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World Listening Day 2017 | Listening to the Ground

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18.
This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground”

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”—Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

In addition to this year’s theme, WLD 2017 reflects and honors the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, who died at age 84 on 26 November 2016.

American composer, accordionist and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros authored books, formulated new music theories, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”.

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Join The Calling Frog Survey & Singing Insect Monitoring Program

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2014 West Ridge Nature Preserve restoration plan.

Among our new partnerships in 2016, MSAE is pleased to support two upcoming training sessions for The Call Frog Survey, initiated by Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Singing Insect Monitoring Program initiated by Carl Strang and Chicago Park District’s North Park Village Nature Center. Our cohort discussed implementation of these “citizen science” efforts with the park and museum staff.

We are working to schedule a time to meet and discuss the Calling Frog Survey winter workshops before they start in February. Beginning and experienced monitors are welcome to participate. The first workshop is Saturday, February 11 10:00am-Noon at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Acoustic monitoring of amphibian and insect populations plays a key role in assessing eco-system health. Our data helps detect population changes before extinction and invasion, as well as assess the effects of land and water quality management, including ecological restoration efforts.

We look forward to sharing more details about the Singing Insect Monitoring Program, to be confirmed soon.

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Ryerson Woods Soundwalk Map

Here’s the hand-drawn map our soundwalkers made, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on 20 November, 2016, noting the various sounds heard on-site around Ryerson Cabin on the Des Plaines River.

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Sound map made by soundwalkers. Photo by Eric Leonardson.

Below is a map of the route, starting from the Brushwood Center to Ryerson Cabin and back. Open Ryerson house to Ryerson cabin to view the route and photos taken along the path.

This soundwalk was led by me, Eric Leonardson with support from the Brushwood Center. As noted in the hand-drawn map shown in the photo above, among the sounds heard were small airplanes flying overhead, Sandhill Cranes, ducks (species unidentified), Flicker and another unidentified woodpecker, burbling water in the river, and our footsteps on dry leaves and mulch.

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Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in December

Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape

image_007 image_008Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape

 

Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explores our relationship with all the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist. For all ages—admission free.

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Soundwalk Through Ryerson Woods

brushwood-logo-smallDiscover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson.

1 PM – 3 PM Sunday, November 20

Listen to voices of the forest; nature’s symphony, a soundscape of the woodland’s people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist, a poet of nature’s symphony.

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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Lake County Forest Preserve Trail Map (PDF)

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Arts & Nature Calumet 50th Anniversary Celebration, NPS Centennial

anniversarylogoJoin us for “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide” at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore celebrating its 50th Anniversary and the National Park Service’s Centennial.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street
Gary, IN  46403

Free admission, all ages

Activities include:

  • Soundwalk at 11:00 a.m. along the Miller Trail co-led by MaryAm Ghadiri and Ben Gottesman
  • Nature-inspired art making for youth and adults (ongoing)
  • Poetry readings and performances 1-3:00 p.m.

Art making activities include leaf poem collage, mixed media artworks, poetry readings and performances for and by youth and adults from the Calumet Region, including Gary and Chicago.

This event is a partnership of Borderbend Arts Collective with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Calumet Artist Residency, Center for Global Soundscapes, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

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Video: Soundwalks in Chicago parks

Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, What is a soundwalk?

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These soundwalks are free, open to the public and for all ages; led by teaching artists Amanda Gutierrez, Norman W. Long, and me with support from the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks program.

We hope you can join us, experience your own Chicago soundscapes, and help answer the frequently asked question, “What is a soundwalk?”

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Sound Art Installations for Ear Taxi Festival, October 5-10, Chicago

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Alongside the adventuresome concerts, lectures, and artist receptions being presented at the first-ever Ear Taxi Festival, October 5-10, 2016, will be five innovative sound installations created by award-winning Chicago composers and mounted around the city throughout the Festival. These free and open-to-the-public installations incorporate video, virtual reality and live performance.
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Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in October & November

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Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape:

  • Saturday, October 29 3:30–5:00 pm Washington Park with Norman W. Long. Meet in the Sculpture Garden at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. View map

  • Wednesday, November 2 from 6:00-7:00 join us to walk with the Community Procession, celebrating Dia de Muertos with ElevArte Community Studio. After the procession, Amanda Gutiérrez* leads a soundwalk from 7:00–8:00 pm. Meet at Fieldhouse at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. This is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program.

Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explores our relationship with all the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist. For all ages—admission free.

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Nature on Tap! The Sounds of Summer – Music of the Night, September 7

Nature on Tap

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
6-9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 7

Enjoy this once-a-month chance to explore the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum kid-free. Stroll through the exhibits, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, with a craft beer or a glass of wine. Bring your friends and enter the trivia competition or play board games while you listen to live music. Meet some of our resident animals at a live critter connection.

This month’s theme: The Sounds of Summer- Music of the Night

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and local musicians KG Price (percussion), Jen Hill (cello), Frank Harrer (invented instruments), and Christopher Preissing (flute) will engage you in their nature inspired music.

Join us for a soundwalk led by Eric Leonardson exploring our nighttime soundscape.

There is a symphony to witness outdoors on a summer night- from the wind rustling through the trees to a chorus of cicadas. Learn how nature has been one of the world’s best musical inspirations.

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