Master of Design in Sustainable Environments, Iowa State University

On Monday, March 26 I have the honor of being a guest of Iowa State University’s Master of Design in Sustainable Environments, where I will give my talk on Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape.

This talk discusses several ongoing projects that intersected in 2015, under the name “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape,” a studio course taught in the fall of 2015 at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By connecting concepts and practices of acoustic ecology with the hacking aesthetic of art and technology the course sought to open up possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations, offer new understandings of our environments and our boundaries, locations, and our roles within them as artists, designers, and listeners. New collaborations and new contexts have developed that extend beyond the classroom and studio, to actively engage public awareness in the ecologies of sound, listening, and environment.

Workshop: Listening Above and Below; Eco-Sensing DIY

Be it for live electronic music or field research, making handheld sensors are core methods and devices for learning about sound maps and embodied sensing through an introduction to “ear cleaning,” soundwalking and hands-on hydrophone making.

One of the goals of this talk and workshop is to draw people from ISU’s music school, design college, and engineering program.

I organized a virtual panel discussion on Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape for Balance-Unbalance 2017 in Plymouth, Chicago, Brisbane, and New York, archived on video here.

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.

Address:
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

Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley | Interview on World Listening Day

Soundscapes With Stephen McCauley delivers a mix of contemporary classical, electronica, ambient and acoustic music.

12 July 2017 Stephen McCauley interviewed me about World Listening Day 2017 and its theme, “Listening to the ground.” Listen online at until August 9, 2017

“Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley” is broadcast on weeknights on BBC Radio Ulster / Radio Foyle (Northern Ireland). It features various genres of popular music with a brief interlude featuring a field recording mixed in with music.

“Listening to the ground” is the theme devised by Pauline Oliveros who passed away November 24, 2016 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. Learn how to participate in World Listening Day 2017.

My interview appear approximately 10 minutes into the show. It includes a field recording I made in Bremen, Germany in 2015. Stephen invites listeners to contact him about sending your soundscape recordings to air on a future show.

Sound + Environment University of Hull | The Frequent Listener

I am excited to be at University of Hull, UK for the Sound + Environment 2017 conference taking place from 29 June to 2 July. It brings together “artists and scientists to examine the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of environments.” On Saturday, 1 July it is my privilege and honor to premiere a new work titled The Frequent Listener.

I look forward to meeting many World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) members at the conference, and its two internationally renowned keynote speakers, Chris Watson and Leah Barclay. Continue reading

Sunrise, June 21 Dean Rosenthal’s Stones/Water/Time/Breath for Make Music Chicago

Play with me at sunrise this Wednesday, June 21 in a public, participatory performance of Dean Rosenthal‘s Stones/Water/Time/Breath.
As we did last year, our performance kicks off the first of a full day of free, community music making for Make Music Chicago.
Sunrise is at 5:17 A.M. Feel free to share this Facebook event with anyone who might be interested. Download the score from Dean’s website.

Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

I thank the Chicago Parks Foundation for the interview and post on June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” highlighting the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Night Out In the Parks soundwalk series, employing local teaching artists with support of the Chicago Park District.

I describe how our thematically-focused soundwalks can serve as immersive, mindful ways to entertain, research, and discover a rich variety of meanings and interrelationships in one’s soundscape.

Soundwalks are free events, held across Chicago by various artists who have relationships with music, dance, socially engaged art and technology, black history, citizen science, nature, and landscape architecture. Teaching artists, many who are alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  have their own relationships with the residents of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and with local staff and volunteers, actively engage residents in the care and use of these parks. Given our focus on the ecological practice of soundwalking and listening, residents gain a unique and enhanced understanding of their soundscape that builds deeper relationships with individuals and community.

Illinois News: Soundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environments

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Chicago-based audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks this week as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made. Photo by David Zuchowski

On April 26, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news posted this well-written online article by Jodi Heckel about my public soundwalks in Urbana parks, all part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival. Thanks go to Jason Finkelman and the Student Sustainability Committee for their interest and support. In coming months look for a video documenting the festival’s artists and their performances. Portion of this will include the Springboard and my concert at Krannert Art Museum with Carol Genetti and Guillermo Gregorio last October.

 

Monday, May 8, Original Instruments Concert

3:00-4:00 PM Monday, May 8

Students of Eric Leonardson’s Instrument Construction 4004 course perform on unique and newly invented instruments for acoustic and electronic sound.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 1st floor
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL 60603

 

Free beverages and snacks will be provided courtesy of SAIC’s Department of Sound.

Can’t be there? Tune in and listen remotely on Free Radio SAIC!

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Tribute for Pauline Oliveros at Fridman Gallery

Dear Friends, Happy New Year greetings!

At 6pm Sunday, 8 January I will join the Apple Box Orchestra in a large tribute for Pauline Oliveros, the great female pioneer of electronic music and founder/exponent of Deep Listening, who died at age 84, on 26 November 2016.

FRIDMAN GALLERY
287 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
between Varick and Hudson
(646) 345-9831
info@fridmangallery.com

This tribute launches the New Ear Festival ’17 at Fridman Gallery 8–16 January. Gallery director Iliya Fridman wrote…

The idea is to assemble an “Apple Box Orchestra” consisting of live, telematic and pre-recorded performers throughout the day. Here is Pauline’s description of the piece:


…remembering the instruments I made in San Francisco at the end of the ’50s and remembering I had a piece called “Apple Box.” I had an old apple box I liked and I knew. It was like an old friend as well, because an apple box that has seasoned wood is a very resonant box. I used to amplify the box and put all kinds of things on the box to play: curb scrapers from automobiles, little implements from the kitchen — anything, small little things — and then amplify them, do things with them, make sounds.
Between the Apple Box Orchestra sets Leila Bordreuil (cello) and Peter Evans/Nate Wooley are doing a two-trumpet version of Earth Ears. Also, this video from her performance at the gallery last September with Seth Cluett will play as part of the 9 Evenings + 50 series.

Pauline Oliveros and Seth Cluett – 9 Evenings +50 from Fridman Gallery on Vimeo.