exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

Tag: nature

MSAE Celebrates Douglas Center Silver Anniversary, Saturday June 25

Enjoy the natural beauty of Miller Woods. Celebrate families, soundscape, and education from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and honor the 25th anniversary of the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and “Leave No Child Inside” month.

2011 Nature Sound Recordists Campout [RCO_2011]

Announcing an invitation to participate in the Nature Sound Recordists Campout Wednesday June 1- Sunday June 5, 2011, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Germfask MI.

Soundwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, May 21

Join us for a soundwalk in Miller Woods at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Miller Woods Soundwalk 2010
Miller Woods Soundwalk 2010

Saturday, May 21 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N Lake Street, Gary, Indiana 46403 Tel: 219-395-1772
MSAE Contact: Eric Leonardson <info@mwsae.org>


Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project to learn how to explore the natural environment through sound and listening. After a brief talk, get some practical experience in focused listening outdoors in Miller Woods. Participation is free to the public.


  • The Paul H. Douglas Center is a 20 to 30-minute walk north from Miller station on the South Shore Line.
  • South Shore NICTD trains depart from downtown Chicago three times in the morning. We will meet at 10:30 at Millennium Park station, 151 E. Randolph Street and take Train Number 603, departing at 10:45 a.m. Tickets cost $5.60 each way and can be purchased from a kiosk on the platform, or on-board the train. (“CLICK SAVE this link as” and download the NICTD Schedule in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Chicago and Miller are both on Central Time.) The ride lasts one hour and eight minutes, providing ample time to get acquainted, discuss the soundwalk, upcoming plans for June, and the next World Listening Day 2011 on July 18.
  • Traveling by car? Public parking is available across the street from the Paul H. Douglas Center.


“Listening for the Future” 2010 ASAE Symposium and Retreat

The proceedings of “Listening for the Future” the American Society for Acoustic Ecology’s first-ever national symposium and retreat are to be published soon. Read a conference report published in the Sept/Oct WFAE Online Newsletter.

Soundwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Join members of the American and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and World Listening Project for a soundwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Participate in Listening For the Future: The American Society for Acoustic Ecology Symposium and Retreat. Learn how to explore a natural […]

Destruction of Sasaki and Collins Landscaping at Michael Reese Hospital Campus

one of the "before and after" photos from the Gropius in Chicago Coalition

Gropius in Chicago Coalition founder Grahm Belkany informed us that the City of Chicago, in wanton disregard of the great cultural, historical, and ecological value of the Michael Reese Hosptial Campus, has destroyed nearly all of its landscaping. Almost all the trees and ground cover have been scraped bare, and with it, the legacy of the landscape architects Hideo Sasaki and Lester Collins. According to Grahm, what remains are only those trees that shield public view of the destruction scene at the MRH Campus as seen from the surrounding streets. Grahm’s photos show the lovely “before” and the disgusting aftermath committed by the city just a few days ago: http://www.savemrh.com/news/2009/8/4/sasaki-and-collins-parks-and-landscapes-destroyed-photos-ins.html.

This landscape in this area constituted what art and architecture critic Lynn Becker calls “some of the most beautiful landscapes in the city.” One can only imagine what the soundscape was like then and now, as the MRH Campus is adjacent to Lake Shore Drive: a busy expressway parallel with the shoreline of Lake Michigan. (more…)