Moving Between Two or More Places | Broadcast Sunday, September 2

Moving Between Two Or More Places, a work for radio airs on Radiokunst – Kunstradio

Sunday, September 2. 11:03 pm – 11:59 pm (CEST) / 4:03 pm – 4:59 pm (CDT)

Listen to the stream online at ÖRF (Austrian Public Radio)

This work for Kunstradio reimagines and reflects the diversity and relationships of acoustic communications I personally hear and create in urban and suburban soundscapes. My recent travels and residencies in Chicago, Austria, and Germany serve both as a theme and a source of sounds. These tones and noises come from simple handheld and handmade electronic instruments, field recordings, and computer-based audio manipulation.

Over a month-long residency at AIR Krems, a week in Augsburg, and early this year, at the Ragdale artists community, I experimented with many physical and digital objects and materials, and even a piano. Featuring prominently are resynthesized sounds of a public address announcement and passing trains in Vienna, fireworks in Krems, and my tabletop experiments with voice, inductors and electromagnetic fields, and a self-built light-sensing oscillator. Piezoelectric vibration sensors on my larynx and pencil amplified the bodily movements of writing and speech. A friend’s accidental cell phone call and long recorded message, made while she walked steadily at 120 bpm, provided a rhythmic, noisy and humorous artifact of everyday experiences in mobility and wireless transmission.

Some sounds conceal their origins once recorded. The idling boat engine on the Danube River could be a low note on contra bass. Cold winter wind blowing through brittle dried burdock in the prairie, with a faraway train horn, offers an odd perspective; such extremes of distal and proximal sounds, recorded in one place at one time, make it seem artificial.

Two summer outdoor soundscapes also appear. Now in Chicago, different species of cicadas produce a whine very similar to electrical transformers and my digital processes. They mix with the flyovers of air traffic approaching O’Hare International Airport. While both are relentless, soon the cicadas will pass. Outdoors in Augsburg, trams, cars, and lawnmowers dominated while I played my oscillators harmonized with the machinery. My newly invented instrument, the Schaschliktstäben Violin leads us out at this piece’s conclusion.

Framework Radio #561 the World Listening Day Episode

framework radio #561 WLD 2016So much was happening on World Listening Day last week I couldn’t find time to mention that extracts of one my field recordings are included in framework radio episode #561. Below are words about framework and my recording.

Framework radio is a weekly internationally broadcast program on phonography and field recording. It has been produced by Patrick McGinley since 2002 and is available for listening online as well as downloadable podcast. As World Listening Day is on R. Murray Schafer’s birthday, this episode features parts of his “Winter Diary” broadcast on Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR) and the Vancouver Soundscape recordings. Among other recordings are those by eminent nature sound recordists and arts, including Dan Dugan, Jeremy Hegge, and Ricardo Huisman. Some of these recordings are on Udo Noll’s annual “audio snapshot” of the world specially made of field recordings uploaded on the at the aporee soundmap for World Listening Day. Continue reading

World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost & Found | The 606 Soundscape

606soundscapeFor World Listening Day 2016, I have organized a cohort of teaching artists and musicians who will transform our experience of The 606 & Bloomingdale Trail soundscape in Chicago this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 16–18. Events will actively engage in new ways of outdoor listening and sound making. Please visit the 606 Soundscape blog and Facebook Events for the full schedule. Attendance is free and open to all ages.

Along with performances and soundwalks, a global virtual symposium hosted through #SoundCon and the World Listening Project, celebrates World Listening Day 2016 “Sounds Lost and Found.” I give my brief keynote at 8:00 PM (Central time), following Sunday evening’s Sound Treasure Hunt. Watch the live stream via YouTube LIVE.

The 606 Soundscape project is made possible, in part, with support of the Chicago Park District and Trust for Public Lands.

June 5: Lecture in Klingt Gut! Symposium on Sound

klang_enOn Friday, June 5 I give a lecture on “Soundscape Awareness” at 3:00pm in “Lecture 3: Understanding Sound” with lectures until 6:00pm by Helmut Wittek: On the Sound of Microphones, and Lars Ohlendorf: Funktionale Klänge. Continue reading

Radius Episode 63, SoundTent at Camp Sherwin May 2

On International Dawn Chorus Day I am inviting local citizens to join me at the shoreline of Lake Michigan at 5:00-6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2. My “SoundTent” will be located on the beach one block east of Sheridan Road, 20 paces past 1205 W Sherwin Avenue, in Chicago.

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Episode 63: Eric Leonardson

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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.

24 January, Mixage Fou 80-Second Sound Competition In Festival REC

Saturday 24th 8:30 to 10:00 CET/GMT +1 at Gaîté Lyrique (Paris)

Christopher Preissing and I are honored to serve as US Coordinators of the Mixage Fou 80-Second Sound Competition. Winners will be announced today in the festival •REC http://gaite-lyrique.net/festival/rec with Phonurgia Nova, France Culture, La Seminae du Son, and Mixage Fou. Listen to the submissions at http://www.mixagefou.com/mixagefou2014/.

If you want to follow us sign on at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mixage-fou-festival-rec-event from 20.30 to follow the evening Mixage Fou Artists: Julien Belon, Roland Cahen, Collective Sound Checks, One Life Remains, Vianney Aubé, Haithem Bellil and streaming from Chicago with Eric Leonardson.

Phonophon 5 Year Anniversary Double-CD

Phonophon compilation CD

 

I am pleased to announce [rec.phonophon], a new double CD release celebrating the fifth year of the Phonophon concert series of phonography and experimental music in Frankfurt am Main.

Curated by the Verein zur Förderung von Phonographie und experimenteller Musik (society for the advancement of phonography an experimental music), Phonophon has featured more than 50 concerts with local, national and international artists.

As a participating artist in 2012 my contribution to the project is “Howard CTA Station (Live Dec. 2013).”

The CD is in an edition of 500. “40 tracks give the listener the chance to go on a trip through a diverse and ever expanding sound universe.” To order a copy, listen to samples, etc., please visit http://compilation.phonophon.de/. All proceeds help organize future projects.

 

Saturday, March 22 – 3WDS14 – New York

program3WDS14 – NEW YORK NODE – EAR TO THE EARTH

I have a new electroacoustic composition premiering in the “Hydrosonics” program, part of the World Water Wheel on Saturday, March 22 in New York.
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Saturday, December 7, Performance by Jay Needham and Report on Acoustic Ecology

3PM Saturday, December 7
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Admission free, more details at www.mwsae.org.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) hosts a performance by sound artist and President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), Jay Needham, entitled This is a Recording, a work for radio and video.

I will provide a brief report on national and international activities in the field of acoustic ecology, with respect to the ASAE and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) in my introduction. I have been serving as WFAE President since 2012. Jay and I have collaborated on sound performances since 2011, and work together as board members of the ASAE.

The program will conclude with ample time for questions and answers with Needham and anyone interested the activities of the MSAE.

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