September 7 at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Enjoy this once-a-month chance to explore the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum kid-free.
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 Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship the sounds around us. Discover the […]
You are invited to participate in
World Listening Day 2016
This year’s theme is “Sounds Lost and Found”
- Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
- Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
- Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.
Among the many global and local events planned is #SoundCon x World Listening Day “Sounds Lost and Found” virtual symposium on July 17-18. Please submit your presentation proposal by July 10, 2016. This symposium is a live, online broadcast of presentations on the theme of “Sounds Lost & Found.” Watch the presentations to be recorded and archived on YouTube LIVE.
World Listening Day is an initiative of the World Listening Project (WLP) with the support of Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes. Please “Like” the updates on the WLP’s Facebook Page. Follow the WLP on Twitter and use the #WLD2016 hashtag for World Listening Day activities by our members.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Please register and meet at Brushwood Center. Free admission.
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd. Riverwoods, IL 60015
In Part 1 of a two-part piece for Land Lines, the blog of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, MSAE founder and co-chair Eric Leonardson provides a “How-to” primer on his soundwalking practice. Leonardson writes, “As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a […]
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 […]
Saturday, October 3 (10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
Pullman National Monument
Free and open to the public
You are invited to a soundwalk and performance at Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site for the Tenth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, in celebration of Chicago Artists Month. This program is co-presented by Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site, Outdoor Afro, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Borderbend Arts Collective.
“A soundwalk is any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are.” — Hildegard Westerkamp (Soundwalking)
This soundwalk begins in front of the historic Pullman factory clock tower with introductory talks by Linda Beierle Bullen, Curator at Pullman State Historic Site, and Susan Bennett, Park Ranger at Pullman National Monument. The soundwalk continues outside the historic Pullman administration building, along a route whose soundscape will include sounds of nature and the built environment. Following the soundwalk will be a performance by Chicago Phonography with readings of passages from Pullman porters’ oral histories.
Since 2009, the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology has organized and promoted numerous public soundwalks in urban and natural environments. Westerkamp and others provide eloquent descriptions of what soundwalks mean for people through years of practical and shared experience. We hope to apply and share this knowledge to raise awareness of our soundscapes, especially to learn how the reciprocal role of listening and sound making effects our quality of life.
As an ecological practice, soundwalking can be an entertainment or a method for inquiry; a call to action and a meditation, all at once or moment to moment. This aural understanding can enrich design of the built-environment as well as encourage greater care and respect for natural soundscapes.
Visit the MSAE Facebook Event for updates www.facebook.com/events/626313650804703/.
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 […]