Buzzword Bingo: Soundwalk = excursion where the main purpose is listening to the environment

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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 weekend (June 23-25) the event of the week is 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 @MidwestSocAE @ChicagoParks
Hashtag: #InTheParks. Details

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. Please sign up via Eventbrite,.

Saturday, June 25, 4:00-5:00 pm, with Norman W. Long in Washington Park/Bynum Island, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60637
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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July 18 is World Listening Day 2016: Sounds Lost and Found




A soundwalk is any excursion where the main purpose is listening to the environment. Wherever we go we will give our ears priority. Since we cannot close our ears, we cannot help hearing all sounds. Unless we listen with attention, there is a danger that some of the more delicate and quiet sounds may pass unnoticed by numbed ears. Among the many mechanized voices of our modern landscape these sounds may eventually disappear entirely. Listening with awareness provides a powerful technique for us to enhance, empower and discover a sense of place' even for the well educated ear.

You grab with your eyes but you receive with your ears.
- Anthony Magen, Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology

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