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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 […]

Join us for a meeting of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

Jay Needham performs This is a Recording, a work for radio and video.

Happy 2013! Announcing New Members, Journal, Honors & Awards

We hope your new year is off to a great start. You may not have heard it, but a lot of things are happening in the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). Here’s a list that includes some things you can do:

  • Now is the time to renew your MSAE-ASAE membership, if you haven’t already. Memberships end annually on December 31. Please visit our “About” to renew or become a new member!
  • Publication of the latest issue of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, our print journal was long-delayed, and mailed to 2011 members last September. Contact info@mwsae.org if you have not received your copy.
  • MSAE member and co-chair Jay Needham became the new President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), last August when Eric Leonardson became President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). E-mail Jay at info@acousticecology.us
  • Chicago-based composer Christopher Preissing takes over as new MSAE co-chair serving with MSAE co-chair, and WFAE President Eric Leonardson. E-mail Chris at cpreissing@mwsae.org and Eric at info@mwsae.org
  • The WFAE’s online newsletter has changed from a bi-monthly to a quarterly publication cycle. The read the January-March front page features Eric Leonardson’s “President’s Report,” and updates on local, national, and international events among our nine WFAE Affiliates, and others in the field of acoustic ecology. Please submit your news for calendar listing, resources, and feature article ideas you may have. Check out the many conference calls for papers, shows, publishing opportunities, grants, residencies, jobs, etc. E-mail Gary Ferrington at wfae.newsletter@gmail.com
  • In his WFAE Affiliate Report , ASAE President Jay Needham welcomed and thanked new, returning, and outgoing ASAE Board members. Former ASAE President and current MSAE co-chair, Eric Leonardson serves now as ASAE Representative (liaison) of the ASAE and WFAE. Kenya Williams is new ASAE Membership Coordinator. Read about the rest on the ASAE web page.
  • WFAE’s Journal Editorial Committee is doing double-duty to bring the publication cycle of Soundscape back in sync, by completing its 2012 print journal this spring, while planning its next steps for this year’s journal. MSAE member and SIUC Professor Phylis Johnson is leading the effort, replacing Hildegard Westerkamp as Interim Editor-In-Chief. E-mail Phylis at soundscape-editor@wfae.net
  • The Soundscape: Journal of Acoustic Ecology web page was recently updated. Download back issues free, from the first publication in 2000 up to, and including the recent 2011 issue.
  • MSAE realizes it mission through local initiatives such as the World Listening Project (WLP), which has and continues to gain worldwide interest and appreciation since it was founded in 2008. Beginning in February the WLP’s website will  feature a series of blog posts about changing soundscapes, new listening practices, new recording techniques, reflections on recent events, interdisciplinary connections to acoustic ecology, and other topics relevant to field recording and concerns with the sonic environment. Several new posts will be published each month. The selected “bloggers” are from around the world, invited by MSAE member and WLP co-founder Dan Godston, who initiated the guest blogging project.
  • MSAE co-chair Eric Leonardson was honored to be a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, where he resides from January through May, 2013.
  • MSAE co-chair Christopher Preissing was awarded a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for his recent (October-November, 2012) residency at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. He is currently a Fellow at his third artist residency at VCCA: Virginia Center for the Arts, from February through early-March, 2013.
  • MSAE member Jay Needham was honored to have his field recordings of Panamanian Neotropical rainforests be part of the Biomuseo, a new biodiversity museum in Panama designed by Frank Gehry.
  • There’s more to tell, and we want you to tell us your membership news. For the most up-to-date news please visit and use our Facebook Page, and follow us on Twitter!

Listening Forward to a Happy New 2013!

—Christopher Preissing and Eric Leonardson, MSAE Co-chairs


The Global Composition Conference, July 25 – 28, 2012

The Global Composition Conference on Sound, Media, and Environment is happening, July 25 – 28 at Hochschule Darmstadt in Dieburg, Germany. In the program, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members Jay Needham and Eric Leonardson perform Chronography: Animal on Friday, July 27, in the Internationales […]

SIU launches Antarctica, Imagined Geographies

  My colleagues Gary Kolb, Dr. Peter Lemish and Megan Lotts and I have been busy over the past several months preparing a large scale initiative here in Carbondale centering on Antarctica. The initiative features lectures, films, panel discussions an installation and  a concert event. […]

Winter/Spring 2011 Meeting Schedule

Our New Year kicks off with a series of monthly meetings. Please mark your calendar and join us.

MSAE members meet, Jan 23 2011
MSAE-WLP members Jan 23 2011

Sunday January 23 2011 Kick-off meeting

4:00 pm, at the Woodlawn Tap (formerly known as Jimmy’s) in the West Room, 1172 E 55th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (773) 643-5516. Google Map

This will be a planning meeting and social event, a chance to get caught up on our efforts, reacquainted with one another, and announce new initiatives. Also, it’s a chance to begin or renew your American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE) membership. As always, local World Listening Project board members and supporters are invited and will be participating. Following the meeting, you may walk with us to The Renaissance Society for a free concert by Tony Conrad at 8 pm.

on the stage something happened
Jay Needham: Ars Memoria...

Friday, Febuary 18 Jay Needham: Ars Memoria…

7–9:00 pm at The (New) Corpse

1511 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Jay Needham will present selections from recent works in a lecture titled Ars Memoria: Several Alternate Histories of Place. Jay will be finishing a chapter on the sounds of Mashinima and planning an evening of radio art and surround sound works for the April 2011 Out of the Box Contemporary Music Festival in Carbondale, Illinois. Jay is a Sound and Media Artist who teaches in the Communications Department at Southern Illinois University, and a member of the MSAE.

Viv Corringham photo
Viv Corringham Shadow-walks

Wednesday, March 16 Viv Corringham: Shadow-walks project

7–9:00 pm Room 616, Columbia College

33 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

Viv Corringham comes to Chicago in March to talk about her Shadow-walks project. This began in 2003 and has occurred in 15 places in the USA, Canada and Europe. It is rooted in her interest in people’s relationship with familiar places, and involves three main elements: walking with others, listening to environmental sound, and her own improvised singing. She will play selections of work based on recent artist residencies at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Portugal and the Deep Listening Institute in New York State. Viv is a vocal artist and composer based in Minneapolis, and a longtime member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology.

CANCELED: April 16 Steve Jones: Netsch soundwalk at UIC

2–5:00 pm, Room 1169, Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB)

1007 W. Harrison Street
University of Illinois at Chicago

Please check back for updates, as we plan to add soundwalks, workshops, and other events to our Spring and Summer 2011 schedule.