Winter 2018 News Update

I hope the start of 2018 has felt full of potential for you.

It is my pleasure to announce a performance featuring Hamburg-based trumpet player Birgit Ulher. Please join Birgit and myself with vocal artist, Carol Genetti at Elastic Arts. Katherine Young (bassoon, electronics) and Birgit will open with a duo set.

Thursday, February 8
9 PM
3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

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Birgit also visits SAIC’s Department of Sound that week with support from Goethe Institut Chicago.

Upcoming in 2018

As spring semester begins at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I teach, I eagerly embark on a sabbatical term to focus my own projects. Here are some of the events and travels I look forward to:

  • Starting January 29, I’m honored to be invited back to the artists’ retreat at Ragdale, until February 23.
  • On February 24, I join SAIC Professor Linda Keane and students from her Eco Design course at SAIC to give river ecology workshops for the Chicago River Student Congress 2018 at Bryn Mawr High School, a Chicago Public School.
  • A tribute for my friend Nigel Frayne, who passed away on January 8, 2018, was posted the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News. He was a great friend and supporter of the WFAE, and for me personally, as its president. Please stay tuned we as we remember and honor his many achievements and quiet gifts through the year.

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Best wishes for a healthy and productive 2018.

Sincerely Yours,

Ways of Listening, Figures of Thought: A Festschrift for R. Murray Schafer on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday


While living in Amherst, MA and traveling in Europe this spring, I co-edited a 72-page book with Sabine Breitsameter, entitled Ways of Listening, Figures of Thought: A Festschrift for R. Murray Schafer On the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. Published in July by Hochschule Darmstadt, the Festschrift collects statements from 25 internationally esteemed authors, composers, and researchers as a tribute to Schafer, the renowned Canadian composer, founder of the World Soundscape Project and the interdisciplinary field of Acoustic Ecology.

At Murray Schafer’s tribute concert and dinner on July 18, Sabine and I presented him with the Festschrift, along with the latest issue of the annual Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology, at the 2013 Stratford Summer Music Festival. July 18th is significant as it is both Murray Schafer’s 80th birthday and World Listening Day.

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The Tuning of the World, NAE article 1994

In August 1993 I attended Tuning of the World, the First International Conference on Acoustic Ecology at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. With around 150 other people I played a very small part in starting the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Lou Mallozzi and I wrote an article about the conference published in the New Art Examiner. Here is scan in PDF format for download.

New Art Examiner was based in Chicago, the Midwest’s premiere regional arts journal, publishing from 1973 to 2002.

In October, I began serving as the Vice President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. In 2012 I expect to become President replacing fellow WFAE members Nigel Frayne and Hill Kobayashi.

Visit my Articles & Reviews page to find other writings of mine.

Online Report Published in WFAE Newsletter

headerThe World Forum for Acoustic Ecology’s WFAE Newsletter published my brief report about Megalópolis sonoras: Identidad cultural y sonidos en peligro de extinción (Sound Megalopolis: Cultural Identity and Sounds in danger of extinction) in the May-June, 2009 issue. This conference was hosted by the Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology at Fonoteca Nacional, 23-27 March, 2009 in Mexico City.

Look under the Observations and Commentary section for links to my report (PDF and HTML) plus papers and reports by Nigel Frayne, Hildegard Westerkamp, Vivienne Spiteri, Randolph Jordan, and others. The WFAE Newsletter Archive provides access to all its back issues published since July 2004.

Report from Sound Megalópolis In Mexico City

A brief conference report on Megalópolis Sonoras: Sonidos en peligro de extinción (Sound Megalopolis: Cultural Identity and Sounds in danger of extinction) organized by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) and the recently founded Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology. The conference took place March 23–27 at the gorgeous Fonoteca Nacional in the beautiful Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City.

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