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World Listening Day “Listening to the Ground” July 18, 2017

World Listening Day “Listening to the Ground” July 18, 2017

You are invited to participate in the seventh annual World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground.” “Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we […]

World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost and Found

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2016 “Sounds Lost and Found”

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

 

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 […]

WFAE Conferences In 2014 | Call For Abstracts and Audioworks In March

Two WFAE conferences happen in 2014. Sound In the Land in June, in Canada, and Invisible Places | Sounding Cities in July, in Portugal. CFP deadlines are 15 and 31 March.

October 2010 Announcements

MSAE-The Corpse Soundwalk poster
MSAE Soundwalk poster

Meetings, radio broadcasts, exhibitions, soundwalks

October MSAE Meeting

7:30 pm Thursday, October 7, Star Lounge Coffee Bar 2521 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622. 773-384-7827 (Star Lounge closes at 9:00, so this won’t last long unless we decide to continue across the street at The Beetle.) World Listening Project activities will be discussed. An agenda will be posted soon to MSAE list.

Aural Architecture broadcast on WNUR

7:30 pm Thursday, October 7,  WNUR 89.3 FM, 1877 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. 847-866-9687 Admission: $5 suggested donation for those attending the event. Listen on 89.3FM or the live-stream on http://www.wnur.org. This event is part of the Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

The Corpse – MSAE Soundwalk

2–4:00 pm Saturday, October 16. Beginning at The Corpse Performance Space | The Green Lantern gallery, this soundwalk engages participants a important facet of the Ukrainian Village/Humboldt Park neighborhood that’s often ignored: its soundscape. The Corpse | The Green Lantern, 2542 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 E-mail: thecorpse@lanternprojects.com Soundwalkposter

World Listening Project – framework:afield – Episode 3

World Listening Project’s framework:afield mini-series aired on September 26. “Collected Ear” was curated by Chicago artist Andy Armstrong. This episode focuses on “…a somewhat diverse array of raw, relatively unprocessed recordings, calling to attention more personal/unique interpretations of field recording, regardless of fidelity…to provide you with a seamless conversation between people, objects, and places.”

Deborah Stratman’s “Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen”

Installation at Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage

Sound installation on exhibit until Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL 60137. Tel.: 630-942-4000 (The exhibit was reviewed by Peter Margasak in the Chicago Reader, and a “critics’ picks” in Artforum.)

Giant Ear))) ASAE “Listening for the Future” wrap-up, plus Chicago Phonography

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World Listening Day

Sunday, July 18, 2010 You are invited to participate in the first World Listening Day, which happens on Sunday, July 18, 2010. The purposes of World Listening Day are: to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, […]

A Soundwalk Idea for Chicago’s Bauhaus District by the Michael Reese Hospital Campus

MSAE member Dan Goston writes that the Michael Reese Hospital Campus is an unique piece of Chicago’s great architectural legacy located in its historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Tragically, and even absurdly, the MRH Campus faces what increasingly appears to be demolition by the City of Chicago in order to make for an uncertain future Olympic village. The Gropius in Chicago Coalition and other organizations is attempting to save the MRH. Dan concludes with a list of potential impacts that demolition will have upon the acoustic ecology of the city and region.

Megalópolis sonoras. Identidad cultural y sonidos en peligro de extinción. México 2009

Report by Eric Leonardson

Sound Megalopolis: Sounds in danger of extinction took place from March 23-27, 2009 at the gorgeous Fonoteca Nacional in the Coyaocán area of Mexico City. The Fonoteca Nacional is the former home of the great Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914-1998) and serves as the archive of all significant audio recordings relevant to the history and culture of Mexico, with a public access facility, and a large, sophisticated lab for the collection, restoration, and preservation of recorded sound. Held by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) and the Mexican Forum for Acoustic Ecology, this 5-day conference brought the founders of the World Soundscape Project, the WFAE, with a host of people new to the field from around the world.

Inaugral ceremony for Sound Megalopolis, March 23, 2009
Inaugral ceremony for Sound Megalopolis, March 23, 2009

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ASAE welcomes new chapter: Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

announcement of the founding of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), an affiliate of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Forum of Acoustic Ecology.