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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World Listening Day 2014 Soundwalk in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park – Friday, July 18

6:00 pm, Friday, July 18

 

Lurie Gardens, Millennium Park
Lurie Gardens, Millennium Park

Join us on World Listening Day for a public soundwalk in Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden. This year’s theme is “Listen To You!”

Friday’s Soundwalk will be led by Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) members Matthew Griffin and Norman Long. Meet at 6:00 pm at the south end of Lurie Garden under the pedestrian bridge across the street from the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Click for more information about the Lurie Garden and for a map of the Lurie Garden.

After enjoying the sounds of Lurie Garden and Millennium Park, join us for a reception at ARU studio space, located at 625 N Michigan Ave.

World Listening Day 2014 At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Saturday, July 19

1:00 pm Saturday, July 19

 

Soundwalk at Miller Woods, May 2014
Soundwalk at Miller Woods, May 2014

Join us for a public soundwalk in Miller Woods for World Listening Day 2014. This year’s theme is “Listen To You!”

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) member Monica Ryan will open your senses to the soundscapes of the oak savannah and wetlands marsh in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, with its surrounding mix of wildlife habitat and steel industry.

Meet us on Saturday, July 19 at the Paul H. Douglas Environmental Education Center, 100 N Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403

In some places along the walk mosquitoes may be present and abundant. Wearing long sleeves and pants will help avoid bites. This event is free to public and supported by the U.S. National Park Service.

Invitation to 2014 World Listening Day – “Listen To You!” – July 18

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day on July 18, 2014.

Our theme is “Listen To You!”WLP logo

  • How do you make yourself heard by others ?
  • How do you listen and what do you hear when you want to be unseen?
  • How might the sounds you produce adapt to your nearby environment?
  • What might a “listening ethic” be?
  • How might such an ethic apply to understanding the relationship between all living beings?

Please visit www.worldlisteningproject.org and help us get the word out. Since 2010 thousands people and organizations have observed and celebrated this annual event. This year promises to be another exciting time to learn out about all the dynamic ideas and approaches they have.

Participate in the 2014 World Listening Day by emailing worldlistening@gmail.com about your plans. Please be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line or download the 2013 World Listening Day participation form here. Thanks!

 

Classroom Acoustical Environments and Student Achievement – May 29

6:00pm Thursday, May 29

Join Ravenswood Elementary School and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) for the presentation, “Effects of Classroom Acoustical Environments on Student Achievement” by Lauren M. Ronsse, PhD.

Ravenswood Elementary School, 4332 N. Paulina St. Chicago, IL 60613

Admission is free to the public.

Dr. Lauren Ronsse is a Assistant Professor of Acoustics in the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department at Columbia College Chicago. Eric Leonardson will introduce the meeting and moderate the discussion. Leonardson is an artist, MSAE founder, Director of the World Listening Project, President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sound transmission and reception is an essential aspect of communication and the environment. Among the outcomes of this meeting will be a discussion on how building design and construction affect quality of teaching and learning. Improved acoustic environments will benefit both children and adults. Our discussion aims to find ways to improve upon existing building structures, while creating effective strategies and opportunities for the future of acoustical design and architecture.
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Soundwalk in the Dunes – Saturday, May 24

1:00 PM May 24, 2014

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 100 N. Lake Street in Gary, IndianaListening for the Future Soundwalk

Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology as they teach visitors to listen to the symphony of sounds of nature and humans in Miller Woods. This program begins at 1:00 pm Central Time inside the Douglas Center with listening tips and weather permitting, continues outdoors.

Travel between Chicago and Northwest Indiana is available on the South Shore Line. Visit www.nictd.com for schedules, fares, maps, and stations.

This program is part of the free Saturday open house programs at the Douglas Center. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact the park information desk at 219-395-1882.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov/indu.

Feb. 15–18: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

hummingbird photo by Anna MaleDo you enjoy listening to birdsong, bird watching, learning about habitat loss, and other changes in our natural and urban environments?

Then you may be interested in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This newly global, annual event helps in the study of birds and the health of their populations. You’re invited to participate. Learn how by visiting: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

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