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 […]
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 […]
Saturday, October 3 (10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
Pullman National Monument
Free and open to the public
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/.
Listen and look at Steve Jones’s November 12, 2001 Presentation and Soundwalk at UIC Behavioral Sciences Building: Steve Jones, Ph.D. – Walter Netsch: Education, Sound, Urban Space & Mobility Download Steve Jones’s slideshow for his talk: NetschSoundwalk2011 [PDF 1.3 MB] Listen to Alison Cuddy’s 1-minute […]
Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Join the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project for a
presentation and soundwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403
MSAE Contact, Eric Leonardson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the soundscapes and natural beauty of Miller Woods. Learn about Acoustic Ecology. Discover nature in the city. Draw a sound map. Listen for the voices of the wild. This free, family-friendly event celebrates both the 25th anniversary of the Douglas Center and “Leave No Child Inside” month. This day-long event kicks off 10 a.m. at the South Shore Centre for the Arts across Lake street from the Miller train station. The Silver Celebration brings together many local community groups and partnerships, all with fun activities planned.
Learn about the many educational and recreational activities available in our region along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, from kayaking, swimming, and hiking to learning from scientists, park managers, and artists. The keynote speaker for the day’s event will be photographer and author, Dudley Edmondson, who will present some of his stunning nature photography and share tips for connecting with the outdoors on an interactive hike in Miller Woods. Other speakers, presentations, and activities will take place throughout the day. Check the park’s website for updates on the schedule of events.
November’s Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology meeting features a special presentation by Chicago-based filmmaker and UIC professor, Deborah Stratman. The meeting will be held at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor, Chicago, IL
The destruction of Chicago’s Gropius architecture and Bauhaus legacy has begun. As reported here in August, the City of Chicago destroyed nearly all of the landscaping around the Michael Reese Hospital campus—the 37-acre site that was purchased by the city for construction of an Olympic […]
You are invited to join the World Listening Project in a soundwalk around the Michael Reese Hospital campus on Saturday, September 12 (10 a.m.-11 a.m.).
Soundmarks during this soundwalk will include the chainlink fence along the perimeter of the Michael Reese Hospital campus; the wind in the trees in front of the Singer Pavilion; a security guard’s car tires rolling over gravel on the MRH campus; traffic on Lake Shore Drive; demolition and earthmoving equipment being operated at MRH; bikers, pedestrians, and automobile drivers/passengers on the streets by MRH; and trains traveling the north-south tracks (between MRH and LSD).
This soundwalk will start on the northwest corner of 31st St. and Cottage Grove Dr. We will walk along the fenced-in perimeter of the MRH campus in a clockwise direction, and then we will turn around and return to the soundwalk’s starting point. This soundwalk is free and open to the public; it is being organized by Chad Clark, Jennifer Mosier, Norman Long, Eric Leonardson, and Dan Godston.
MSAE member Dan Goston writes that the Michael Reese Hospital Campus is an unique piece of Chicago’s great architectural legacy located in its historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Tragically, and even absurdly, the MRH Campus faces what increasingly appears to be demolition by the City of Chicago in order to make for an uncertain future Olympic village. The Gropius in Chicago Coalition and other organizations is attempting to save the MRH. Dan concludes with a list of potential impacts that demolition will have upon the acoustic ecology of the city and region.