exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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

Join 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. Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship the sounds around us. Discover […]

Sound at the Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site: A Report

October 2015 By Erik Summerville Borderbend Arts Collective, Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site, Outdoor Afro, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) co-presented a multi-faceted community engagement sound event at Chicago’s Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site on Saturday, October 3rd.  Eric […]

Soundwalk in the Pullman Historic District

Saturday, October 3 (10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)

Pullman National Monument

 

11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628

Free and open to the public

Photo: Kendall Karmanian/Crain's
Photo: Kendall Karmanian/Crain’s

You are invited to a soundwalk and performance at Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site for the Tenth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, in celebration of Chicago Artists Month. This program is co-presented by Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site, Outdoor Afro, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Borderbend Arts Collective.

“A soundwalk is any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.” — Hildegard Westerkamp (Soundwalking)

This soundwalk begins in front of the historic Pullman factory clock tower with introductory talks by Linda Beierle Bullen, Curator at Pullman State Historic Site, and Susan Bennett, Park Ranger at Pullman National Monument. The soundwalk continues outside the historic Pullman administration building, along a route whose soundscape will include sounds of nature and the built environment. Following the soundwalk will be a performance by Chicago Phonography with readings of passages from Pullman porters’ oral histories.

Since 2009, the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology has organized and promoted numerous public soundwalks in urban and natural environments. Westerkamp and others provide eloquent descriptions of what soundwalks mean for people through years of practical and shared experience. We hope to apply and share this knowledge to raise awareness of our soundscapes, especially to learn how the reciprocal role of listening and sound making effects our quality of life.

As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a method for inquiry; a call to action and a meditation, all at once or moment to moment. This aural understanding can enrich design of the built-environment as well as encourage greater care and respect for natural soundscapes.

Visit the MSAE Facebook Event for updates www.facebook.com/events/626313650804703/.

Positive Sound Design in Urban Soundscapes – Chicago Tribune

This week, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin and I had a good chat about the positive role of sound in the design and experience of urban spaces. While noise problems at O’Hare Airport and Wrigley Field gain attention, we focused ways that sound reduces […]

‘scapes Sound Walk in the West Loop

Saturday, June 13 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Chicago Artists Coalition 217 North Carpenter, Chicago As the final programmatic element to his ‘scapes BOLT exhibition, Norman W. Long (MSAE) will take participants on a sound walk of the West Loop. Long will retrace his […]

2014 Year-in-Review

MSAE 2014 year-in-review, plus what’s ahead in 2015.

We hope this New Year has started off well as we take time to reflect and take note of our activities and prospects. Happily, the MSAE had an extremely productive 2014. Highlights of the year and into 2015 include:

  • Eric Leonardson led a soundwalk and Chicago Phonography performance at Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on January 25, 2015. Performers included Todd Carter, Chad Clark, Ed Herrmann, Monica Ryan, and Chicago Wildsounds members Roni Jachowski, Matt Connor, and Lisa Kenny. Nearly 60 people participated in the soundwalk including many Ragdale artists-in-residence. Chicago Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman published an interview with Leonardson about the event on Monday, January 19. Nearly 60 people participated in the event.10620420_10153058263222002_6015118064643793497_o
  • Chicago Wildsounds is new and exciting acoustic ecology student group at DePaul University. We look forward to their upcoming public event “Rooted in Sound: A Night of Soundscapes,” at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the DePaul Art Museum. Please visit our website for details.
  • The American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE) will lead a pre-conference Acoustic Ecology Recording Workshop for Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments. In the conference Eric Leonardson and Andrea Polli will lead a panel entitled Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum. Panel Participants are Linda Keane (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Leah Barclay (UNESCO Biosphere Soundscapes project), Christopher Preissing (Independent Artist), Lindsay French (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Meredith Hoy (Arizona State University), Leonardson and Polli. Leonardson will also present his paper, Our Sonic Playground: A Model for Active Engagement in Urban Soundscapes.

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Awards Anounced for Mixage Fou 80-Second Sound Competition – Saturday, January 24

MSAE C0-Chairs and US Coordinators of the Mixage Fou 80-Second Sound Competition, Eric Leonardson and Christopher Preissing, announced the winners of its 6th edition on Saturday, January 24, 2015, during Festival •REC at Gaîté Lyrique, Paris. About Mixage Fou: Literally translated as “Crazy Mix” this annual […]

In The Media: “Sound experts make art of the noise all around us” by Barbara Brotman

Sound experts make art of the noise all around us – Chicago Tribune… http://t.co/2sbgJ4PINK — MSAE (@MidwestSocAE) January 19, 2015

Mixage Fou Chicago Sound Bank Call for Submissions – Deadline – September 27

Mixage Fou and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology invite you to participate in the
6th Annual Mixage Fou (Crazy Mix) Sound Bank and the 6th annual Mixage Fou International 80 Second Sound Competition.

Mixage FouThis call is in two parts:

Mixage Fou Chicago Sound Bank: Urban Wilderness

What is “wild” about life in the city? How does nature in the city sound? What sounds define a city’s identity? The MSAE invites you to submit original field recordings that reflect and reveal the diverse soundscapes of Chicago and vicinity. Materials submitted to the Sound Bank must be covered by a Creative Commons license as they may be used by participants of the International Sound Competition part of the call (see below). Recordings should be as high quality as possible and suitable for processing as source materials. Deadline for submission is September 27. Download the complete call for additional details.

Mixage Fou International 80-Second Sound Competition

Beginning on October 4 all sounds in the Mixage Fou Sound Bank (sounds from Chicago and from around the world) will be available for the creation of original sound pieces in the following categories: stereo, binaural (headphone 3D sound), surround 5.1, surround Auro 3D 9.1 (height consideration). All creative digital and analog sound techniques are allowed, but only sounds from the Sound Bank may be used. Works may be music compositions, sound narration, soundscapes, crazy mixes, etc. The duration is limited to 80 seconds. Sound compositions should be uploaded directly to www.mixagefou.com. The deadline for submission of original sound pieces is November 16. Download the complete call for additional details.

Water Music on the Beach – Sunday, September 7

2-5 PM Sunday, September 7 At the beach next to The Waterfront Cafe, in Berger Park This series of live performances responds to and highlights Chicago’s proximity to water. The compositions and scores – involving multiple performers and solo performances – reflect, react to, or personify […]