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Night Soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library – Wed., July 26

Night Soundwalk at Wauconda Area Library – Wed., July 26

This soundwalk, led by artist and educator Eric Leonardson, will focus on night sounds around the Wauconda Area Library — a blend of forest and wetland soundscapes.

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

Eric Leonardson will lead the group through listening exercises during a short soundwalk which will then be followed by a singing insect monitor training and a second soundwalk led by Dr. Carl Strang.

Field Recording Workshop Sat., July 8th

Field Recording Workshop Sat., July 8th

We have filled all of our spots! If you would like to be added to our waitlist please email veronica@mwsae.org. Thank you for your interest!

We are thrilled to announce a very special opportunity for a field recording workshop in collaboration with Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, Experimental Sound Studio and West Ridge Nature Preserve. This is a one day workshop that will take you outside to record the soundscapes at West Ridge Nature Preserve and learn studio processing techniques at Experimental Sound Studio. Space is limited to ensure everyone has equipment. If you are interested do not delay on registration, we will only be able to take six people!

Registration opens Friday, 6/30 at 11am and closes Friday, 7/7 at 6pm.

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June 21, Play Stones/Water/Time/Breath on Make Music Day

June 21, Play Stones/Water/Time/Breath on Make Music Day

Join us at sunrise on Make Music Day in a public, participatory performance of Dean Rosenthal: Stones/Water/Time/Breath led by MSAE founder Eric Leonardson

May 18 | Farm-to-Fork Dinner | The Earth Will Not Abide

May 18 | Farm-to-Fork Dinner | The Earth Will Not Abide


Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology member Eric Leonardson serves up some sounds for Farm-to-Fork Dinner, at Gallery 400. This event is part of the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide (April 20—June 10, 2017)

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago IL

Space is very limited; please RSVP for a seat at the table: http://wastenotwantnot.rsvpify.com

Join us for dinner and conversation in participation with the Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table. Guided by our guest facilitator, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, we will explore topics of food waste and our collective relationship to agriculture. Nourish your body with a farm-to-fork prepared meal by Chef Abra Berens and feed your mind with conversation around the politics of sustainability. More…

World Listening Day “Listening to the Ground” July 18, 2017

World Listening Day “Listening to the Ground” July 18, 2017

You are invited to participate in the seventh annual World Listening Day 2017, an annual global event held on July 18. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Ground.” “Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we […]

Night Out In The Parks 2017 Summer Soundwalk Series

Night Out In The Parks 2017 Summer Soundwalk Series

Discover Chicago’s SUMMER SOUNDSCAPES Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks & listening in the parks. Join your neighbors in soundwalks led by faculty and alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow teaching […]

Illinois News Bureau on Benefits of Soundwalking | Interview With Eric Leonardson

Illinois News Bureau on Benefits of Soundwalking | Interview With Eric Leonardson

Eric Leonardson
Photo by David Zuchowski

On April 26 the Illinois News Bureau published Jodi Heckel’s feature with MSAE founder and co-chair Eric Leonardson on the benefits of soundwalks. On April 27 and 28 Leonardson is a guest of the Sonified Sustainability Festival at University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana where he leads soundwalks in Meadowbrook Park on Thursday, and Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods on Friday.

April 27 & 28 Soundwalks For Sonified Sustainability

April 27 & 28 Soundwalks For Sonified Sustainability

The April 27 walks are at Meadowbrook Park and the April 28 walks are at Busey Woods. Admission is free, but tickets are required