re:flexions / sound-art festival 2018

Friday, July 20, I am performing with musicians Anja Kreysing (from Muenster) and Donatella Bartolomei (from Italy) in the re:flexions sound-art festival.

Abraxas
Sommestr. 30
Augsburg, Germany 86156
www.abraxas.augsburg.de/

presented by attenuation circuit

re:flexions / sound-art festival 2018 Teaser from LDX #40 on Vimeo.

13 artists joining for 5 unique collaborations

“For each 30 min long performance, two to three artists collaborate for the very first time. They work on a new composition or improvise together. Therefore resulting in a unique exchange of various experimental and cultural styles.”

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June 11: Stara Mestna Elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

My first concert in Ljubljana happens Thursday, 11 June at Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana, thanks to CONA | institute for contemporary arts processing:

Eric Leonardson (ZDA) and Martin Brandlmayr (AUT)

Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 21.00
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
Slomškova 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Entrance fee: 5,00€
Reserve your ticket: cona.institute(at)gmail.com

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May 15: HOME RADIATION at Defibrillator

HOME RADIATION

Defibrillator is proud to present

ANNA FRIZ, JEFF KOLAR, ERIC LEONARDSON

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HOME RADIATION

Performing with radiophonic instruments, unique homemade electronics, micro-watt transmitters, and re-purposed objects, ANNA FRIZ, JEFF KOLAR and ERIC LEONARDSON create intimate atmospheres traversing acoustic and electro-magnetic space. Together their work can be characterized as a mindful collaboration with vibrational surfaces and unstable circuits; and with subtle treatments of potentially noisy, often lo-fi materials from which highly detailed landscapes emerge. Though all three artists have worked with one another in various constellations in Chicago and internationally, this concert is their premiere outing as a trio.

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The Arcade | Chicago Curates Columbia: Audio Arts and Acoustics

I recently helped students in Jesse Seay’s Sound Art Electronics 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.

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.

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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Invisible Places | Sounding Cities Symposium

poster invisible placesI am working on the international scientific committee for Invisible Places | Sounding Cities, a symposium on sound, urbanism, and sense of place happening 18–20 July, 2014 in Viseu, Portugal. The call for submissions was announced January 13.

Three sections will be featured with a keynote by Jean-Paul Thibaud from CRNS at CRESSON for the section on Architecture and Urban Planning. Keynote speaker Brandon Labelle heads the section on Urban Sounds, Identity and Sense of Place, and Salomé Voegelin is our keynote speaker for Sound Art As Public Art. The symposium enjoys the support of a large arts festival called Jardins Efémeros in association with several other institutions and organizations, including the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. The conference includes numerous soundwalks, concerts—including my own solo performance—sound installations, and a solo concert and workshop by Francisco López.

Special Seminar, “Sound, Silence and Acoustic Ecology”

On Thursday June 20 I will present in a seminar on “Sound, Silence and Acoustic Ecology.” This is an invitation-only event held in conjunction with the Silence Exhibition, curated by Alex van Oss. The exhibition is open to the public at the Embassy of Finland on June 29-30 and July 13-14, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
www.finland.org

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November 20, X-Act Sound On Free Radio SAIC

poster design by Fred Henzel, 2012

X-Act Sound, a live one-hour radio listening experience created by students of Eric Leonardson’s Introduction To Sound course, at the SAIC Department of Sound.

Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM (US CST / GMT -6)

Listen at Free Radio SAIC

What you can expect to hear: sounds made live and recorded in the field and in the studio, using microphones, tape loops, modular synthesizer, analog and Pro Tools mixing, laptop edits-on-the-fly, broken connections, audio captured on the Internet, electronic music, musique concrète, voices, contact microphones amplifying machines, bicycles, coils in electromagnetic fields, silence, and more…Login to chat with us while we are “on the air.”

Free Radio SAIC is the student-run Internet radio station of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We use an open programming format and encourage our DJs to explore and experiment with the medium of live radio. Program content and style vary but generally include music from all genres, sound art, narratives, live performances, current events and interviews.

This show will be be available afterward on the archive.

July 27, Chronography: Animal in 46. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2012

grammophone and dog in Antarctica

Dog Chris Listening to the gramophone, Antarctica, Herbert Ponting 1911. Used with permission from the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington New Zealand.

Jay Needham and Eric Leonardson perform Chronography: Animal 22:00 Friday, July 27

Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD)
603qm Alexanderstr. 264283 Darmstadt (Atelier Elektronik)

This event happens within the Soundscape Composition program featuring Hildegard Westerkamp, and is organized in cooperation with the 46. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2012 (46th International Summer Course for New Music 2012) and The Global Composition: Conference on Sound, Media, and Environment.

Chronography: animal is a live electro-acoustic work based on field recordings that Jay Needham gathered in Antarctica in 2009. For this work, antique gramophone horns have been re-purposed and are now used as amplified instruments, percussive bells that resonate, clang and chime. It is the traveling of these sound machines into the wilds that initially fascinated Needham and eventually lead him to create sound sculptures that often times blur the line between musical instruments and scientific apparatus. For listeners, the work is intended as an audible exploration, a pseudo–scientific demonstration where the sounds of ship propellers, penguin colonies and ice fractures gather to express an epistemology of field recordings and the role that sound technologies have played in exploration and musical performance. Chronography: animal is conceived of as a bridge to connect practices of improvised music and sound art that evokes a sense of place.

The program

Hildegard Westerkamp: Kits Beach Soundwalk

Jay Needham: Chronography: animal (Uraufführung)
A live sound art work for re-purposed gramophone horns and Antarctic field recordings
Performers: Eric Leonardson, Jay Needham

Hildegard Westerkamp: Gently Penetrating beneath the sounding surfaces of another place

Hildegard Westerkamp: Attending to Sacred Matters

Show us your . . . springboard | Chicago Reader

Eric Leonardson with Springboard

Eric Leonardson in his studio (Enemy) with Springboard. Photo by Andrea Bauer, 2012.

Kevin Warwick wrote this short and sweet feature on the Springboard and me for the Chicago Reader. Published on January 19, 2012 in its “Show us your [____]” series, I feel surprised I’ve been playing it for 18 years. Thanks to Kevin and Andrea Bauer, who took the photos.