World Listening Day 2017 | Listening to the Ground

Join The Lucky Trikes, World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and me to celebrate World Listening Day. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground,” created by composer and sound artist Pauline Oliveros.

We start at 6:00 PM and conclude at 7:30 PM, in Garibaldi Park.

1520 W Polk St
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Find us on top of the hill.

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The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band, and another Night Out in the Parks partner. We will lead a soundwalk around the park as part of World Listening Day. We’ll do some “ear cleaning” exercises conceived by R. Murray Schafer and some community listening, and even Deep Listening as conceived by Pauline Oliveros.

And read lots of stories about nature and city sounds and listening!

Take a walk at night, and walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

photo of Pauline Oliveros playing accordian

Pauline Oliveros in 2015. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

World Listening Day is an annual global event held on July 18, the birthday of Canadian composer and founder of acoustic ecology, R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933). This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground” devised by Pauline Oliveros who passed last Thanksgiving Day at age 84. As a well-known woman pioneer of electronic music composition, improviser, teacher, and founder of Deep Listening, she was a friend and inspiration to many of us. Continue reading

In the Media | Sound experts make art of the noise all around

On January 19 Chicago Tribune, columnist Barbara Brotman published this interview with me.

We discussed urban soundscape awareness, the upcoming soundwalk in Ryerson Woods and concert by Chicago Phonography, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 organized in partnership with the Brushwood Center, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), and World Listening Project. If you can pass the pay wall with a digital subscription to the Chicago Tribune, I’m told there is a video interview with me in the online version of the article. The soundwalk and performance was free for public participation. MSAE will report on the event in late February.

October 22 “Our Sonic Playground” At Musuem of Contemporary Art

6–8:00 pm Oct 22, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611
Admission: FREE

I am leading a public, interactive event on Oct. 22, part of a weekly Tuesday evening series organized by the Education Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The activities planned will actively engage the public in four ways, to “play, watch, share, and listen.” Students at SAIC, in my Field Recording/Phonography class, and Lindsey French’s “Sensing the Landscape” class, will help along with members of the MSAE and Chicago Phonography.

The event will include soundwalks with making and listening as the main activities, somehow involving field recording, culminating with a phonography performance and discussion. It will engage awareness multiple levels, concerning the social, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of sound.

“What If Sound Matters?” MSAE and The Department of Audio Art & Acoustics Host Scott Bernstein

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) is pleased to announce its Fall Event Series, kicking off with “What If Sound Matters Too: Revisiting the Potential for Healthy Soundscape.” This lecture by Scott Bernstein is co-hosted by The Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics at Columbia College Chicago, and takes place on campus, at 33 E. Congress Parkway, Basement, 7pm Wednesday, Sept. 21. Admission Free.
Scott Bernstein is the President and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and his talk will suggest agendas for research, demonstration and local policies that can make healthy soundscapes attainable.

Please visit the MSAE website for full details at

Chicago Phonography Concert on Airplay Now Available as Podcast

The Chicago Phonography concert on Airplay is now available online. It was performed as a live broadcast from 4:30–7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16

Find the and listen via WNUR’s stream link.

COMING UP: Chicago Phonography performs at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for World Listening Day on Saturday, July 23. Find more information on the website of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE).

Chicago Phonography is an informal collective that performs with field recordings from around the Chicago land area:

“Nature performs, we provide the secretarial services.” R. Murray Schafer

Indiana Dunes Sound Walk, Saturday May 21

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Indiana Dunes Sound Walk, a set by Ignotus the Mage on Flickr.

On Saturday, May 21 I led a soundwalk in Miller Woods at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project. It was a lovely experience with some very interesting people who participated. Above are photos taken one of the soundwalkers, Paul Hertz.

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology 2011 Winter/Spring Schedule

I have organized a monthly series of meetings for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, featuring three public presentations by Jay Needham, Viv Corringham, and Steve Jones. Please bookmark and return to the 2011 Winter/Spring Schedule page as I will update it when more details become available:

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Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology: A Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson

Soundwalk posterSaturday, October 16, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Beginning at The Corpse | Green Lantern Gallery this soundwalk engages participants a important facet of theUkrainian Village/Humboldt Park neighborhood that is often ignored: its soundscape. Contact Eric if you would like to learn more, and visit the MSAE webpage.

The Corpse | The Green Lantern Gallery
2542 Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60622

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Listening for the Future: American Society for Acoustic Ecology meeting in Chicago

Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreI’m happy to announce that the American Society for Acoustic Ecology‘s Listening for the Future symposium will take place from Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11 in Chicago. Hosted by the ASAE’s Midwest chapter and the World Listening Project this conference is the first of its kind in the United States. Please visit the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology website for details on how to participate.

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