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World Listening Day 2014 Soundwalk in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park – Friday, July 18

6:00 pm, Friday, July 18

 

Lurie Gardens, Millennium Park

Lurie Gardens, Millennium Park

Join us on World Listening Day for a public soundwalk in Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden. This year’s theme is “Listen To You!”

Friday’s Soundwalk will be led by Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) members Matthew Griffin and Norman Long. Meet at 6:00 pm at the south end of Lurie Garden under the pedestrian bridge across the street from the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Click for more information about the Lurie Garden and for a map of the Lurie Garden.

After enjoying the sounds of Lurie Garden and Millennium Park, join us for a reception at ARU studio space, located at 625 N Michigan Ave.

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World Listening Day 2014 At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Saturday, July 19

1:00 pm Saturday, July 19

 

Soundwalk at Miller Woods, May 2014

Soundwalk at Miller Woods, May 2014

Join us for a public soundwalk in Miller Woods for World Listening Day 2014. This year’s theme is “Listen To You!”

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) member Monica Ryan will open your senses to the soundscapes of the oak savannah and wetlands marsh in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, with its surrounding mix of wildlife habitat and steel industry.

Meet us on Saturday, July 19 at the Paul H. Douglas Environmental Education Center, 100 N Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403

In some places along the walk mosquitoes may be present and abundant. Wearing long sleeves and pants will help avoid bites. This event is free to public and supported by the U.S. National Park Service.

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Invitation to 2014 World Listening Day – “Listen To You!” – July 18

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day on July 18, 2014.

Our theme is “Listen To You!”WLP logo

  • How do you make yourself heard by others ?
  • How do you listen and what do you hear when you want to be unseen?
  • How might the sounds you produce adapt to your nearby environment?
  • What might a “listening ethic” be?
  • How might such an ethic apply to understanding the relationship between all living beings?

Please visit www.worldlisteningproject.org and help us get the word out. Since 2010 thousands people and organizations have observed and celebrated this annual event. This year promises to be another exciting time to learn out about all the dynamic ideas and approaches they have.

Participate in the 2014 World Listening Day by emailing worldlistening@gmail.com about your plans. Please be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line or download the 2013 World Listening Day participation form here. Thanks!

 

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Classroom Acoustical Environments and Student Achievement – May 29

6:00pm Thursday, May 29

Join Ravenswood Elementary School and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) for the presentation, “Effects of Classroom Acoustical Environments on Student Achievement” by Lauren M. Ronsse, PhD.

Ravenswood Elementary School, 4332 N. Paulina St. Chicago, IL 60613

Admission is free to the public.

Dr. Lauren Ronsse is a Assistant Professor of Acoustics in the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department at Columbia College Chicago. Eric Leonardson will introduce the meeting and moderate the discussion. Leonardson is an artist, MSAE founder, Director of the World Listening Project, President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sound transmission and reception is an essential aspect of communication and the environment. Among the outcomes of this meeting will be a discussion on how building design and construction affect quality of teaching and learning. Improved acoustic environments will benefit both children and adults. Our discussion aims to find ways to improve upon existing building structures, while creating effective strategies and opportunities for the future of acoustical design and architecture.
Click to Save Link to the MSAE Ravenswood Elementary flyer

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Soundwalk in the Dunes – Saturday, May 24

1:00 PM May 24, 2014

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 100 N. Lake Street in Gary, IndianaListening for the Future Soundwalk

Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology as they teach visitors to listen to the symphony of sounds of nature and humans in Miller Woods. This program begins at 1:00 pm Central Time inside the Douglas Center with listening tips and weather permitting, continues outdoors.

Travel between Chicago and Northwest Indiana is available on the South Shore Line. Visit www.nictd.com for schedules, fares, maps, and stations.

This program is part of the free Saturday open house programs at the Douglas Center. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact the park information desk at 219-395-1882.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov/indu.

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WFAE Conferences In 2014 | Call For Abstracts and Audioworks In March

Two important events will take place in 2014, endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). Sound In the Land is a 4-day festival and conference happening June 5-9 at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Invisible Places | Sounding Cities is a 3-day symposium on sound, urbanism and sense of place happening on July 18-20 in Viseu, Portugal within the annual Jardins Efémeros (Ephemeral Gardens) arts festival.

Submissions and proposals for Sound In the Land will be accepted until March 15, 2014. The deadline for submissions (abstracts and audioworks) for Invisible Places has been extended to March 31, 2014.

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MCA recap: Our Sonic Playground

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On October 22nd Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) founder Eric Leonardson fronted a well-attended evening of participatory play at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in an effort to bring awareness to the social, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of sound. Leonardson, with the help of MSAE members and staff and faculty from the School of Art Institute Chicago, organized a diversified program of listening exercises that included guided soundwalks, pop-up listening stations, sound mapping, and a phonography performance.

At the beginning of the evening visitors gathered under the MCA’s Kern Terrace for a short introduction to the program which was titled Our Sonic Playground. Leonardson spoke elegantly of the relationship, mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment. Folks were encouraged to actively engage through concentrated listening at the pop-up listening stations and among the black faux-marble floors, steel columns, and industrial lighting of the MCA. Paper and pencil were handed out to participants as they deployed themselves around the museum. Trace, gesture and sound patterns were to emerge in a process of multi-perceptual experience. Listening next to the sliced mobiles of Alexander Calder one might have literally drawn a distinction between sound that is omnidirectional and vision that is unidirectional. Emphasized throughout the program were exercises that led listeners to create, share, and connect with each other around content relevant to the core mission of the MSAE while remaining uninhibited to construct their own meaning from experience.

