exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – City Creatures Project, May 26

MSAE is delighted to be partnering with Dave Aftandilian, ASAE member and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Texas Christian University and Gavin Van Horn, Regional Director, Center for Humans and Nature . Together, they are collaborating on The City Creatures Project. The City Creatures Project will be embarking on a  day […]

Mobile Media, Urban Spaces, and “Netsch” Soundwalk With Steve Jones

Steve Jones, UIC Distinguished Professor in Communication and MSAE member, will give a short presentation concerning mobile media, urban spaces and sound, followed by a “Netsch” soundwalk on the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Listen and Watch, Scott Bernstein’s “Revisiting the Potential for Healthy Soundscape”

What If Sound Matters Too?: Revisiting the Potential for Healthy Soundscape

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Title slide from Scott Bernstein's Lecture on Sept 21, 2011

Scott Bernstein’s lecture was given at the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology meeting on Wednesday, September 21, hosted by the Columbia College Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics.

Download Scott Bernstein’s PowerPoint slides. (File size 46 MB PDF format.)

See the compelling data and conclusions of his talk correlating CO2 emissions and transportation (public and private) to home ownership, health (physical, social, and economic), soundscape, and overall environment. The data cited in Scott Bernstein’s lecture was drawn from a range of local and international studies. Displayed in the form of charts and graphs, his slideshow may serve as a useful tool to understand, to advocate, and suggest better choices in the planning of urban environments.

Bernstein’s goal is summed up in four tasks, to:

·    Review some history of how our cites came to be built as they are now

·    Review recent knowledge and tools used to help re-plan existing urban environments

·    Explore ways in which both noise control and soundscapes can be seen as essential

·    Suggest some next steps for exploring a useful synthesis of research and action here in Chicago

Scott Bernstein is co-founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a 33 year-old Chicago-based national innovations center that promotes healthy and productive communities. Read more about Scott Bernstein’s work and lecture in our original post here.

“What If Sound Matters Too?” with Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Scott Bernstein suggests that both reduced noise exposure and increased intentional soundscape enhancement is achievable, affordable, and even good for the economy, providing agendas for research, demonstration, and local policies that can make healthy soundscapes attainable.

MSAE Celebrates Douglas Center Silver Anniversary, Saturday June 25

Enjoy the natural beauty of Miller Woods. Celebrate families, soundscape, and education from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and honor the 25th anniversary of the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and “Leave No Child Inside” month.

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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Soundwalk at Chicago Center for Green Technology on April 17

Experience nature in the city 10 a.m., Saturday at the Chicago Center for Green Technology 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. (between Lake St. and Chicago Ave.), Chicago, IL 60612 Contact: Dan Godston at dgodston@gmail.com, or call 312-543-7027 You are invited to join members of the Midwest […]

ALERT: CHICAGO DESTROYS FIRST GROPIUS BUILDING

The destruction of Chicago’s Gropius architecture and Bauhaus legacy has begun. As reported here in August, the City of Chicago destroyed nearly all of the landscaping around the Michael Reese Hospital campus—the 37-acre site that was purchased by the city for construction of an Olympic […]

reflections on three recent soundwalks in Chicago

Dan Godston recording beehive
Dan Godston recording beehive

The World Listening Project has organized three soundwalks recently—at the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Garfield Park Conservatory on August 1st, and by/around the Michael Reese Hospital campus on September 12th. It’s been good to be involved with these soundwalks, and the WLP and MSAE are planning several more soundwalks in the coming months. This post details what happened. (more…)

Destruction of Sasaki and Collins Landscaping at Michael Reese Hospital Campus

In wanton disregard of the great cultural, historical, and ecological value of the Michael Reese Hosptial Campus, the City of Chicago has begun demolishing “some of the most beautiful landscapes in the city.”