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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.

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 […]

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

1:00 pm Saturday, July 19   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 […]

Tuesday Evenings at the MCA: Our Sonic Playground

Participate in guided soundwalks and listening exercises 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. A group phonography performance concludes the evening. Free to the public.

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