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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.

Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16

Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16

Norman W. Long (MSAE) and Sara Zalek (Butoh Chicago) will lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature.

Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

Night Out in the Parks Programming & Summer Soundwalks

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!

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.

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 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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“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 Christopher Preissing as Co-chair of the MSAE is Jonathan Eiseman, soundscape ecologist, musician and supporting member of the MSAE since 2015.

Between the Wind and the Ground | Saturday, July 29th

Between the Wind and the Ground | Saturday, July 29th

3pm – 5pm
Big Marsh
11555 S. Stony Island
Chicago, IL 60633

Join teaching sound artists Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek on a soundwalk focusing on movement and nature. This event is brought to you by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Night Out In the Parks summer programming. Free for the public!

Please be mindful of marsh conditions and summer weather, you may need: long pants, water, sunscreen and non-toxic bug repellent.

+Norman W. Long info
+Sara Zalek info

Transportation Update:
+For those of you taking public transportation: we will provide a shuttle from the Stony Island Garage Terminal (and 103rd St.) at 2:45pm. Please email veronica@mwsae.org with any questions.
+For those of you driving: parking is off of Stony Island Ave.

We will meet at the parking lot before the soundwalk begins.

 

Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park | Saturday, August 5th

Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park | Saturday, August 5th

Join teaching sound artist Norman W. Long on a soundwalk. “Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park” is dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs as part of their centennial celebrations this year.