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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 […]

Soundwalk at Douglas Center, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

soundwalkers in Miller Woods
Soundwalk at Miller Woods, May 2014

11am Saturday, July 18: Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology celebrating World Listening Day. Dan Godston, MSAE member and co-founder of the World Listening Project, leads a soundwalk starting at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.  Tips on listening to the symphony of sounds of nature and humans will be shared. This year’s World Listening Day theme is “H2O.” Water is essential for all life. Without it our soundscapes and life disappear.

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This day is open house at the Douglas Center. Following our soundwalk, local artist Marsha Browne will be leading a “Landscapes of Miller Woods” drawing project. You are invited to stay and participate.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Save the June-Aug 2015 flyer to learn about this summer’s activities at the Douglas Center in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

World Listening Day 2015: H2O

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2015, an annual global event held on July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are to: Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments; Raise awareness about the growing […]

Chicago Wildsounds Presents “Rooted in Sound: A Night of Soundscapes” – Thursday, March 5

Chicago Wildsounds is proud to present “Rooted in Sound: A Night of Soundscapes” at DePaul Art Museum 5:30pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Featuring lecture by Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, one of today’s leading acoustic ecologists, and sound performances by Zach Moore and Owen Davis.

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 2015 include:

  • Eric Leonardson led a soundwalk and Chicago Phonography performance at Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on January 25, 2015. Performers included Todd Carter, Chad Clark, Ed Herrmann, Monica Ryan, and Chicago Wildsounds members Roni Jachowski, Matt Connor, and Lisa Kenny. Nearly 60 people participated in the soundwalk including many Ragdale artists-in-residence. Chicago Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman published an interview with Leonardson about the event on Monday, January 19. Nearly 60 people participated in the event.10620420_10153058263222002_6015118064643793497_o
  • Chicago Wildsounds is new and exciting acoustic ecology student group at DePaul University. We look forward to their upcoming public event “Rooted in Sound: A Night of Soundscapes,” at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the DePaul Art Museum. Please visit our website for details.
  • The American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE) will lead a pre-conference Acoustic Ecology Recording Workshop for Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments. In the conference Eric Leonardson and Andrea Polli will lead a panel entitled Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum. Panel Participants are Linda Keane (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Leah Barclay (UNESCO Biosphere Soundscapes project), Christopher Preissing (Independent Artist), Lindsay French (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Meredith Hoy (Arizona State University), Leonardson and Polli. Leonardson will also present his paper, Our Sonic Playground: A Model for Active Engagement in Urban Soundscapes.

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Soundwalk and Performace at Brushwood Center – Sunday, January 25

All are invited to a soundwalk in Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL, followed by a performance by Chicago Phonography at the Brushwood Center, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015. This event is free and open to the public, and co-presented by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project.

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