exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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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.

April 27 & 28 Soundwalks For Sonified Sustainability

April 27 & 28 Soundwalks For Sonified Sustainability

The April 27 walks are at Meadowbrook Park and the April 28 walks are at Busey Woods. Admission is free, but tickets are required

Chicago ‘Soundwalks’ Ask You To Stop Talking And Listen To Your City  – DNAinfo Chicago

Chicago ‘Soundwalks’ Ask You To Stop Talking And Listen To Your City – DNAinfo Chicago

March 16, 2017: We are pleased to announce  DNAinfo Chicago’s Rogers Park & Edgewater correspondent, Justin Breen posted an article about MSAE founder, Eric Leonardson and our second annual ‘Soundwalks In the Parks Series.’ Breen notes that support of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out […]

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk Map

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk Map

Here’s the hand-drawn map our soundwalkers made, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on 20 November, 2016, noting the various sounds heard on-site around Ryerson Cabin on the Des Plaines River.

Sound map made by soundwalkers. Photo by Eric Leonardson.

Below is a map of the route, starting from the Brushwood Center to Ryerson Cabin and back. Open Ryerson house to Ryerson cabin to view the route and photos taken along the path.

This soundwalk was led by me, Eric Leonardson with support from the Brushwood Center. As noted in the hand-drawn map shown in the photo above, among the sounds heard were small airplanes flying overhead, Sandhill Cranes, ducks (species unidentified), Flicker and another unidentified woodpecker, burbling water in the river, and our footsteps on dry leaves and mulch.

Night Out In the Parks Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in December

Join your neighbors in soundwalks with Chicago teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment as a listener and performer of your soundscape

Soundwalk Through Ryerson Woods

Discover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson. Offered in collaboration with the Brushwood Center, World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, this is an opportunity to learn about exploring and appreciating nature’s aural landscape.

Arts & Nature Calumet 50th Anniversary Celebration, NPS Centennial

anniversarylogoJoin 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
Gary, IN  46403

Free admission, all ages

Activities include:

  • Soundwalk at 11:00 a.m. along the Miller Trail co-led by MaryAm Ghadiri and Ben Gottesman
  • Nature-inspired art making for youth and adults (ongoing)
  • Poetry readings and performances 1-3:00 p.m.

Art making activities include leaf poem collage, mixed media artworks, poetry readings and performances for and by youth and adults from the Calumet Region, including Gary and Chicago.

This event is a partnership of Borderbend Arts Collective with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Calumet Artist Residency, Center for Global Soundscapes, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Video: Soundwalks in Chicago parks

Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, What is a soundwalk? The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These […]