exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

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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 […]

Deadline October 10, 2015: BunB 2016 “Data Science + Eco-Action”

The 5th edition of the Balance-Unbalance (BunB 2016) conference will be held from May 9 to 11 of 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. BunB 2016 is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as […]

April-June 2015 WFAE News Quarterly

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 9.51.54 AMThe April-June 2015 WFAE News Quarterly is now online.

This issue focuses on of WFAE affiliate news; a tribute to Peter Grant; a call for papers for publication in Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Balance-Unbalance 2015, and a summary of recent research projects.

Winter/Spring 2011 Meeting Schedule

Winter-Spring meeting schedule posted with presentations by Jay Needham and Viv Corringham.

October 2010 Announcements

Local meetings, radio broadcasts, exhibitions, soundwalks, membership news, and acoustic ecology-related events and resources for the month of October, 2010

World Listening Day

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

You are invited to participate in the first World Listening Day, which happens on Sunday, July 18, 2010. The purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
  • to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
  • and to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

World Listening Day is being organized by the World Listening Project (WLP), in partnership with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE). July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement. The World Soundscape Project, which Schafer directed, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field, and his book The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World helped to define many of the terms and background behind the acoustic ecology movement.WLP and MSAE invite you to participate in World Listening Day.

Here are several possibilities-

  • You can organize a soundwalk or a listening party when people play field recordings.
  • You can organize a performance event that involves field recordings and other artistic expressions that explore our soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.
  • You can participate in a private / solitary way, by paying attention to your soundscape.
  • You can facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
  • You can contact organizations that are participating in World Listening Day, to see if you can get involved that way.

If you would like to participate in World Listening Day, please email worldlistening@gmail.com, and be sure to include World Listening Day in the subject line.

World Listening Day includes the following organizations, projects, and individuals:


The May – June, 2010 WFAE Newsletter Now online

The bimonthly WFAE Newsletter is now online for May-June, 2010. This publication is a supplement to the annual Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology. Its mission is to make available in a timely manner, news, events, and announcements from the WFAE Board, WFAE Affiliates, and […]

OSIS–One Square Inch of Silence

Many people are learning and talking about Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence book and project at Olympic National Park. The MSAE is proud to have Elliott Berger as one of its members who also serves on the board of the One Square Inch […]

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

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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 Leonardson and Gregory O’Drobinak to a provide not so much of an audible experience, but a predominantly tactile, bodily sensation of recorded soundscapes from around the world.

Synesthetic Plan of Chicago’s 4-month run at the Chicago Cultural Center concluded on October 9th, and the Acoustic Mirror of the World was moved to the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, at 1060 E. 47th Street. The LBP is a nonprofit center serving youth in the Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, and Bronzeville neighborhoods in Chicago’s south side.

Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center

To make the installation “mirror” the world, neighborhood residents and members of the global field recording and acoustic ecology community are all invited to submit sounds. Instruction and guidelines are provided on the World Listening Project’s website. Please visit the World Listening Project website to learn more about this ongoing project.

The mission of Little Black Pearl is to create opportunities for youth and adults to deepen their creative involvement through the arts, cultivate their entrepreneurial skills and use the arts as a means for economic empowerment and community transformation.