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MCA Studio
Our Sonic Playground

Tue, Oct 22, 2013, 6–8 pm


Photo courtesy Eric Leonardson for Our Sonic Playground

Sounds are all around us, creating our environments, our sense of place, and influencing our social interactions.

For this week’s Tuesday Evenings at the MCA, local sound artist and experimental musician Eric Leonardson collaborates with students from the sound department at the School of the Art Institute and members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) to lead a unique, interactive sound workshop. Guided soundwalks and listening exercises are designed to engage awareness of the social, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of sound. You can collect your own sounds with portable field recorders as you explore ways to study and enjoy the voices of our local environment. End the evening with a group phonography performance, during which you are invited to playback and share with others the sounds you’ve discovered and recorded in the museum.

Eric Leonardson is a Chicago composer, radio artist, sound designer, instrument inventor, improviser, visual artist, and teacher. He has devoted a majority of his professional career to unorthodox approaches to sound and its instrumentation with a broad understanding of texture, atmosphere, and micro-tones. Leonardson is president of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology and founder of the MSAE, which is dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies.