Soundwalk = excursion where the main purpose is listening to the environment. A perfect event to host or join for World Listening Day (July 18).

Hello, friends in the Midwest. If you are in Chicago this week (June 23-25) the go-to events are the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Soundwalks. For all ages – admission free.  Become a citizen scientist.  and explore the relationship we have with the sounds that surround us in this guided slow adventure. The initiative is a welcome collaboration among World Listening Project (@World_Listening)  Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (@MidwestSocAE)  and Chicago Parks District (@ChicagoParks)

Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 pm, with Amanda Gutierrez (Spanish/English), in partnership with ElevArte in Dvorak Park. Meet at Field House

Friday, June 24, 7-9:00 pm, Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk with Eric Leonardson and Carl Strang at North Park Village Nature Center. Meet at Lodge. Limited openings.

Saturday, June 25, 4:00-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive. Meet at Field House


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

To kick off the discussion

  • Are there maps of upcoming soundwalks around the world?
  • Are there any recordings of previous Chicago soundwalks?
  • What should we know about this year’s World Listening Day (July 18)?

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