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Fall 2017 Newsletter

The team at the Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology thanks YOU, our wonderful MSAE community for a year of activity and participation that continued to bring about change in the hearts and minds of listeners across the region.

Inferno’s Sound Re:Creation with Norman W Long | November 25

Inferno’s Sound Re:Creation with Norman at Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, Chicago offers a free workshop in soundwalking and sound mapping.

Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16

Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16

Soundwalk from 4pm – 5pm

Big Marsh Park
Park No. 564
11559 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60633

Norman W. Long (MSAE) and Sara Zalek (Butoh Chicago) will lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature. This performance/walk will deal with themes of repair, recovery, and resilience. Norman and Sara will perform a duo of electronic music improvisation and movement as part of the soundwalk.

Our idea is to engage the community with a soundwalk. A soundwalk is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. We believe that through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves. We can also use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is. Our performances are an example of how we can creatively engage a soundscape through listening, movement, meditation, amplification, and improvisation.

*Please bring sun protection and water!

Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

This summer we had an array of thematic soundwalks led by our wonderfully talented team of teaching artists. All soundwalks were supported by fellow NOITP program, Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.

Balance-Unbalance 2017

Balance-Unbalance 2017

As part of Balance-Unbalance 2017, MSAE founder and co-chair, Eric Leonardson led “The Advances In Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape: A Virtual Panel” discussion. The panel was made up of Linda Keane, Norman Long, Amanda Gutierrez, Lindsey French and Leah Barclay. Advances In Eco-Sensing and the […]

Prairie In the Lake at Northerly Island with Anthony Janas | Sunday, August 13

Prairie In the Lake at Northerly Island with Anthony Janas | Sunday, August 13

Northerly By Night soundwalk with Anthony Janas. “Prairie In the Lake” reveals the world of unheard sounds just below the surface of our everyday lives. Using simple technologies for listening the aquatic world of fish, amphibians, and insects reveals an information rich sound environment.

Listening stations at Northerly Island will give you a chance to eavesdrop on the underwater sounds of Lake Michigan. Hear the waves crashing against the breakwalls, the propellers of boats entering the harbor, and other sounds from just below the surface.

You will also have the opportunity to record what you hear to share with friends and family.

8:00–10:00 PM

Address:
Northerly Island Park
1521 S. Linn White Dr.
Chicago IL 60605

 

Listen For Real Life Jiminy Crickets On Singing Insect Soundwalk – DNAinfo Chicago

Listen For Real Life Jiminy Crickets On Singing Insect Soundwalk – DNAinfo Chicago

Friday, July 28, 2017:  DNAINFO CHICAGO’S NORTH SIDE CORRESPONDENT, PATTY WELTI POSTED AN ARTICLE ABOUT MSAE’S SINGING INSECT MONITORING SOUNDWALK & TRAINING TODAY AT NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER, FROM 5:30PM – 8:00PM. PARTNERS INCLUDE INFERNO MOBILE RECORDING STUDIO AND THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. THANKS TO […]

“Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” Soundwalk with Lindsey French, Sunday, August 6

“Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” Soundwalk with Lindsey French, Sunday, August 6

Communication often focuses on the sender, but what is possible when we consider our role as a receiver? What kind of communication is sense-based? Drawing on biological modes of communication, visitors will be invited to engage in practices of active and sensual listening.

Welcome, Jonathan Eiseman as Co-Chair!

Welcome, Jonathan Eiseman as Co-Chair!

Succeeding as Co-chair of the MSAE is Jonathan Eiseman, soundscape ecologist, musician and active participant of the MSAE since 2015. Currently based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jonathan is attending Western Michigan University where he is pursuing his Masters in Science, under advisor Dr. Sharon Gill, a biologist whose research interests include avian bioacoustics, anthropogenic noise and behavioral ecology.  He serves as a Teaching Assistant for BIOS 1620: Ecology and Evolution Lab Section, Department of Biological Sciences, and is conducting soundscape research using passive acoustic monitors at ten Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy preserves across deciduous forest and grassland habitats. A native of California, Jonathan received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the College of Science and Health, concentration in Sustainability, and Minor in Communications and Media Studies at DePaul University.

Jonathan produces music on Aegypti Records.

Thank you, Christopher Preissing!

Thank you, Christopher Preissing!

Please join us in thanking Christopher Preissing for his leadership and involvement during his term as Co-chair of the MSAE. Over the years, Chris has contributed his time and effort to growing the listening community at large, and has made an enduring impact on MSAE. Chris will continue as a valued member of the MSAE as he directs NON:op Open Opera Works, an art non-profit in Chicago.

We are grateful for all of your work and look forward to following and supporting all of your future endeavors that we are confident will be nothing short of successes!