“Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” Soundwalk with Lindsey French, Sunday, August 6

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology presents Soundwalks – quiet events leading groups to explore their relationship as listeners in the acoustic environment. This soundwalk, “Tangles and Flows: Connective Listening” will be led by teaching artist, Lindsey French.

About the soundwalk:
You cannot move except to grow. With some exceptions, plants are immobile. As mostly sessile beings, plants nevertheless actively express themselves through growth and position, whether or not we detect these changes through human perception. Plants send promiscuous signs into the atmosphere by way of airborne chemicals. Communication often focuses on the sender, but what is possible when we consider our role as a receiver? What kind of communication is sense-based? Drawing on biological modes of communication, visitors will be invited to engage in practices of active and sensual listening. Alternating between motion and stillness, along the river and under a canopy of trees, we will attune to both sounds and sensation in practices of radical receptivity.

10:30am – 12pm
Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S. Wentworth Ave.*
Chicago, IL 60616

*Meet at the Pagoda located at the Chinatown Water Taxi stop. From 18th street, Turn south onto Wentworth and west onto 19th. Walk along the path from 19th under the El and past the Divvy station. The Pagoda is beside the river.

**Please bring sun protection, water and bug repellent if needed.

Welcome, Jonathan Eiseman as Co-Chair!

Jonathan Headshot

Succeeding as Co-chair of the MSAE is Jonathan Eiseman, soundscape ecologist, musician and active participant of the MSAE since 2015. Currently based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jonathan is attending Western Michigan University where he is pursuing his Masters in Science, under advisor Dr. Sharon Gill, a biologist whose research interests include avian bioacoustics, anthropogenic noise and behavioral ecology.  He serves as a Teaching Assistant for BIOS 1620: Ecology and Evolution Lab Section, Department of Biological Sciences, and is conducting soundscape research using passive acoustic monitors at ten Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy preserves across deciduous forest and grassland habitats. A native of California, Jonathan received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the College of Science and Health, concentration in Sustainability, and Minor in Communications and Media Studies at DePaul University.

Jonathan produces music on Aegypti Records.

Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park | Saturday, August 5th

4pm – 5pm
DuSable Museum – sculpture garden* in Washington Park
740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

Join teaching sound artist Norman W. Long on a soundwalk. “Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park” is dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks and Margaret Burroughs as part of their centennial celebrations this year. This event is brought to you by MSAE and Night Out in the Parks programming.

DuSable Museum of African American History was founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens. It is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States; developed to preserve and interpret experiences and achievements of people of African descent.

*Du Sable Museum Sculpture Garden is located midway between Payne Drive and South Cottage Grove Avenue on the north side of the museum.

**Please be mindful of weather, you may need to bring: water, sun protection and bug repellent.

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, June 6-8

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan June 6-8, 2016

Presented by International Society of Ecoacoustics (ISE)


MSAE Co-chair, Eric Leonardson presents “Eco-sensing and the Soundscape,” on the pedagogy of sound and landscape the relationship between creative artists and scientists seems to have changed from an informative, yet sometimes awkward “dance,” over to what evidently requires urgent intervention for future survival on our planet.

For Event Summary, Locations & Abstracts and Program download (PDF).

What is Ecoacoustics?

Ecoacoustics is an interdisciplinary science that investigates natural and anthropogenic sounds and their relationship with the environment over a wide range of study scales, both spatial and temporal, including populations and communities. Ecoacoustics operates in all types of terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine) ecosystems extending the scope of acoustics and bioacoustics.

Ecoacoustics recognizes that sounds can be both the subject and tools of ecological research. As the subject, sounds are investigated in order to understand their evolution, functions and properties under environmental pressures. As tools, sounds are used to study and monitor animal diversity, abundance, behavior, dynamics and distribution, and their relationship with ecosystems and the environment.