Pop-up listening stations were separated between three levels of the MCA and staged to introduce unconventional entrances into deeper listening. In short these pop-ups were an assembly of small listening systems that included inductors applied in an electromagnetic field, contact microphones submerged in thawing ice, friction mallets spontaneously stricken on smooth MCA surfaces and resonant structures, accelerometers placed on the museum’s signature staircase, and a parabolic reflector collecting and converging sound energy toward the focus of distant sources. Depending on which pop-up, sounds were diffused by either headphones or speakers. Collectively these systems generated a central question that asked how it is we interpret sound phenomena that embody specific places. Leonardson touched on this in his opening address, “Sounds are all around us, creating our environments, our sense of place and influencing our social interactions.”

In the Kanter Room a remote listening station was devised by SAIC faculty member Lindsey French with the input of students enrolled in her Sensing the Landscape course. A hand-drawn map of the city of Chicago was projected onto the wall with different points of light on the map vibrating and distorting according to an audio signal. Each of these points corresponded to live audio signals streaming from domestic interiors. These sounds were played on speakers inside the darkened and semi-isolated Kanter Room. It was transfixing to watch points of light swell and recede according to the amplitude, attack, and familial occupation of sound. Philosopher Jean-Francois Augoyard reasoned in Sonic Experience: A Guide To Everyday Sounds that sound should be understood primarily as temporality. The illuminated expansion and contraction of sound depicted on French’s map seemed to underpin Augoyard’s proposition; pointing further towards the paradox that embodies sound: that which is used to propagate it also extinguishes it. (Time).

Sensing the Environment: sound map

For the phonography performance at the end of the evening unfamiliar participants brought an array of their own collected field recordings to play back as an ensemble. In the sound ecology formulation, hi-fi soundscape is generally associated with sparse wilderness and rural landscapes and low-fi is often associated with urban and industrial soundscapes. Over the thirty minutes of this improvised performance disparate soundscapes were merged inconceivably, collapsing narrative and leaving only texture in its wake.

By continuing to provide these kinds of participatory programs the MSAE teaches us that sounds are subjective and connate ways of human knowing and best supported through multi-directional content experiences. The MSAE is serving as a “platform” that connects different users who act as content creators, distributors, consumers, critics, and collaborators. While this means the MSAE cannot guarantee the consistency of every participant’s experiences, it does open up new ways for diverse people to express themselves and engage with the institutional practices of acoustic ecology.


SAIC faculty: Lindsey French, Eric Leonardson Listening stations: Laura Campuzano, Nicholas Davis, Devin DiSanto, Guido Gambo, Tom Haigh, Peter LaRue, Neal Markowski, Kyle Nilan Phonography performance: Chad Clark, Dan Godston, Norman Long, Monica Ryan, Jessica Speer

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Join us for a meeting of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

3-5pm, Saturday, December 7, 2013

Performance by Jay Needham

 

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Experimental Sound Studio
5925 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
www.experimentalsoundstudio.org

Admission free to MSAE members and public

Jay Needham performs This is a Recording, a work for radio and video.

About This is a Recording, Needham writes:

My interest in creating This is a Recording is to recall radio as an instrument of memory, one that is capable of creating historical imaginaries where technologies and the desire to document stories unite. This is a Recording is also a work for video, a reflection on the process of adding to and being a part of historical records. The two works are performed live with a unique mixture of antique sound apparatus, micro-radio transmissions and video projection.

Jay Needham is an artist, radio producer, composer, Professor in the Department of Mass Communications, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE). Visit his website for full bio, listen to his sound works, and recent news at www.jayneedham.net

MSAE founder and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology President/ASAE Representative, Eric Leonardson will provide an introduction and brief report on national and international activities in the field. The program will conclude with ample time for questions and answers with Needham and anyone interested the activities of the MSAE. If you are on Facebook join our event.

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Tuesday Evenings at the MCA: Our Sonic Playground

6–8:00 pm Oct 22, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611
Admission: FREE

Sounds are all around us, creating our environments, our sense of place and influencing our social interactions.

For this week’s Tuesday Evenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, local sound artist and experimental musician Eric Leonardson collaborates with students and faculty from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC) and members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology to lead a unique, interactive sound workshop. Guided soundwalks and listening exercises are designed to engage awareness of the social, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of sound. You can collect your own sounds with portable field recorders as you explore ways to study and enjoy the voices of our local environment. End the evening with a group phonography performance, during which you are invited to playback and share with others the sounds you’ve discovered and recorded in the museum.

Participating SAIC faculty include Lindsey French from the Department of Art and Technology Studies, and Monica Ryan with Eric Leonardson, from the Department of Sound.

MCA info: http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/our-sonic-playground/

Join our Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidwestSociety.AcousticEcology/events

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World Listening Day at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Join the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to celebrate World Listening Day at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. MSAE member and School of the Art Institute of Chicago instructor Monica Ryan will lead a soundwalk in Miller Woods focusing on listening, recording, and memory. Updates will be posted on the MSAE website at http://www.mwsae.org/

The Douglas Center is located in the Miller section of Gary, a short five block walk along Lake Street north from Miller station on the South Shore Line commuter train; schedule online: http://www.nictd.com/

World Listening Day observes July 18 as a day to:

  • Celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology
  • Raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography
  • Design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices

Visit the MSAE Facebook event for more information on the sound walk and join us on Saturday.

For those who are traveling from Millennium Station in Chicago, the Eastbound NICTD (South Shore Line) Train No. 605 departs at 12:12 PM and arrives at Miller Station at 1:21 PM.