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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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Northerly By Night: Saturday, August 13

Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Eric Leonardson and Amanda Gutierrez lead soundwalks for the Chicago Park District event called Northerly By Night.

Meet them in the nature area. Leonardson will have a field recording set up as a ‘listening station’. This event is an opportunity to…

Meet real live bats, enjoy the perseid meteor shower, night hikes, and more as Northerly Island opens to the public for an evening viewing of the greatest celestial event of 2016, the Perseid meteor shower! Bring a blanket, an evening picnic, and learn how to use a telescope or binoculars to view the summer skies at Northerly Island! Bring marshmallows if you would like to roast them at a campfire, and enjoy a pleasant, family-friendly evening at the park.

1521 S. Linn White Dr. Chicago, IL 606

(312) 745-2910 (Fieldhouse)

(312)540-2668 (First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Box Office)

Use the Facebook Event.

Night Out in The Parks – Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in August

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Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship 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.

  • Saturday, August 6 5–6 pm with Norman W. Long at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Meet at Refectory near swimming pool.

  • Friday, August 12 7–8 pm with Amanda Gutierrez* at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Meet at Field House, in partnership with Yollocalli.

  • Saturday, August 27 10–11 am with Eric Leonardson at West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Western Ave. Meet at Western Avenue Entrance.

Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

A Soundwalk is…

  • For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
  • Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound
    around us no matter where we are.”
  • Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
  • Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour

A Soundscape is…

  • Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
  • Always changing, no sound is ever the same
  • Not always noticed and often ignored
  • A natural resource
  • A design made in sound

Download (PDF) our poster here or our flyer here.

Join Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project again for more Night Out In The Parks activities this fall, and winter!

*Member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.

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World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost and Found


You are invited to participate in

World Listening Day 2016

This year’s theme is “Sounds Lost and Found


  • Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
  • Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
  • Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.

Among the many global and local events planned is #SoundCon x World Listening Day “Sounds Lost and Found” virtual symposium on July 17-18. Please submit your presentation proposal by July 10, 2016. This symposium is a live, online broadcast of presentations on the theme of “Sounds Lost & Found.” Watch the presentations to be recorded and archived on YouTube LIVE.

World Listening Day is an initiative of the World Listening Project (WLP) with the support of Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes. Please “Like” the updates on the WLP’s Facebook Page. Follow the WLP on Twitter and use the #WLD2016 hashtag for World Listening Day activities by our members.


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Night Out In The Parks – Chicago Soundwalk Series Starts, June 23–25

NOITP_SlideImage678x335Join your neighbors in soundwalks with teaching artists and scientists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment, as a listener and performer of your soundscape.


Click to save and share our flyer (PDF)

Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship 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.

Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 pm, with Amanda Gutierrez (Spanish/English), in partnership with ElevArte in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. Chicago, IL 60608
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.

Friday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60646
Meet at Lodge. Limited openings. Please sign up on Eventbrite, or email or call 312-550-6150. Share this FB Event.

Saturday, June 25, 4-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.

Via Chicago Transit Authority, the Washington Park Field House is near intersection of ML King Drive and 55th street. #55 Bus or from the Green Line 55th and E Garfield Blvd ‘L’ station, walk east past S Calumet Ave to King Drive, destination on the right. (Distance 0.2 mile)


A Soundwalk is…
•    For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
•    Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.”
•    Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
•    Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour

A Soundscape is…
•    Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
•    Always changing, no sound is ever the same
•    Not always noticed and often ignored
•    A natural resource
•    A design made in sound

Join Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project again for more Night Out In The Parks activities this summer, fall, and winter!


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Spring Fest, June 10

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A Celebration of

Citizen Science and Stewardship

Palmisano Park

2700 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Illinois

June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM

Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen to the sounds of nature, and soak in musical and theatrical performances. While enjoying the festivities, you will also learn more about opportunities to study and protect Chicago’s natural treasures.

At 6:30 MSAE Co-chair, Eric Leonardson leads a soundwalk, followed by a panel discussion from 7:30 to 8:30. Leonardson speaks on ecoacoustics and acoustic ecology, including our projects with The 606 Soundscape, Night Out In The Parks, and World Listening Day 2016.

Festival located at the south entrance across from McGuane Park

(312) 747-6497

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Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, June 6-8

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan June 6-8, 2016

Presented by International Society of Ecoacoustics (ISE)


MSAE Co-chair, Eric Leonardson presents “Eco-sensing and the Soundscape,” on the pedagogy of sound and landscape the relationship between creative artists and scientists seems to have changed from an informative, yet sometimes awkward “dance,” over to what evidently requires urgent intervention for future survival on our planet.

For Event Summary, Locations & Abstracts and Program download (PDF).

What is Ecoacoustics?

Ecoacoustics is an interdisciplinary science that investigates natural and anthropogenic sounds and their relationship with the environment over a wide range of study scales, both spatial and temporal, including populations and communities. Ecoacoustics operates in all types of terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine) ecosystems extending the scope of acoustics and bioacoustics.

Ecoacoustics recognizes that sounds can be both the subject and tools of ecological research. As the subject, sounds are investigated in order to understand their evolution, functions and properties under environmental pressures. As tools, sounds are used to study and monitor animal diversity, abundance, behavior, dynamics and distribution, and their relationship with ecosystems and the environment.

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Night Out In the Parks 2016

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology was honored to receive Chicago Park District award to support our 2016 Soundwalks In The Parks program for Night Out In the Parks.

In partnership with the World Listening Project, we will lead a series of guided soundwalks, workshops and training sessions aimed at engaging multi-generational communities in their own neighborhoods.

At least one series of walks will be led in Spanish or in Spanish and English. Walks will last 35-45 minutes followed by a 15 minute reflective conversation.

Luna-On-TreeOver the year three teaching artists will identify enthusiasts at each park, equipping these mentees to design, organize and lead soundwalks themselves via the CPD or other local organizations.

 Optional hour long workshops preceding the soundwalks would include the relationship between listening and sound making and introduction to field recording.

Get the full year’s Night Out in the Parks events in the My Chi Parks™ app!

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Ryerson Woods Soundwalk, March 20

Sunday, March 20 1 – 3pm

Discover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson. Offered in collaboration with the Brushwood Center, World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, this is an opportunity to learn about exploring and appreciating nature’s aural landscape.

Please register and meet at Brushwood Center.  Free admission.

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd. Riverwoods, IL 60015


Join our Facebook Event.

Trail Map.

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“How To Soundwalk” Published on Landlines

In Part 1 of a two-part piece for Land Lines, the blog of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, MSAE founder and co-chair Eric Leonardson provides a “How-to” primer on his soundwalking practice.

Leonardson writes, “As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a method of inquiry, a call to action or a meditation. Soundwalks can play multiple roles all at once or shift intents from moment to moment.”

Part 2 addresses practical concerns for organizing public engagements with web resources, personal experiences, and suggested techniques.

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