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!

Welcome, Jonathan Eiseman as Co-Chair!

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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.

Thank you, Christopher Preissing!

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:

Thank you to everyone for your support during this transition, and please extend a hearty welcome to Jonathan.
Christopher

World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost and Found

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You are invited to participate in

World Listening Day 2016

This year’s theme is “Sounds Lost and Found

 

  • Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
  • Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
  • Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.

Among the many global and local events planned is #SoundCon x World Listening Day “Sounds Lost and Found” virtual symposium on July 17-18. Please submit your presentation proposal by July 10, 2016. This symposium is a live, online broadcast of presentations on the theme of “Sounds Lost & Found.” Watch the presentations to be recorded and archived on YouTube LIVE.

World Listening Day is an initiative of the World Listening Project (WLP) with the support of Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes. Please “Like” the updates on the WLP’s Facebook Page. Follow the WLP on Twitter and use the #WLD2016 hashtag for World Listening Day activities by our members.

 

2014 Year-in-Review

MSAE 2014 year-in-review, plus what’s ahead in 2015.

We hope this New Year has started off well as we take time to reflect and take note of our activities and prospects. Happily, the MSAE had an extremely productive 2014. Highlights of the year and into 2015 include:

  • Eric Leonardson led a soundwalk and Chicago Phonography performance at Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on January 25, 2015. Performers included Todd Carter, Chad Clark, Ed Herrmann, Monica Ryan, and Chicago Wildsounds members Roni Jachowski, Matt Connor, and Lisa Kenny. Nearly 60 people participated in the soundwalk including many Ragdale artists-in-residence. Chicago Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman published an interview with Leonardson about the event on Monday, January 19. Nearly 60 people participated in the event.10620420_10153058263222002_6015118064643793497_o
  • Chicago Wildsounds is new and exciting acoustic ecology student group at DePaul University. We look forward to their upcoming public event “Rooted in Sound: A Night of Soundscapes,” at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the DePaul Art Museum. Please visit our website for details.
  • The American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE) will lead a pre-conference Acoustic Ecology Recording Workshop for Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate and Place, Reimagining Environments. In the conference Eric Leonardson and Andrea Polli will lead a panel entitled Eco-sensing in Higher Education Curriculum. Panel Participants are Linda Keane (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Leah Barclay (UNESCO Biosphere Soundscapes project), Christopher Preissing (Independent Artist), Lindsay French (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Meredith Hoy (Arizona State University), Leonardson and Polli. Leonardson will also present his paper, Our Sonic Playground: A Model for Active Engagement in Urban Soundscapes.

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Soundwalk and Performace at Brushwood Center – Sunday, January 25

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Listen to the song of the Chickadee while walking in Ryerson Woods

Join us for a soundwalk at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods with a performance by Chicago Phonography.

1-3 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

 

Brushwood Center
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Program:

  • 1 p.m.: We walk through the Brushwood Gallery, listening to the interior soundscape of the Brushwood Center. Then we walk down a trail in the Ryerson Conservation Area, enjoying the winter soundscape. We walk into the Ryerson Woods’ Welcome Center, and then walk back to the Brushwood Center where we have a post-soundwalk discussion with hot chocolate.
  • 2 p.m.: Chicago Phonography performance

This event is free and open to the public, and co-presented with the World Listening Project.

Click here for directions to the Brushwood Center. For more info please email worldlistening@gmail.com.

Listen to past performances by Chicago Phonography on Soundcloud

WFAE Conferences In 2014 | Call For Abstracts and Audioworks In March

Two important events will take place in 2014, endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). Sound In the Land is a 4-day festival and conference happening June 5-9 at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Invisible Places | Sounding Cities is a 3-day symposium on sound, urbanism and sense of place happening on July 18-20 in Viseu, Portugal within the annual Jardins Efémeros (Ephemeral Gardens) arts festival.

Submissions and proposals for Sound In the Land will be accepted until March 15, 2014. The deadline for submissions (abstracts and audio works) for Invisible Places has been extended to March 31, 2014.

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Happy 2013! Announcing New Members, Journal, Honors & Awards

We hope your new year is off to a great start. You may not have heard it, but a lot of things are happening in the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). Here’s a list that includes some things you can do:

  • Now is the time to renew your MSAE-ASAE membership, if you haven’t already. Memberships end annually on December 31. Please visit our “About” to renew or become a new member!
  • Publication of the latest issue of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, our print journal was long-delayed, and mailed to 2011 members last September. Contact info@mwsae.org if you have not received your copy.
  • MSAE member and co-chair Jay Needham became the new President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), last August when Eric Leonardson became President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). E-mail Jay at info@acousticecology.us
  • Chicago-based composer Christopher Preissing takes over as new MSAE co-chair serving with MSAE co-chair, and WFAE President Eric Leonardson. E-mail Chris at cpreissing@mwsae.org and Eric at info@mwsae.org
  • The WFAE’s online newsletter has changed from a bi-monthly to a quarterly publication cycle. The read the January-March front page features Eric Leonardson’s “President’s Report,” and updates on local, national, and international events among our nine WFAE Affiliates, and others in the field of acoustic ecology. Please submit your news for calendar listing, resources, and feature article ideas you may have. Check out the many conference calls for papers, shows, publishing opportunities, grants, residencies, jobs, etc. E-mail Gary Ferrington at wfae.newsletter@gmail.com
  • In his WFAE Affiliate Report , ASAE President Jay Needham welcomed and thanked new, returning, and outgoing ASAE Board members. Former ASAE President and current MSAE co-chair, Eric Leonardson serves now as ASAE Representative (liaison) of the ASAE and WFAE. Kenya Williams is new ASAE Membership Coordinator. Read about the rest on the ASAE web page.
  • WFAE’s Journal Editorial Committee is doing double-duty to bring the publication cycle of Soundscape back in sync, by completing its 2012 print journal this spring, while planning its next steps for this year’s journal. MSAE member and SIUC Professor Phylis Johnson is leading the effort, replacing Hildegard Westerkamp as Interim Editor-In-Chief. E-mail Phylis at soundscape-editor@wfae.net
  • The Soundscape: Journal of Acoustic Ecology web page was recently updated. Download back issues free, from the first publication in 2000 up to, and including the recent 2011 issue.
  • MSAE realizes it mission through local initiatives such as the World Listening Project (WLP), which has and continues to gain worldwide interest and appreciation since it was founded in 2008. Beginning in February the WLP’s website will  feature a series of blog posts about changing soundscapes, new listening practices, new recording techniques, reflections on recent events, interdisciplinary connections to acoustic ecology, and other topics relevant to field recording and concerns with the sonic environment. Several new posts will be published each month. The selected “bloggers” are from around the world, invited by MSAE member and WLP co-founder Dan Godston, who initiated the guest blogging project.
  • MSAE co-chair Eric Leonardson was honored to be a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, where he resides from January through May, 2013.
  • MSAE co-chair Christopher Preissing was awarded a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for his recent (October-November, 2012) residency at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. He is currently a Fellow at his third artist residency at VCCA: Virginia Center for the Arts, from February through early-March, 2013.
  • MSAE member Jay Needham was honored to have his field recordings of Panamanian Neotropical rainforests be part of the Biomuseo, a new biodiversity museum in Panama designed by Frank Gehry.
  • There’s more to tell, and we want you to tell us your membership news. For the most up-to-date news please visit and use our Facebook Page, and follow us on Twitter!

Listening Forward to a Happy New 2013!

—Christopher Preissing and Eric Leonardson, MSAE Co-chairs