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

JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS IN SOUNDWALKS WITH CHICAGO TEACHING ARTISTS 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 the […]

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

NOITP_SlideImage678x335Join 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.

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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.

Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 pm, with Amanda Gutierrez (Spanish/English), in partnership with ElevArte in Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. Chicago, IL 60608
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.

Friday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60646
Meet at Lodge. Limited openings. Please sign up on Eventbrite, or email singinginsects@gmail.com or call 312-550-6150. Share this FB Event.

Saturday, June 25, 4-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
Meet at Field House. Share this FB Event.

Via Chicago Transit Authority, the Washington Park Field House is near intersection of ML King Drive and 55th street. #55 Bus or from the Green Line 55th and E Garfield Blvd ‘L’ station, walk east past S Calumet Ave to King Drive, destination on the right. (Distance 0.2 mile) https://goo.gl/maps/i2uKYTwXwQm

 

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

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

 

Spring Fest, June 10

Spring Fest 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 […]

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 […]

Positive Sound Design in Urban Soundscapes – Chicago Tribune

This week, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin and I had a good chat about the positive role of sound in the design and experience of urban spaces. While noise problems at O’Hare Airport and Wrigley Field gain attention, we focused ways that sound reduces stress and enhance. Instead of the negative role, I mentioned specific examples of places in Chicago where I, and other MSAE members, have led soundwalks within Millennium Park.

Blair Kamin wrote, “Sound can alleviate, as well as accentuate, stress. It can delight us as well as drive us crazy. Sound should be a part of the recipe for cooking up great cities. Yet concocting that recipe is as much art as science.”

Read Kamin’s article “Soundscape of the city is about more than decibels.”

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park
The Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park has hedges that block street noise and allow for sounds of nature to be heard inside it. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)

‘scapes Sound Walk in the West Loop

Saturday, June 13 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Chicago Artists Coalition 217 North Carpenter, Chicago As the final programmatic element to his ‘scapes BOLT exhibition, Norman W. Long (MSAE) will take participants on a sound walk of the West Loop. Long will retrace his […]

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World Listening Day 2015: H2O

WLD2015logoYou are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2015, an annual global event held on July 18.

The purposes of World Listening Day are to:

  • 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.

This year’s theme for World Listening Day is “H2O”.

The global water crisis means 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water. Water is rapidly becoming the commodity of the 21st century and the catastrophic effects of climate change often involve negative associations with water. Rising sea levels, devastating floods, melting ice in Antarctica and droughts spreading throughout the globe, all highlight our increasingly unpredictable and extreme relationship with water.

Yet H2O is vital for life, water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and 60% of our bodies are made of water. Oceans, rivers and lakes are the core of many of the world’s iconic cities and historically civilizations formed around water. Indigenous communities across the globe believe water is at the core of our existence. For thousands of years communities have lived sustainably by holding significant cultural and spiritual value of rivers, lakes and oceans.

World leaders believe we need to create a cultural shift in how we think about water. We need a better understanding and awareness of the value of water and we need to make critical changes to avoid the ramifications of the global water crisis. In the words of Sylvia Earle “even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”

World Listening Day 2015: H2O invites you to reflect on water, metaphorically in how you listen, or through creative events inspired by water and sound across the globe. The 2015 theme resonates at a time where we need to shift our collective thinking and actions towards water globally.

World Listening Day 2015 will include a virtual symposium hosted on WaterWheel (www.water-wheel.net), an electronic publication, and hundreds of events taking place across the globe.

World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP), the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) and Biosphere Soundscapes. July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian writer, educator, philosopher, visual artist, and composer R. Murray Schafer. His efforts leading the World Soundscape Project and his seminal book, The Tuning of the World, inspired global interest in a new field of research and practice known as Acoustic Ecology.

World Listening Project, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Biosphere Soundscapes invite you to participate in World Listening Day 2015 on Saturday, July 18, and through the week of July 12th-18th. Some suggestions on how you can participate and organize include:

  • Soundwalks or listening events in your local community, with a particular focus on oceans, rivers, lakes and catchments
  • Field recording trips or workshops
  • Site-specific performance events
  • Concerts curating water inspired compositions (contact us to connect with composers and sound artists)
  • Personal experiences of attentive listening or field recording
  • Educational events that relate to acoustic ecology, field recording, or a similar topic
  • Public talks or lectures about listening, water and acoustic ecology including participation in the World Listening Day H2O virtual symposium on July 17-18.

Use the hashtag #WLD2015 to connect with other local and global groups participating in the World Listening Day 2015: H2O and get involved.

Participation in World Listening Day is rapidly expanding every year. In this sixth year we anticipate even greater activity and interest.

Please join in the World Listening Day 2015 activities by emailing worldlistening@mwsae.org about your plans and be sure to include “World Listening Day” in the subject line.

Please fill out the World Listening Day 2015 online participation form so we can promote your projects and include them in our documentation.

Please use our Quick Submission Form if you would prefer to provide brief details about your activities. It will only take two minutes! Thanks!

 

Highland Park Public Library Presents: Earth Day Harmony with Nature

Eric Leonardson of the Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology will introduce the concept of Soundscape Ecology and lead participants in a sound walk. This is an all ages event. Saturday, April 18 2:00pm – 3:00pm Highland Park Public Library 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, Illinois […]