exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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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 […]

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

JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS IN SOUNDWALKS WITH CHICAGO TEACHING ARTISTS 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 the […]

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 stress and enhance. Instead of the negative role, I mentioned specific examples of places in Chicago where I, and other MSAE members, have led soundwalks within Millennium Park.

Blair Kamin wrote, “Sound can alleviate, as well as accentuate, stress. It can delight us as well as drive us crazy. Sound should be a part of the recipe for cooking up great cities. Yet concocting that recipe is as much art as science.”

Read Kamin’s article “Soundscape of the city is about more than decibels.”

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park
The Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park has hedges that block street noise and allow for sounds of nature to be heard inside it. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)

World Listening Day 2015: H2O

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2015, an annual global event held on July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are to: Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments; Raise awareness about the growing […]

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 […]

Listen and Watch, Scott Bernstein’s “Revisiting the Potential for Healthy Soundscape”

What If Sound Matters Too?: Revisiting the Potential for Healthy Soundscape

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Title slide from Scott Bernstein's Lecture on Sept 21, 2011

Scott Bernstein’s lecture was given at the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology meeting on Wednesday, September 21, hosted by the Columbia College Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics.

Download Scott Bernstein’s PowerPoint slides. (File size 46 MB PDF format.)

See the compelling data and conclusions of his talk correlating CO2 emissions and transportation (public and private) to home ownership, health (physical, social, and economic), soundscape, and overall environment. The data cited in Scott Bernstein’s lecture was drawn from a range of local and international studies. Displayed in the form of charts and graphs, his slideshow may serve as a useful tool to understand, to advocate, and suggest better choices in the planning of urban environments.

Bernstein’s goal is summed up in four tasks, to:

·    Review some history of how our cites came to be built as they are now

·    Review recent knowledge and tools used to help re-plan existing urban environments

·    Explore ways in which both noise control and soundscapes can be seen as essential

·    Suggest some next steps for exploring a useful synthesis of research and action here in Chicago

Scott Bernstein is co-founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a 33 year-old Chicago-based national innovations center that promotes healthy and productive communities. Read more about Scott Bernstein’s work and lecture in our original post here.

“What If Sound Matters Too?” with Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Scott Bernstein suggests that both reduced noise exposure and increased intentional soundscape enhancement is achievable, affordable, and even good for the economy, providing agendas for research, demonstration, and local policies that can make healthy soundscapes attainable.

National Hearing Conservation Conference February 24–26, 2011

The 36th Annual National Hearing Conservation Association Conference will be held in Mesa, Arizona February 24-26, 2011, at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa Hotel. As one of the largest Phoenix area hotels, it is one of the best places to stay in Mesa with resort features, GO Green practices, and conference center amenities.

The Society for Wind Vigilance – International Symposium

Society for Wind Vigilance announces its first International Symposium

THE GLOBAL WIND INDUSTRY AND ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS: Loss of Social Justice?

This groundbreaking two day event will take place at the Waring House Inn and Conference Center on October 29-31, 2010 in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.

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“Listening for the Future” 2010 ASAE Symposium and Retreat

The proceedings of “Listening for the Future” the American Society for Acoustic Ecology’s first-ever national symposium and retreat are to be published soon. Read a conference report published in the Sept/Oct WFAE Online Newsletter.