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.

The Arcade | Chicago Curates Columbia: Audio Arts and Acoustics

I recently helped students in Jesse Seay’s sound class use piezo disc contact microphones to build amplified sound sculptures and instruments for public interaction at The Arcade, an exhibition space at Columbia College Chicago. Their handmade electroacoustic creations were very fun and effective. The show runs for one month and closes May 2, 2014.

gallery photo In addition to piezo disc contact microphones, Jesse’s students made many simple light-sensitive oscillators grouped together in a wonderful installation room within the gallery, and in one playful—and soundful—sculptural object.

Soundfest review published

photo by Cole Morgan

photo by Cole Morgan

On Saturday, March 30 I was among the artists performing and presenting installations for Soundfest at Amherst College. Katharine Duke’s review was published on Wednesday, April 3rd, with photos by Cole Morgan and Rob Mattson, including an audio excerpt of my piece, “Similaria” here: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/campusbuzz/node/462685

Artists participating in Soundfest included faculty and alumni of Amherst College, local artists, and Copeland Fellows like myself, a part of the 2012–13 Copeland Colloquium: “Art in Place / the Place of Art.”

Photos From AUDIOPARC Launch In Laval, Québec

Launch of a series of sonic art events curated by Magali Babin and hosted by Galerie Verticale in Laval, Québec. On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 Natalia Petkova performed, with amplified horns transmitting their sounds to handheld, portable FM radios. Jen Reimer and Max Stein collaboratively performed a multi-channel sound composition. Douglas Moffat installed a sound and video work. Following the soundwalks Andra McCartney and I each led on Saturday afternoon, Andra and I discussed our history, ideas, and current activities in soundwalking. Andra McCartney wrote about our soundwalks on her Soundwalking Interactions blog. My talk described the efforts of the World Listening Project and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

AUDIOPARC took place around the Métro de la Concorde. AUDIOPARC continues through 2013, and AUDIOPARC is meant to present new and captivating projects with the bold idea to make Laval a playground for the ears. Featured artists in 2013 are Patrice Coulombe and Kathy Kennedy. Photos by Alexis Bellavance and Eric Leonardson. Production: Galerie Verticale

Link to the AUDIOPARC Flickr photo set at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCSJKtu

Original Instruments Concert, Live at the RAM, 4-22-12

Album coverBlondena Music has released the live recording of the first concert of original music performed on original instruments at the Racine Art Museum, by Hal Rammel, Wilhelm Matthies, the Kenosha FreeGagaku Ensemble, and myself.

Download or stream the recordings and see photos of the instruments and performers here on Blondena Music.

Bachet Concerts Friday, September 30 at MCA

Gregory O’Drobinak, Eric Leonardson, and Ed Herrmann
play the Baschet Aluminum Piano

Aluminum Piano (c. 1962)

Aluminum Piano (c. 1962). Photo by Eric Leonardson (2011)

2:00 pm, Friday, September 30

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

Admission to the museum is $12 or $7 students. Free for SAIC students. No extra charge for the performance.

This is another chance to hear a rare musical instrument – the “aluminum piano” designed by Francois and Bernard Baschet, and owned by the Museum of Contemporary Art. The performance will last about 45 minutes and is part of  “Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement Art of the 1960s,” an exhibition that runs through October.

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Baschet Brothers Musical Sculpture

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Aluminum Piano with Ed Herrmann and Timothy Grundydetail of Baschet's Aluminun PianoEd Herrmann tests Baschet Brothers Aluminum Piano

Baschet Brother’s musical sculpture, a set on Flickr.

Friday, July 1 at 2–3 p.m. 4th floor, in the museum’s gallery experimental musicians Hal Rammel, Eric Leonardson, and Ed Herrmann will play and accompany François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano (1962). Free with museum admission.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

This performance is a part of the exhibition Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s
July 1 – October 30, 2011
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Just Listen photos from Fergus Kelly

Just Listen, a set by Fergus Kelly on Flickr.

My friend Fergus Kelly from Dublin posted this lovely set of photos of performances from Just Listen, in Cork, Ireland. The shots of David Toop and The Quiet Club were taken on Friday, before I arrived. Pauline Oliveros and John Godfrey performed as a duo on Saturday before me, at CIT Cork School of Music.

Via Flickr:
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Cork School Of Music

April 2011