exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

Tag: MSAE

Balance-Unbalance 2017

Balance-Unbalance 2017

As part of Balance-Unbalance 2017, MSAE founder and co-chair, Eric Leonardson led “The Advances In Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape: A Virtual Panel” discussion. The panel was made up of Linda Keane, Norman Long, Amanda Gutierrez, Lindsey French and Leah Barclay. Advances In Eco-Sensing and the […]

“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.

Night Soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library – Wed., July 26

Night Soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library – Wed., July 26

7pm – 8:15pm
Wauconda Area Library
801 N. Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
Tel: 847-526-6225

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presents Soundwalks – quiet events leading groups to explore their relationship as listeners in the acoustic environment. This soundwalk, led by artist and educator Eric Leonardson, will focus on night sounds around the Wauconda Area Library — a blend of forest and wetland landscapes. The walk is open to all listeners, no experience necessary. Join us and learn the basics of acoustic ecology as you explore your backyard soundscape!

Visit our Facebook Event

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 […]

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

Luna-On-TreeJOIN YOURLuna-On-Tree

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 sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist.

For all ages—admission free.

  • Saturday, August 6 5–6 pm with Norman W. Long at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Meet at Refectory near swimming pool.

  • Friday, August 12 7–8 pm with Amanda Gutierrez* at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Meet at Field House, in partnership with Yollocalli.

  • Saturday, August 27 10–11 am with Eric Leonardson at West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Western Ave. Meet at Western Avenue Entrance.

Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

A Soundwalk is…

  • For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
  • Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound
    around us no matter where we are.”
  • Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
  • Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour

A Soundscape is…

  • Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
  • Always changing, no sound is ever the same
  • Not always noticed and often ignored
  • A natural resource
  • A design made in sound

Download (PDF) our poster here or our flyer here.

Join Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project again for more Night Out In The Parks activities this fall, and winter!

*Member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.

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 […]

Report: World Listening Day 2015 Soundwalk at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

2015_IDNL_1
Soundwalk starting at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Trail.

Report, photos, and audio by Christopher Preissing

On Saturday, July 18 (World Listening Day 2015), Dan Godston led a soundwalk at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Trail. In spite of predictions for extremely hot and humid temperatures, nine hearty listeners braved the heat on what turned out to be a beautiful warm and breezy day.

Starting at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Dan introduced R. Murray Schafer and his seminal book, Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, and in keeping with this year’s H2O theme, Rachel Carson’s The Edge of the Sea, and Jerry Dennis’ The Living Great Lakes. National Park Service Ranger Steve Rodriguez hosted the event on behalf of the IDNL, and provided materials with which the soundwalkers created text and visual images based on passages from the books. We have been collaborating with IDNL on programs at the Douglas Center annually since 2010!

To introduce the soundwalk Dan described two types of engagement: the first consisting of active listening, the second including active engagement with the environment. On top of a small dune through which the trail passes, we stopped to make sound by hand with leaves, wood, and the sand at our feet. Following that acoustic interaction with the environment, we walked over the wood bridge that spans the marsh.

Audio recording of the soundwalk:

The “H2O” theme for World Listening Day 2015 drew attention to water as a metaphor and reality; essential for life and now becoming the greatest commodity of the 21st century. At the end of the bridge, Dan had left two containers for pond water and branches with which to make sound and feel the water. In both instances soundwalkers participated joyfully, and reported these interactions as an important component of the experience. “When we were making sounds it felt very childlike, which brought to mind a lot of what kids’ play is just making sound for the joy of making sound.”

2015_IDNL_2
We stopped to listen and make sound by hand with leaves, wood, and the sand at our feet.
2015_IDNL_3
Eight of our nine hearty listeners back at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Dan Godston is seated on the left.

Sound walkers described listening without the other senses as “a good way to keep your focus;” that “there’s competition between the senses” as well as “for what you want to listen to;” and that “it was sensory overload.” Some additional comments include: “Cottonwood trees can be very loud.” “It’s very squeaky when you walk.” “I never paid attention but different trees make different sounds. I wondered how the birds and the insects take cues from that and how it affects what they do.” There was also a brief discussion around how our ears and brains actively filter various sounds in the environment, whereas microphones hear everything.

More photos are in our Album at https://goo.gl/photos/mGkjy3QrRnFWi3bc7

 

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 […]