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Tag: National Park Service

Arts & Nature Calumet 50th Anniversary Celebration, NPS Centennial

Join us for “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide” at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore celebrating its 50th Anniversary and the National Park Service’s Centennial. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12 Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education 100 N. Lake Street […]

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

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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.”

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We stopped to listen and make sound by hand with leaves, wood, and the sand at our feet.
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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

 

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 […]

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 […]

Soundwalk in the Dunes – Saturday, May 24

1:00 PM May 24, 2014

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 100 N. Lake Street in Gary, IndianaListening for the Future Soundwalk

Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology as they teach visitors to listen to the symphony of sounds of nature and humans in Miller Woods. This program begins at 1:00 pm Central Time inside the Douglas Center with listening tips and weather permitting, continues outdoors.

Travel between Chicago and Northwest Indiana is available on the South Shore Line. Visit www.nictd.com for schedules, fares, maps, and stations.

This program is part of the free Saturday open house programs at the Douglas Center. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact the park information desk at 219-395-1882.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov/indu.

Soundwalk at Miller Woods for Leave No Child Inside Month

experience the audible side of nature, the vital and all-encompassing natural soundscape

Chicago Phonography concert and soundwalk at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, October 8th

1–3 p. m. (Central Time), Saturday, October 8 Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore   100 N Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403 Douglas Center Telephone: 219-395-1772 . contact: Ranger Julianne Larsen, Telephone: (219) 395-1821 (Tuesday – Saturday) MSAE contact, Eric […]

Photos from Douglas Center Celebration at Indiana Dunes, June 25, 2011

Photos from Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology led soundwalk and hands-on activities celebrating Douglas Center Silver Anniversary and “Leave No Child Inside” month, taken on Saturday, June 25, 2011. This free, family-oriented event brought together many local community groups and partnerships, all with fun and educational activities to enjoy.

MSAE Celebrates Douglas Center Silver Anniversary, Saturday June 25

Enjoy the natural beauty of Miller Woods. Celebrate families, soundscape, and education from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and honor the 25th anniversary of the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and “Leave No Child Inside” month.