exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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“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

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 soundscapes.

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

5:30pm – 8pm
North Park Village Nature Center
5801 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60646

 

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presents Soundwalks – quiet events leading groups to explore their relationship as listeners in the acoustic environment. This soundwalk will focus on singing insects and is a part of a training program hosted by the North Park Village Nature Center. 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.

The Singing Insects monitoring program is a citizen science effort to familiarize people with common sounds of singing insects in the Chicago region, including grasshoppers, cicadas, katydids, and crickets. Building on Dr. Carl Strang’s work documenting species across 22 counties, the purpose of the project is to collect local baseline data and help people keep their ears perked for unusual insect calls each summer. Data collected is publicly available to anyone who wishes to use it, and walks are conducted informally site by site along a route prescribed by a surveyor.

For more information on the Singing Insect Monitoring Program or to learn how to get involved please contact: singinginsects@gmail.com

For more information on North Park Village Nature Center programming please call: (312) 744-5472

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

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 […]

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

NOITP_SlideImage678x335Join 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.

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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.

Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 pm, with Amanda Gutierrez (Spanish/English), in partnership with ElevArte in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. Chicago, IL 60608
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Friday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60646
Meet at Lodge. Limited openings. Please sign up on Eventbrite, or email singinginsects@gmail.com or call 312-550-6150. Share this FB Event.

Saturday, June 25, 4-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
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Via Chicago Transit Authority, the Washington Park Field House is near intersection of ML King Drive and 55th street. #55 Bus or from the Green Line 55th and E Garfield Blvd ‘L’ station, walk east past S Calumet Ave to King Drive, destination on the right. (Distance 0.2 mile) https://goo.gl/maps/i2uKYTwXwQm

 

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

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

 

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

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 […]

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)

‘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 […]