exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

Tag: World Listening Project

Night Out In The Parks – Chicago Soundwalk Series Starts, June 23–25

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 […]

Night Out In the Parks 2016

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 […]

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk, March 20

Sunday, March 20 1 – 3pm

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

847.968.3343 info@brushwoodcenter.org

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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 […]

Report: January 25th Soundwalk and Performance at Brushwood Center

Brushwood Center Soundwalk
Cabin on the Des Plaines River in Ryerson Woods, one site for sounds and scenes of the river

With moderate snowfall and cold, nearly 60 people participated in a soundwalk led by Dan Godston, John Barrett, and Eric Leonardson, followed by a concert by Chicago Phonography. Performers included Todd Carter, Chad Clark, Ed Herrmann, Monica Ryan, with members of Chicago Wildsounds, Roni Jachowski, Matt Connor and Lisa Kenny. The site of the soundwalk was the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in the Ryerson Forest Preserve in Riverwoods, Illinois. A rewarding discussion followed both the soundwalk and performance inside the Brushwood Center for environmental education, art, and science in Ryerson Woods.

Soundwalk in Ryerson Woods

Eric Leonardson asked participants to write about their experiences. “Reflecting on and publishing about MSAE activities helps advance acoustic ecology. It’s interesting to learn how different people sense things and apply this to their experience, and in their work. For example, some of the artists-in-residence at Ragdale participated in the soundwalk. One said she focused her listening by closing her eyes as she walked and stood by the river. That heightened her awareness of the sounds all around, and the many footsteps crunching in the new snow. She imagined this must be what a cow hears when standing within its herd. Last night she told me she used her description in the novel she’s writing.”

Author and Ragdale artist-in-residence, Danielle Sosin wrote: “While on a winter sound walk in Ryerson woods, I used my eyes as little as possible, squinting, letting in just enough vision to see the heels of the person in front of me. It was cold, windy, with crunching ice underfoot, rattling leaves, and creaking branches. The experience made me realize how much I rely on vision over sound. With limited sight, my hearing became both more acute and clearly directional. It felt wild, and more animal to rely on my ears. When we stopped near a small river, I stood, eyes closed, as my ears picked up the positions of people milling around me, quietly passing, stopping, shifting weight, and I thought, ‘This is what it feels like to be part of herd.’”

Chicago Phonography performs in Brushwood Center

Chad Clark, MSAE and Chicago Phonography member, also mentions the sound of the leaves, “My attention was drawn to the subtle crackling of the slow flowing creek working its way through a cover of ice and frozen leaves.”

Chicago composer and MSAE member, Ed Herrmann, reported that “the morning of January 25 was cold, and fresh snow was falling on the several inches already covering the ground. Even so, more than 30 people joined Chicago Phonography on a sound walk at Ryerson Woods. It was quiet. Footsteps crunching in snow and some planes flying over were the primary sounds above the distant drone of traffic, but an occasional bird or squirrel also made its presence briefly known. A few people reported seeing or hearing a deer. My personal favorite sound was a large tree branch creaking as it swayed in the wind. As we approached the Des Plaines River we heard water rushing over rocks and ducks splashing and quacking. We took a different trail back and found a large group of small birds chattering near one of the park buildings. More people had arrived during the walk and the audience for the performance was around 50 people. Chicago Phonography was joined by members of Chicago Wildsounds from De Paul University for a performance in which each participant independently played recordings of environmental sounds ranging from birds, animals, weather, and water to urban, industrial and domestic. Following the performance many members of the audience stayed to ask questions and share observations. A good time and good listening for all.”

Chicago Wildsounds member, Lisa Kenny, had an expansive and restorative experience. “I expected a smaller and more intimate group, but I was greeted with a much bigger crowd; the intimacy, however, was still present. It really reminded me of not only how important and informative the work and effort MSAE and CWS put forth, but also how cherished the element of sound is, no matter who is listening.”

MSAE member Roni Jachowski, also of Chicago Wildsounds, reported that “experiencing a place through its unique sound is a reality that connects us to nature and each other. During our soundwalk with MSAE and the World Listening Project at Brushwood Forest Preserve, I was actively connected to my community and my environment through the simple acts of walking quietly and listening purposefully.”

Members of Chicago Phonography and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, left to right, Chad Clark, Dan Godston, Ed Herrmann, Eric Leonardson, Monica Ryan, and Todd Carter.

“Thanks to everyone who came to our soundwalk on Sunday. We had an unexpectedly large crowd! We also want to thank Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, Chicago Phonography and Borderbend Arts Collective for helping organize and perform.”—Brushwood Center

On January 19, Barbara Brotman’s weekly column in the Chicago Tribune was titled, “Sound experts make art of the noise all around us.” Featuring an interview and online video of Eric Leonardson discussing soundscapes and phonography, her article vastly increased our media outreach and helped attract a larger than average public.

Soundwalk and Performace at Brushwood Center – Sunday, January 25

All are invited to a soundwalk in Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL, followed by a performance by Chicago Phonography at the Brushwood Center, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015. This event is free and open to the public, and co-presented by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project.

World Listening Day 2014 At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Saturday, July 19

1:00 pm Saturday, July 19   Join us for a public soundwalk in Miller Woods for World Listening Day 2014. This year’s theme is “Listen To You!” Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) member Monica Ryan will open your senses to the soundscapes of the […]

World Listening Day, July 18, 2013

World Listening Day has been happening annually on July 18, since 2010, and the fourth annual World Listening Day happens on Thursday, July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are:
·      To celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
·      To raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
·      And, to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen to happen on the birthday of the renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Schafer started the World Soundscape Project in 1971. The culmination of its pioneering research into the sound environment is described in Schafer’s seminal book, The Tuning of the World. Published in 1977, it spawned international interest and activity in acoustic ecology, defining new terms and concepts that are commonly accepted now in science, art, and cultural studies.

WLP and MSAE invite you to participate in the 2013 World Listening Day, which will happen on Thursday, July 18. Other WLD events will be happening during the week of July 14. Here are several possibilities. You can:
·      Organize a soundwalk or a listening party when people play field recordings.
·      Organize a performance event that involves field recordings and other artistic expressions that explore our soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.
·      Participate in a private / solitary way, by paying attention to your soundscape.
·      Facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
·      Contact organizations that are participating in World Listening Day, to see if you can get involved that way.

The level of participation that happened during the inaugural 2010 World Listening Day was amazing. We would like to see if we could double or even triple the number of participants worldwide on the 2013 World Listening Day. If you wish to participate, please email worldlistening@gmail.com, and be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line. Thanks!

Happy 2013! Announcing New Members, Journal, Honors & Awards

A lot of things are happening in the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, here’s a list that includes some things you can do.