Dear Listening Community, 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. Read our Fall 2017 Newsletter here.
Free soundwalk and sound mapping activity with Chicago artist @normanwlong tomorrow, 1pm tomorrow at Garden of the Phoenix. This session explores time, culture and space. All welcome 💚👂🍁 . . . . #ChicagoParkDistrict #InfernoCPD #chicagoparks #SoundRecreation #chicagoartist #chicagoart #chicagoevents #chicagonature #cultureartsandnature #soundart #soundwalk
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!
For the second summer in a row, MSAE participates in the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” summer program that brings “cultural events to neighborhood parks throughout the city”. 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 interns and Program & Event Facilitator, Sean Heaney of Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.
Amanda Gutiérrez led a bilingual (English and Spanish) “Sonic Taste of Chinatown” soundwalk on May 6th, in the near south side neighborhood where the sense of taste and hearing were activated through the personal narrative of Amanda, a Mexican immigrant whose family history is linked to Chinese culture.
Eric Leonardson with the support of the Calling Frog Survey Chicago led the “Calling Frog Soundwalk” on June 17th and 24th at West Ridge Nature Preserve where he provided an introduction to frog calls and their presence within the West Ridge soundscape. Eric also led, a much anticipated, “Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training” with Chicago’s Singing Insect Monitoring Program on July 28th at the North Park Village Nature Center. This event was part soundwalk and part citizen science training in an effort to collect data on Chicago’s singing insects.
Norman Long led “Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park” at the DuSable Museum in commemoration of Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs’ centennial celebrations. Norman also recounted the significance this space once held for longtime Chicago jazz player, poet, and philosopher, Sun Ra.
Sara Zalek and Norman Long led “Between the Wind and the Ground” soundwalk at the newly opened Big Marsh park on July 29th. The soundwalk focused on movement that highlighted the space’s history as it has evolved from a former grey dump site to a natural area and recreational bike park. Each artist performed an improvisational piece that bore witness to the revitalization of the park’s natural areas.
Lindsey French led “Tangles and Flows” at Ping Tom Park on August 6th. Lindsey’s soundwalk focused on connective listening and plant communication. As mostly sessile beings, plants nevertheless actively express themselves through growth and position.
Anthony Janas led “A Prairie in the Lake” at Northerly Island on August 13th with two handmade hydrophone listening stations, which gave listeners an opportunity to eavesdrop on the unheard sounds of Lake Michigan. Attendees were also given the opportunity to record what they heard to share with friends and family.
In addition to the NOITP summer soundwalks, MSAE led other soundwalks around the Chicagoland area including a night soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library and a private soundwalk for SoHo House Chicago members. Planning is underway for MSAE’s third 2018 summer soundwalk series. Contact us with any of your ideas and suggestions for future programming in the parks!
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 Soundscape: A Virtual Panel
Eric Leonardson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Chicago, USA.
Paraphrasing Tacita Dean and Jeremy Millar, it is surprising that our sense of place is so strong and yet it defies definition. Herein lies one of many paradoxes and conundrums that provide a kind of soil or spark for new ideas about how art and science attract constant appraisal and reappraisal of the questions: “Where am I, where do I belong?” as a state of being. Proposed is a panel discussion of several ongoing projects that intersected in 2015, under the name “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape,” a course taught in the fall of 2015 by Eric Leonardson and Lindsey French, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This studio course connected concepts and practices of acoustic ecology with the hacking aesthetic of art and technology to open up possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations that offer new understandings of our environments and our boundaries, locations, and roles within them. Subsequently, numerous collaborations continue in new contexts and places with additional support for public engagement in the ecologies of sound, listening, and environment. The panelists, who join Leonardson on-site and online are sound and media artists Leah Barclay, Norman W. Long, Amanda Gutiérrez, and architect Linda Keane. Their individual and combined efforts engage and activate students and public communities in design of urban soundscapes using virtual environments, social codes of immigrant communities, river listening, soundwalking, plant communication, and new media.
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.
Northerly Island Park
1521 S. Linn White Dr.
Chicago IL 60605
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 THE BACKING OF THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT’S NIGHT OUT IN THE PARKS (NOITP) PROGRAM, MSAE IS ABLE TO SUPPORT CHICAGO TEACHING ARTISTS PLAN AND LEAD THEMATIC SOUNDWALKS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. FUTURE PARK SOUNDWALKS INCLUDE THE NEWLY OPENED BIG MARSH IN THE FAR SOUTH SIDE, PING TOM PARK NEAR CHINA TOWN AND NORTHERLY ISLAND PARK. SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE.
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The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presents Soundwalks – quiet events leading groups to explore their relationship as listeners in the acoustic environment. This soundwalk, “Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” will be led by teaching artist, Lindsey French.
About the soundwalk:
You cannot move except to grow. With some exceptions, plants are immobile. As mostly sessile beings, plants nevertheless actively express themselves through growth and position, whether or not we detect these changes through human perception. Plants send promiscuous signs into the atmosphere by way of airborne chemicals. 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. Alternating between motion and stillness, along the river and under a canopy of trees, we will attune to both sounds and sensation in practices of radical receptivity.
10:30am – 12pm
Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S. Wentworth Ave.*
Chicago, IL 60616
*Meet at the Pagoda located at the Chinatown Water Taxi stop. From 18th street, Turn south onto Wentworth and west onto 19th. Walk along the path from 19th under the El and past the Divvy station. The Pagoda is beside the river.
**Please bring sun protection, water and bug repellent if needed.
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.
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!
FAREWELL LETTER FROM CHRIS:
Dear listeners and MSAE members,
I am writing to inform you that I am stepping down at the end of this month as MSAE co-chair and would like to introduce Jonathan Eiseman as our chapter’s next co-chair. Although there have been a number of changes and challenges in my personal life, I will remain a member of the MSAE and a board member of the ASAE while continuing my practice and directing my own arts non-profit, NONop Open Opera Works. Jonathan is a musician and scientist, originally from the Bay Area, completing his Masters at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Jonathan and Eric Leonardson will lead the MSAE from Chicago and Kalamazoo along with Veronica Jachowski, MSAE Director of Programming and Communications.
During the last several years I am proud to have served as MSAE co-chair producing the following activities:
- Coordinated the Chicago Sound Bank and selected awards with Eric Leonardson for the 6th Annual Mixage Fou (Crazy Mix) Sound Bank and the 6th annual Mixage Fou International 80-Second Sound Competition in 2014.
- Coordinated and performed in Water Music on the Beach on September 7, 2014.
- Participated in BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2015 Conference On Electronic Art & Climate.Promoted, participated in, and reported on World Listening Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Promoted Adopt-a-Beach™ Outdoor Family Event & Launch of “Go Outside, Evanston!” on September 20, 2014.
- In 2013, awarded a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for residency at Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and his third artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Arts.
- Complied and mastered The Empty Space, a joint release by The World Listening Project and The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology on the Wandering Ear net.label in 2012
- Helped coordinate soundwalks at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with National Park Service.
- Participated in “Listening for the Future” the American Society for Acoustic Ecology’s first-ever national symposium and retreat, in July 2010.