Eric Leonardson, Chris Reilly, Ben Miller at Light Box, Saturday April 28

Saturday April 28 I am honored to perform with local sound artists and instrument makers, Chris Reilly and Ben Miller.

Light Box
8641 Linwood St.
Detroit MI 48206
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This will be our first public performance for us three together. Chris Reilly works with similar devices to my Springboard plus software-based instruments and visual projections. Ben Miller’s estimable achievements in the Detroit/Ann Arbor post-punk scene, and current performance with his self-deconstructed multi-phonic guitar promises to fill out the sonic splendor of this evening. Continue reading

Workshop: Eco-sensing and the Soundscape at Light Box

Eco-sensing and the Soundscape Workshop

Saturday, April 28 at 10 AM – 1 PM EDT

Light Box, 8641 Linwood St, Detroit, Michigan 48206

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Master of Design in Sustainable Environments, Iowa State University

On Monday, March 26 I have the honor of being a guest of Iowa State University’s Master of Design in Sustainable Environments, where I will give my talk on Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape.

This talk discusses several ongoing projects that intersected in 2015, under the name “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape,” a studio course taught in the fall of 2015 at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By connecting concepts and practices of acoustic ecology with the hacking aesthetic of art and technology the course sought to open up possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations, offer new understandings of our environments and our boundaries, locations, and our roles within them as artists, designers, and listeners. New collaborations and new contexts have developed that extend beyond the classroom and studio, to actively engage public awareness in the ecologies of sound, listening, and environment.

Workshop: Listening Above and Below; Eco-Sensing DIY

Be it for live electronic music or field research, making handheld sensors are core methods and devices for learning about sound maps and embodied sensing through an introduction to “ear cleaning,” soundwalking and hands-on hydrophone making.

One of the goals of this talk and workshop is to draw people from ISU’s music school, design college, and engineering program.

I organized a virtual panel discussion on Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape for Balance-Unbalance 2017 in Plymouth, Chicago, Brisbane, and New York, archived on video here.

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,
Eric

Invisible Places 2017

On Friday, April 8 Amanda Gutierrez and I led a workshop entitled How do soundwalks engage urban communities in soundscape awareness? for Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. With Norman W. Long in Chicago, fellow teaching artist who led soundwalks in our Soundwalks In the Parks last year, contributing, Amanda and I provided ideas and, of course, a soundwalk. A productive discussion discussion concluded the workshop. My colleague from Berlin, Antonella Radicchi posted an excellent text and images about the overall conference experience, including our workshop, and her presentation on the Hush City app, “…developed to empower local communities to identify, map and evaluate quietness on their neighborhoods.”

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Eric Leonardson leads workshop participants in “Ear Cleaning” exercise in preparation for the soundwalk. Photo by Amanda Gutierrez, 2017

Amanda and I will post our own workshop report for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Soundwalk In Ryerson Woods | Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Brushwood Logo.smallAn invitation to Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s next soundwalk in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
847.968.3343
info@brushwoodcenter.org

$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.

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On this soundwalk I will be engage participants in their experience of the wooded soundscape, and making a sound map of the place, bounded by the Des Plaines River and River Woods Road. A soundwalk, as I offered in this piece, may be conducted in many different ways.

The short “What is a soundwalk?” video offers a media introduction on this practice.

Listening ahead, the final three soundwalks in Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s 2016 Night Out In the Parks series happen in December, in these parks on these dates, with these teaching artists:

  • Washington Park, Saturday, December 11 led by Norman W. Long
  • West Ridge Nature Preserve, Saturday, December 18 led by Eric Leonardson
  • Garfield Park Conservatory, Wednesday, December 21 led by Amanda Gutierrez

Please visit Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology exact times, details. To receive email updates, subscribe to my newsletter. Thanks!

Report from Balance-Unbalance 2016 in Manizales, Colombia

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Jardín Botánica in Manizales, Colombia on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Greetings! Here is some news from Balance-Unbalance in Manizales. Following my “Eco-sensing” talk on Monday, I presented briefly in a large global Live Audio Streaming Panel with Grant Smith on Wednesday. Video of the panel stream is now archived here on YouTube.

We enjoyed discussing our experiences and ideas about real time location-based audio and environmental listening with a large host of brilliant artists and researchers. It was genuinely a global panel with participants from Australia, Estonia, Korea, Japan, England, and USA.

BunB2015data-scienceThursday and Friday at the Universidad de Caldas, adjacent to the Jardín Botánica, we’re having the “Sounding Colombia” workshop led by members of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology: Scott Smallwood and Stephan Moore of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Emmanuel Galvan of the Foro Mexicano de Ecología Acústica (Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology), with Grant Smith of the UK-based SoundCamp.

Balance-Unbalance 2016 helps convene people with a great body of knowledge and ideas. We can come together again for World Listening Day: Sounds Lost and Found on Monday, July 18, and through the week of July 16th-22nd, to explore one of most important ways we have to understand and design our world, through soundscape awareness and listening.

All the best,
Eric

Bison Herd at Crane Trust, Platte River

This American Bison herd lives at the Crane Trust and is one of the few that are genetically pure. Researchers are studying their restorative ecological role for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River, in Nebraska. We observed them during the Grassland Soundscapes Workshop, organized by the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network (on Facebook) on July 13-18.

I recorded this four days before World Listening Day 2015. This year’s theme was “H2O.” For the workshop I gave a talk on “Ways of Listening” with a group of over 20 participating engineers, scientists, and artists interested in soundscape ecology.

GSSN Grassland Soundscapes Workshop

On July 12–18 I am participating in the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network Grasslands Soundscape Workshop, beginning at the Crane Trust, 98 miles west of Lincoln, NE. I participate in a roundtable with Chris Bocast on performance strategies, and Friday afternoon we are in Sioux Falls, SD where I give a talk on “ways of listening.” GSSN started in 2011 with the core aim of “…bringing together ecologists (landscape ecologists and conservation biologists), acoustic ecologists (from the creative arts) and acousticians and psychoacousticians (scientists that study sound and how people perceive sound) to coordinate studies in diverse soundscapes around the world.” Saturday, July 18 is also World Listening Day 2015 H2O. I hope to engage participants in its virtual symposium with Water Wheel and Biosphere Soundscapes.

June 4: Klingt Gut! / Sounds Good! Field Recording Workshop, Hamburg

klang_enOn Thursday, June 4 I lead a field recording workshop for the Klingt Gut! / Sounds Good! Symposium on Sound, presented by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the Audio Engineering Society Hamburg Student Section at the Arts and Media Campus Hamburg, Germany.

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