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MWSAE Summer Soundwalks 2019

MWSAE Summer Soundwalks 2019

Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology is happy to announce its fourth annual series with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks program. Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks and listening in the parks. Join your neighbors in […]

Hear Below: Listening to Chicago Underground

While other sightseeing tours of the Chicago pedway are offered to the public, Christopher Preissing’s approach departed from the typical visual emphasis for the aural. Soundwalkers listened for the distinctive sounds and ever-present tones that define the pedway’s many rooms, corridors, and their occupants.

World Listening Day 2019: Listening With

World Listening Day 2019: Listening With

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2019, an annual global event held every July 18.

This year’s theme is LISTENING WITH created by internationally acclaimed sound artist Annea Lockwood.

Listening with …

listening with the neighborhood

at midnight, and again at dawn.

Listening with an awareness that all around you are other life-forms simultaneously listening and sensing with you – plant roots, owls, cicadas, voles – mutually intertwined within the web of vibrations which animate and surround our planet.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology is among dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents who have participated in World Listening Day. Help us share and grow participation in this annual event please by adding your information to the World Listening Project’s online participation form.

July 18th is the birth date of renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer. His World Soundscape Project developed the fundamental ideas and practices of acoustic ecology in the 1970s. These inform the current, burgeoning interest in our changing acoustic environment. Thus, World Listening Day honors Schafer’s contribution to understanding our world.