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 […]
October 2015 By Erik Summerville Borderbend Arts Collective, Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site, Outdoor Afro, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) co-presented a multi-faceted community engagement sound event at Chicago’s Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site on Saturday, October 3rd. Eric […]
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.”
It is now possible to download the 812-page proceedings from the 2014 Invisible Places | Sounding Cities symposium at http://invisibleplaces.org/IP2014.pdf. A city is a place of diversities. Its rhythms are sometimes contrapuntal, sometimes synchronous. We live in a city of multiple destinations and routes—spaces populated […]
Listen and look at Steve Jones’s November 12, 2001 Presentation and Soundwalk at UIC Behavioral Sciences Building:
Download Steve Jones’s slideshow for his talk: NetschSoundwalk2011 [PDF 1.3 MB]
Listen to Alison Cuddy’s 1-minute feature for “Weekender” on WBEZ:
News of the results of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology’s first-ever national symposium and Board of Directors’ retreat is spreading. Hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project, Listening for the Future helped raise awareness of acoustic ecology in Chicago, and it is hoped, positions the ASAE for a more active role in building awareness about acoustic ecology, and helping individuals who seek to actively engage and apply its ideas and practices through more effective leadership.
Eric Leonardson’s report about Listening for the Future was published in the September/October 2010 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) Newsletter. New York Society for Acoustic Ecology member and ASAE Treasurer, Edmund Mooney reported on Listening for the Future for the 2010 issue of Soundscape, The Journal of Acoustic Ecology.
Visit the ASAE “Listening for the Future” symposium page to see the variety and sequence of the symposium’s events. Check back to mwsae.org for the conference proceedings to be published on this website.
Also, see photos and listen to some of the sounds from our symposium on our Facebook page.
The destruction of Chicago’s Gropius architecture and Bauhaus legacy has begun. As reported here in August, the City of Chicago destroyed nearly all of the landscaping around the Michael Reese Hospital campus—the 37-acre site that was purchased by the city for construction of an Olympic […]