exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

Tag: Chicago Park District

Inferno’s Sound Re:Creation with Norman W Long | November 25

Inferno’s Sound Re:Creation with Norman at Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, Chicago offers a free workshop in soundwalking and sound mapping.

Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16

Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16

Norman W. Long (MSAE) and Sara Zalek (Butoh Chicago) will lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature.

Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

For the second summer in a row, MSAE participates in the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” summer program that brings “cultural events to neighborhood parks throughout the city”. This summer we had an array of thematic soundwalks led by our wonderfully talented team of teaching artists. All soundwalks were supported by fellow NOITP interns and Program & Event Facilitator, Sean Heaney of Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.

Amanda Gutiérrez led a bilingual (English and Spanish) “Sonic Taste of Chinatown” soundwalk on May 6th, in the near south side neighborhood where the sense of taste and hearing were activated through the personal narrative of Amanda, a Mexican immigrant whose family history is linked to Chinese culture.

Eric Leonardson with the support of the Calling Frog Survey Chicago led the “Calling Frog Soundwalk” on June 17th and 24th at West Ridge Nature Preserve where he provided an introduction to frog calls and their presence within the West Ridge soundscape. Eric also led, a much anticipated, “Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training” with Chicago’s Singing Insect Monitoring Program on July 28th at the North Park Village Nature Center. This event was part soundwalk and part citizen science training in an effort to collect data on Chicago’s singing insects.

Norman Long led “Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park” at the DuSable Museum in commemoration of Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs’ centennial celebrations. Norman also recounted the significance this space once held for longtime Chicago jazz player, poet, and philosopher, Sun Ra.

Sara Zalek and Norman Long led “Between the Wind and the Ground” soundwalk at the newly opened Big Marsh park on July 29th. The soundwalk focused on movement that highlighted the space’s history as it has evolved from a former grey dump site to a natural area and recreational bike park. Each artist performed an improvisational piece that bore witness to the revitalization of the park’s natural areas.

Lindsey French led “Tangles and Flows” at Ping Tom Park on August 6th. Lindsey’s soundwalk focused on connective listening and plant communication.  As mostly sessile beings, plants nevertheless actively express themselves through growth and position.

Anthony Janas led “A Prairie in the Lake” at Northerly Island on August 13th with two handmade hydrophone listening stations, which gave listeners an opportunity to eavesdrop on the unheard sounds of Lake Michigan. Attendees were also given the opportunity to record what they heard to share with friends and family.

In addition to the NOITP summer soundwalks, MSAE led other soundwalks around the Chicagoland area including a night soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library and a private soundwalk for SoHo House Chicago members. Planning is underway for MSAE’s third 2018 summer soundwalk series. Contact us with any of your ideas and suggestions for future programming in the parks!

Listen For Real Life Jiminy Crickets On Singing Insect Soundwalk – DNAinfo Chicago

Listen For Real Life Jiminy Crickets On Singing Insect Soundwalk – DNAinfo Chicago

Friday, July 28, 2017:  DNAINFO CHICAGO’S NORTH SIDE CORRESPONDENT, PATTY WELTI POSTED AN ARTICLE ABOUT MSAE’S SINGING INSECT MONITORING SOUNDWALK & TRAINING TODAY AT NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER, FROM 5:30PM – 8:00PM. PARTNERS INCLUDE INFERNO MOBILE RECORDING STUDIO AND THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. THANKS TO […]

“Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” Soundwalk with Lindsey French, Sunday, August 6

“Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” Soundwalk with Lindsey French, Sunday, August 6

Communication often focuses on the sender, but what is possible when we consider our role as a receiver? What kind of communication is sense-based? Drawing on biological modes of communication, visitors will be invited to engage in practices of active and sensual listening.

Between the Wind and the Ground | Saturday, July 29th

Between the Wind and the Ground | Saturday, July 29th

3pm – 5pm
Big Marsh
11555 S. Stony Island
Chicago, IL 60633

Join teaching sound artists Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek on a soundwalk focusing on movement and nature. This event is brought to you by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Night Out In the Parks summer programming. Free for the public!

Please be mindful of marsh conditions and summer weather, you may need: long pants, water, sunscreen and non-toxic bug repellent.

+Norman W. Long info
+Sara Zalek info

Transportation Update:
+For those of you taking public transportation: we will provide a shuttle from the Stony Island Garage Terminal (and 103rd St.) at 2:45pm. Please email veronica@mwsae.org with any questions.
+For those of you driving: parking is off of Stony Island Ave.

We will meet at the parking lot before the soundwalk begins.

 

Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park | Saturday, August 5th

Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park | Saturday, August 5th

Join teaching sound artist Norman W. Long on a soundwalk. “Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park” is dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs as part of their centennial celebrations this year.

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

Eric Leonardson will lead the group through listening exercises during a short soundwalk which will then be followed by a singing insect monitor training and a second soundwalk led by Dr. Carl Strang.

Field Recording Workshop Sat., July 8th

Field Recording Workshop Sat., July 8th

We have filled all of our spots! If you would like to be added to our waitlist please email veronica@mwsae.org. Thank you for your interest!

We are thrilled to announce a very special opportunity for a field recording workshop in collaboration with Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, Experimental Sound Studio and West Ridge Nature Preserve. This is a one day workshop that will take you outside to record the soundscapes at West Ridge Nature Preserve and learn studio processing techniques at Experimental Sound Studio. Space is limited to ensure everyone has equipment. If you are interested do not delay on registration, we will only be able to take six people!

Registration opens Friday, 6/30 at 11am and closes Friday, 7/7 at 6pm.

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Night Out In The Parks 2017 Summer Soundwalk Series

Night Out In The Parks 2017 Summer Soundwalk Series

Discover Chicago’s SUMMER SOUNDSCAPES Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks & listening in the parks. Join your neighbors in soundwalks led by faculty and alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow teaching […]