFF KOLAR and ERIC LEONARDSON create intimate atmospheres traversing acoustic and electro-magnetic space. Together their work can be characterized as a mindful collaboration with vibrational surfaces and unstable circuits; and with subtle treatments of potentially noisy, often lo-fi materials from which highly detailed landscapes emerge. Though all three artists have worked with one another in various constellations in Chicago and internationally, this concert is their premiere outing as a trio.

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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

Invitation to WFAE Conference in Koli, Finland

Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology website imageI’m happy to announce that I have been invited to present in the International Conference of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, “Ideologies and Ethics in the Uses and Abuses of Sound”, hosted by the University of Eastern Finland, Cultural Studies Department and the Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology (FSAE). The conference will happen on June 16-19, in Koli, Finland.

My presentation proposal concerns the recent activities of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE).

Confirmed invited and keynote speakers are (in alphabetical order):
Steven Feld, Charles Hirschkind, Bruce Johnson, Anahid Kassabian, Andra McCartney, R. Murray Schafer, Barry Truax and Hildegard Westerkamp. Continue reading