Ragdale Residency | January 2015

In January I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at Ragdale, a non-profit artists’ community in Lake Forest, Illinois. The estate includes live-in studios and a 50-acre prairie. My 25-day residency will provide time for many interests. This includes studio work, writing, class preparation, tour planning, and acoustic ecology. I will lead a public soundwalk for the World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology at the Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on Sunday, January 25.

Ragdale 2015

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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.

9/11 Memorial Broadcast On WFMT

Sunday, September 11 between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. (Central US time)

WFMT 98.7 FM observes the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with Flags From Ashes, music and text conceived as a memorial for Sept. 11, 2001.

WFMT asked Latin American composer, Elbio Barilari to create a special work for radio broadcast to observe this day of peace and remembrance. I was invited to perform in Elbio’s group assembled for this project, recorded Wednesday, August 24 in the WFMT sound studio.

Amy Conn, Soprano
Andrew Royal, Violin
Eric Leonardson, Springboard
Andy Cohn, Piano
Kalyan Pathak, Tablas
Elbio Barilari, Bandoneon, electric guitar
Dan Godston, Trumpet

The broadcast includes text by Spanish novelist and journalist, Antonio Munoz Molina, read by WFMT’s Peter Whorf, and excerpts from Dirge For Two Veterans, by Walt Whitman, sang in English by Amy Conn and spoken by Elbio Barilari, in Spanish. Post-production and mix, Joshua Savageau, Cydne Gillard, Elbio Barilari at WFMT 98.7 studios.

If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to “Flags From Ashes” here:

[audio:https://ericleonardson.org/audio/Flags From Ashes.mp3]