exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

Tag: 2016

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk Map

Ryerson Woods Soundwalk Map

Here’s the hand-drawn map our soundwalkers made, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on 20 November, 2016, noting the various sounds heard on-site around Ryerson Cabin on the Des Plaines River. Below is a map of the route, starting from the Brushwood Center to Ryerson Cabin […]

Soundwalk Through Ryerson Woods

Discover the sounds of Ryerson Woods with Eric Leonardson. Offered in collaboration with the Brushwood Center, World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, this is an opportunity to learn about exploring and appreciating nature’s aural landscape.

Arts & Nature Calumet 50th Anniversary Celebration, NPS Centennial

anniversarylogoJoin us for “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide” at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore celebrating its 50th Anniversary and the National Park Service’s Centennial.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street
Gary, IN  46403

Free admission, all ages

Activities include:

  • Soundwalk at 11:00 a.m. along the Miller Trail co-led by MaryAm Ghadiri and Ben Gottesman
  • Nature-inspired art making for youth and adults (ongoing)
  • Poetry readings and performances 1-3:00 p.m.

Art making activities include leaf poem collage, mixed media artworks, poetry readings and performances for and by youth and adults from the Calumet Region, including Gary and Chicago.

This event is a partnership of Borderbend Arts Collective with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Calumet Artist Residency, Center for Global Soundscapes, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Video: Soundwalks in Chicago parks

Amanda Gutierrez produced this short video document of our soundwalks in Chicago parks, to help answer a frequently asked question, What is a soundwalk? The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Soundwalks In The Parks Series continues through October, November, and December. Please join us. These […]

Nature on Tap! The Sounds of Summer – Music of the Night, September 7

September 7 at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Enjoy this once-a-month chance to explore the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum kid-free.

Night Out in The Parks – Chicago Soundwalk Series Continues in August

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Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist.

For all ages—admission free.

  • Saturday, August 6 5–6 pm with Norman W. Long at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Meet at Refectory near swimming pool.

  • Friday, August 12 7–8 pm with Amanda Gutierrez* at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Meet at Field House, in partnership with Yollocalli.

  • Saturday, August 27 10–11 am with Eric Leonardson at West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Western Ave. Meet at Western Avenue Entrance.

Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.

A Soundwalk is…

  • For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
  • Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound
    around us no matter where we are.”
  • Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
  • Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour

A Soundscape is…

  • Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
  • Always changing, no sound is ever the same
  • Not always noticed and often ignored
  • A natural resource
  • A design made in sound

Download (PDF) our poster here or our flyer here.

Join Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project again for more Night Out In The Parks activities this fall, and winter!

*Member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.

World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost and Found

You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2016 “Sounds Lost and Found”

Night Out In The Parks – Chicago Soundwalk Series Starts, June 23–25

Join your neighbors in soundwalks with teaching artists and scientists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment, as a listener and performer of your soundscape. Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship the sounds around us. Discover […]

Spring Fest, June 10

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A Celebration of

Citizen Science and Stewardship

Palmisano Park

2700 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Illinois

June 10 5:30 to 9:00 PM

Come out for a day of celebration in one of Chicago’s beautiful natural spaces! Learn to identify local birds and plants, listen to the sounds of nature, and soak in musical and theatrical performances. While enjoying the festivities, you will also learn more about opportunities to study and protect Chicago’s natural treasures.

At 6:30 MSAE Co-chair, Eric Leonardson leads a soundwalk, followed by a panel discussion from 7:30 to 8:30. Leonardson speaks on ecoacoustics and acoustic ecology, including our projects with The 606 Soundscape, Night Out In The Parks, and World Listening Day 2016.

Festival located at the south entrance across from McGuane Park

(312) 747-6497

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Night Out In the Parks 2016

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology was honored to receive Chicago Park District award to support our 2016 Soundwalks In The Parks program for Night Out In the Parks. In partnership with the World Listening Project, we will lead a series of guided soundwalks, workshops […]