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

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Call for Papers: Lend Me Your Ears!—Sound & Reception

“soliciting articles that address how we listen, how our reception of music and sound has changed, and the role technology has played in that process.”

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)

Call for Participation: H2O Virtual Symposium

Call for Participation: H2O Virtual Symposium World Listening Day 2015 will include the World Listening Day H2O virtual symposium on July 17-18, hosted on WaterWheel, an electronic publication, and hundreds of events taking place across the globe.

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 […]

Soundwalk and Performace at Brushwood Center – Sunday, January 25

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Listen to the song of the Chickadee while walking in Ryerson Woods

Join us for a soundwalk at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods with a performance by Chicago Phonography.

1-3 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

 

Brushwood Center
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Program:

  • 1 p.m.: We walk through the Brushwood Gallery, listening to the interior soundscape of the Brushwood Center. Then we walk down a trail in the Ryerson Conservation Area, enjoying the winter soundscape. We walk into the Ryerson Woods’ Welcome Center, and then walk back to the Brushwood Center where we have a post-soundwalk discussion with hot chocolate.
  • 2 p.m.: Chicago Phonography performance

This event is free and open to the public, and co-presented with the World Listening Project.

Click here for directions to the Brushwood Center. For more info please email worldlistening@gmail.com.

Listen to past performances by Chicago Phonography on Soundcloud

Feb. 15–18: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a newly global, annual event that happens annually and you’re invited to participate.