About MSAE


The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), established in 2009, is a membership organization dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies, while promoting public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration of natural and cultural sound environments.

MSAE realizes its mission through local initiatives in agreement with the common aims and goals of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). These include public soundwalks, educational workshops, and creative and scholarly productions. We partner with other organizations, including the National Park Service, Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago Park District, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Mixage Fou, and World Listening Project, among others.


MSAE members are encouraged to join the WFAE as Individual Affiliate Members. (Membership payments are not tax-deductible at this time.) Benefits include:

  • Publication of your activities in the WFAE News and the annual digital publication Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology
  • Reduced admission to MSAE and WFAE sponsored conferences and events
  • Opportunities to connect and engage in discourse with a local, national, and international community of “ear-minded” people

About the WFAE

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), founded in 1993, is an international association of affiliated organizations and individuals, who share a common concern with the state of the world’s soundscapes. Its members represent a multi-disciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.

The WFAE encourages your participation in the growth and development of regional affiliate groups around the world. Learn more about the WFAE by visiting www.wfae.net.