exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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June 21, Play Stones/Water/Time/Breath on Make Music Day

June 21, Play Stones/Water/Time/Breath on Make Music Day

Join us at sunrise on Make Music Day in a public, participatory performance of Dean Rosenthal: Stones/Water/Time/Breath led by MSAE founder Eric Leonardson

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 […]

Illinois News Bureau on Benefits of Soundwalking | Interview With Eric Leonardson

Illinois News Bureau on Benefits of Soundwalking | Interview With Eric Leonardson

Eric Leonardson
Photo by David Zuchowski

On April 26 the Illinois News Bureau published Jodi Heckel’s feature with MSAE founder and co-chair Eric Leonardson on the benefits of soundwalks. On April 27 and 28 Leonardson is a guest of the Sonified Sustainability Festival at University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana where he leads soundwalks in Meadowbrook Park on Thursday, and Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods on Friday.

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 […]

Nature on Tap! The Sounds of Summer – Music of the Night, September 7

September 7 at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Enjoy this once-a-month chance to explore the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum kid-free.

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

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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 […]

Spring Fest, June 10

Spring Fest A Celebration of Citizen Science and Stewardship Palmisano Park 2700 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Illinois June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen […]

Night Out In the Parks 2016

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology was honored to receive Chicago Park District award to support our 2016 Soundwalks In The Parks program for Night Out In the Parks.

In partnership with the World Listening Project, we will lead a series of guided soundwalks, workshops and training sessions aimed at engaging multi-generational communities in their own neighborhoods.

At least one series of walks will be led in Spanish or in Spanish and English. Walks will last 35-45 minutes followed by a 15 minute reflective conversation.

Luna-On-TreeOver the year three teaching artists will identify enthusiasts at each park, equipping these mentees to design, organize and lead soundwalks themselves via the CPD or other local organizations.

 Optional hour long workshops preceding the soundwalks would include the relationship between listening and sound making and introduction to field recording.

Get the full year’s Night Out in the Parks events in the My Chi Parks™ app!

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 […]