exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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Membership for 2010, Looking Ahead, Good News

A message to American Society for Acoustic Ecology members from Michelle Nagai, Membership Coordinator/Treasurer: Greetings Members, and Happy New Year! The time has come to renew your membership in the American Society for Acoustic Ecology. Our membership year coincides with the calendar year. Please follow […]

World Listening Project seeking audio for “Acoustic Mirror of the World”

The World Listening Project is seeking audio submissions for its “Acoustic Mirror of the World,” a sound sculpture/installation created for the “Synesthetic Plan of Chicago” show, marking the 100-year anniversary of Daniel Burnham’s 1909 “Plan of Chicago.” The sculpture/installation was conceived and constructed by Eric […]

reflections on three recent soundwalks in Chicago

Dan Godston recording beehive
Dan Godston recording beehive

The World Listening Project has organized three soundwalks recently—at the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Garfield Park Conservatory on August 1st, and by/around the Michael Reese Hospital campus on September 12th. It’s been good to be involved with these soundwalks, and the WLP and MSAE are planning several more soundwalks in the coming months. This post details what happened. (more…)

Soundwalk in Bronzeville on September 12

join World Listening Project members in a soundwalk around the Michael Reese Hospital campus on Saturday, September 12

Destruction of Sasaki and Collins Landscaping at Michael Reese Hospital Campus

In wanton disregard of the great cultural, historical, and ecological value of the Michael Reese Hosptial Campus, the City of Chicago has begun demolishing “some of the most beautiful landscapes in the city.”

A Soundwalk Idea for Chicago’s Bauhaus District by the Michael Reese Hospital Campus

Many recent developments have occurred regarding the fate of Michael Reese Hospital located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The group leading the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Chicago2016 is planning to demolish the hospital, but the Gropius in Chicago Coalition, Preservation Chicago, Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, and other organizations have been campaigning to preserve those buildings. Many of the buildings at MRH were designed by architects with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and the The Architects Collaborative. The landscape architecture designed by Hideo Sasaki and Lester Collins that mitigated traffic noise around MRH’s psychiatric institute.

Two public hearings addressed the plans to demolish MRH. The first was on Monday, July 20th, at Daley College. The following night a public hearing was held in Bronzeville. To find out more, please visit www.gropiuschicago.org.

Buildings on the Michael Reese Hospital Campus
Buildings and landscape of Michael Reese Hospital Campus

It would be interesting to see if a soundwalk could happen by Michael Reese Hospital. Earlier this week, demolition bids were issued to several local companies. Abatement (removal of asbestos, etc.) has already begun. I’m not sure if it would be appropriate to have a soundwalk happen in the direct vicinity of MRH, later this summer… Apartment complexes and other properties border the hospital campus. If a soundwalk happens during the abatement process, the soundwalk participants would be hearing what the residents of that neighborhood would be hearing. A soundwalk could possibly happen there at the end of August / beginning of September.

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Chicago Phonography at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art presents an installation and five performances by members of Chicago Phonography who take recorded ambient sounds from the urban environment and translate them into an engaging and continuous visual experience.


Listening to Our Planet

Monday, April 20 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Conaway Center, 11 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor Columbia College, Chicago, IL  60605. Listening to Our Planet is a daylong event that celebrates the Earth and its natural beauty and resources, and raises awareness about environmental issues. This multi-disciplinary […]

Art + Design Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 (6:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Theater at Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
free and open to the public

Founding members of the World Listening Project,  Brett Balogh, Chad Clark, Daniel Godston, Eric Leonardson, and Jesse Seay will hold a panel discussion in Columbia Collge’s Art + Design Lecture Series.

Topics include local soundscape recording and mapping projects such as  Favorite Chicago Sounds and Chicago Phonography, radiophonic space as it relates to natural environments, and the global mission of the World Listening Project.

For more info contact Eric Leonardson eric@ericleonardson.org

ASAE welcomes new chapter: Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

announcement of the founding of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), an affiliate of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Forum of Acoustic Ecology.