Eric Leonardson will lead the group through listening exercises during a short soundwalk which will then be followed by a singing insect monitor training and a second soundwalk led by Dr. Carl Strang.
IN SOUNDWALKS WITH
TEACHING ARTISTS FOR A UNIQUE
IN OUR SOUND
AS A LISTENER AND
Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship the sounds around us. Discover the sounds of the city’s life: people, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Become a citizen scientist.
For all ages—admission free.
Saturday, August 6 5–6 pm with Norman W. Long at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Meet at Refectory near swimming pool.
Friday, August 12 7–8 pm with Amanda Gutierrez* at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Meet at Field House, in partnership with Yollocalli.
Saturday, August 27 10–11 am with Eric Leonardson at West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Western Ave. Meet at Western Avenue Entrance.
Dates, times, instructors and/or programs are subject to change, please call 773-342-5012 for the most up-to-date information.
Soundwalks In the Parks is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 120 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.
A Soundwalk is…
- For everyone’s enjoyment and learning
- Any walk “whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound
around us no matter where we are.”
- Environmental sounds are not just “noise” but “information” telling us what’s happening
- Each soundwalk lasts less than one hour
A Soundscape is…
- Every sound in your landscape, wherever you are
- Always changing, no sound is ever the same
- Not always noticed and often ignored
- A natural resource
- A design made in sound
Join your neighbors in soundwalks with teaching artists and scientists for a unique outdoor experience in our sound environment, as a listener and performer of your soundscape. Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks soundwalks series explore our relationship the sounds around us. Discover […]
Report, photos, and audio by Christopher Preissing On Saturday, July 18 (World Listening Day 2015), Dan Godston led a soundwalk at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Trail. In spite of predictions for extremely hot and humid temperatures, nine hearty listeners braved the heat on what […]
This week, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin and I had a good chat about the positive role of sound in the design and experience of urban spaces. While noise problems at O’Hare Airport and Wrigley Field gain attention, we focused ways that sound reduces stress and enhance. Instead of the negative role, I mentioned specific examples of places in Chicago where I, and other MSAE members, have led soundwalks within Millennium Park.
Blair Kamin wrote, “Sound can alleviate, as well as accentuate, stress. It can delight us as well as drive us crazy. Sound should be a part of the recipe for cooking up great cities. Yet concocting that recipe is as much art as science.”
Read Kamin’s article “Soundscape of the city is about more than decibels.”
11am Saturday, July 18: Join members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology celebrating World Listening Day. Dan Godston, MSAE member and co-founder of the World Listening Project, leads a soundwalk starting at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Tips on listening to […]
You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2015, an annual global event held on July 18. The purposes of World Listening Day are to: Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments; Raise awareness about the growing […]