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Soundwalk in the Dunes – Saturday, May 24

Date: May 24, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 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 inside the Douglas Center with listening tips and weather permitting, continues outdoors.

This program is part of the free Saturday open house programs at the Douglas Center. The Douglas Center is located at 100 N. Lake Street in Gary, Indiana. 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.

www.nps.gov/indu 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.

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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.

World Listening Day, July 18, 2013

World Listening Day has been happening annually on July 18, since 2010, and the fourth annual World Listening Day happens on Thursday, July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are:
·      To celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
·      To raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
·      And, to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen to happen on the birthday of the renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Schafer started the World Soundscape Project in 1971. The culmination of its pioneering research into the sound environment is described in Schafer’s seminal book, The Tuning of the World. Published in 1977, it spawned international interest and activity in acoustic ecology, defining new terms and concepts that are commonly accepted now in science, art, and cultural studies.

WLP and MSAE invite you to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day, which will happen on Thursday, July 18. Other WLD events will be happening during the week of July 14. Here are several possibilities. You can:
·      Organize a soundwalk or a listening party when people play field recordings.
·      Organize a performance event that involves field recordings and other artistic expressions that explore our soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.
·      Participate in a private / solitary way, by paying attention to your soundscape.
·      Facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
·      Contact organizations that are participating in World Listening Day, to see if you can get involved that way.

The level of participation that happened during the inaugural 2010 World Listening Day was amazing. We would like to see if we could double or even triple the number of participants worldwide on the 2013 World Listening Day. If you wish to participate, please email worldlistening@gmail.com, and be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line. Thanks!

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New England Forum for Acoustic Ecology Presents Eric Leonardson

5PM Sunday, April 28, 2013 The New England Forum for Acoustic Ecology (NEFAE) present talks, a reception, and concert featuring special guest Eric Leonardson and members of NEFAE. The event will be held at Studio Soto, 10 Channel Center St., Boston. For more information visit our Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/643741188986200/

The New England Forum for Acoustic Ecology (NEFAE) is a regional chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE).

The ASAE is a membership organization dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies and promoting public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration of natural and cultural sound environments.

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Feb. 15–18: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

hummingbird photo by Anna MaleDo you enjoy listening to birdsong, bird watching, learning about habitat loss, and other changes in our natural and urban environments?

Then you may be interested in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This newly global, annual event helps in the study of birds and the health of their populations. You’re invited to participate. Learn how by visiting: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

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Happy 2013! Announcing New Members, Journal, Honors & Awards

We hope your new year is off to a great start. You may not have heard it, but a lot of things are happening in the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). Here’s a list that includes some things you can do:

  • Now is the time to renew your MSAE-ASAE membership, if you haven’t already. Memberships end annually on December 31. Please visit our “About” to renew or become a new member!
  • Publication of the latest issue of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, our print journal was long-delayed, and mailed to 2011 members last September. Contact info@mwsae.org if you have not received your copy.
  • MSAE member and co-chair Jay Needham became the new President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), last August when Eric Leonardson became President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). E-mail Jay at info@acousticecology.us
  • Chicago-based composer Christopher Preissing takes over as new MSAE co-chair serving with MSAE co-chair, and WFAE President Eric Leonardson. E-mail Chris at cpreissing@mwsae.org and Eric at info@mwsae.org
  • The WFAE’s online newsletter has changed from a bi-monthly to a quarterly publication cycle. The read the January-March front page features Eric Leonardson’s “President’s Report,” and updates on local, national, and international events among our nine WFAE Affiliates, and others in the field of acoustic ecology. Please submit your news for calendar listing, resources, and feature article ideas you may have. Check out the many conference calls for papers, shows, publishing opportunities, grants, residencies, jobs, etc. E-mail Gary Ferrington at wfae.newsletter@gmail.com
  • In his WFAE Affiliate Report , ASAE President Jay Needham welcomed and thanked new, returning, and outgoing ASAE Board members. Former ASAE President and current MSAE co-chair, Eric Leonardson serves now as ASAE Representative (liaison) of the ASAE and WFAE. Kenya Williams is new ASAE Membership Coordinator. Read about the rest on the ASAE web page.
  • WFAE’s Journal Editorial Committee is doing double-duty to bring the publication cycle of Soundscape back in sync, by completing its 2012 print journal this spring, while planning its next steps for this year’s journal. MSAE member and SIUC Professor Phylis Johnson is leading the effort, replacing Hildegard Westerkamp as Interim Editor-In-Chief. E-mail Phylis at soundscape-editor@wfae.net
  • The Soundscape: Journal of Acoustic Ecology web page was recently updated. Download back issues free, from the first publication in 2000 up to, and including the recent 2011 issue.
  • MSAE realizes it mission through local initiatives such as the World Listening Project (WLP), which has and continues to gain worldwide interest and appreciation since it was founded in 2008. Beginning in February the WLP’s website will  feature a series of blog posts about changing soundscapes, new listening practices, new recording techniques, reflections on recent events, interdisciplinary connections to acoustic ecology, and other topics relevant to field recording and concerns with the sonic environment. Several new posts will be published each month. The selected “bloggers” are from around the world, invited by MSAE member and WLP co-founder Dan Godston, who initiated the guest blogging project.
  • MSAE co-chair Eric Leonardson was honored to be a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, where he resides from January through May, 2013.
  • MSAE co-chair Christopher Preissing was awarded a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for his recent (October-November, 2012) residency at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. He is currently a Fellow at his third artist residency at VCCA: Virginia Center for the Arts, from February through early-March, 2013.
  • MSAE member Jay Needham was honored to have his field recordings of Panamanian Neotropical rainforests be part of the Biomuseo, a new biodiversity museum in Panama designed by Frank Gehry.
  • There’s more to tell, and we want you to tell us your membership news. For the most up-to-date news please visit and use our Facebook Page, and follow us on Twitter!

Listening Forward to a Happy New 2013!

—Christopher Preissing and Eric Leonardson, MSAE Co-chairs

 

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