The Seattle Phonographers Union explore the sounds and noises of the Summer season


The Sounds Of Summer
August 10, 2011 12:05 PM

Now that summer has finally arrived, what does it sound like? The rhythmic spray and twist of the lawn sprinkler. The splash of kids in the wading pool. The clink of ice in an afternoon cocktail. Does summer in the Puget Sound region sound distinctly different from summer in other places?

The Seattle Phonographers Union join us once again to explore the sounds and noises of the summer season.



Steve Peters is a composer, sound artist and producer who also oversees the Wayward Music Series in the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. He has been a member of the Seattle Phonographers Union since 2004. He recently returned from a three–week artist residency in a tiny village in the mountains of central Portugal.

Dale Lloyd has been a sound artist, label owner, graphic designer, producer, musician and a visual artist. In 2001, he founded and/OAR, a recording label focused on presenting unique environmental recordings, sound art, avant–garde and electronic music.

Perri Lynch is a Seattle–based artist. She enjoys recording in challenging situations, while sailing and traveling. Favorite recording sites include South India, Sri Lanka, the Andaman Islands and the Amazon Rain Forest. Her favorite instrument is a hand–held compass.

Steve Barsotti is a sound artist, instrument inventor, improviser and educator. Steve is one of the original members of the Seattle Phonographers Union and has been performing with them for over six years. He is also currently the academic director of audio design technology at the Art Institute of Seattle.


Chicago Phonography concert and soundwalk at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and World Listening Project continues its partnership with the National Park Service and Sixth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival to host a concert by Chicago Phonography and a Miller Woods soundwalk on Saturday, October 8 at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N. Lake Street, Gary IN 46439.
(Admission Free)
Time: 1–3 p. m. (Central Time), Saturday, Oct. 8


Ranger Julianne Larsen, Telephone: (219) 395-1821 (Tuesday – Saturday)

MSAE contact, Eric Leonardson
Chicago Phonography, contact Chad Clark
Explore the natural soundscape of Miller Woods Trail with a soundwalk led by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. Enjoy a surprising concert of environmental sounds by Chicago Phonography, a collective of artists who gather audio recordings of Chicago and Gary soundscapes. Using a four-channel playback system, Chicago Phonography members collectively mix their recordings in live, improvisational performances. In a sense, Chicago Phonography substitutes microphones and field recordings for musical instruments to create new and dramatic soundscapes that surround and engage listeners in surprising ways; using only real world sounds. Chicago Phonography will host an “open mic” session for new members. As a part of the Sixth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, sounds collected by the National Park Service will be featured: whale sounds in Glacier Bay, the dawn chorus of Isle Royale in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and forests of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Useful Websites:

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

South Shore Line/Northern Indiana Commuter Train
MSAE Google Map (driving directions and useful locations)


The Douglas Center is located just a short five block (approx. 15 minute) walk along Lake Street north from the Miller train station. The ride from Millennium Station in downtown Chicago to Miller takes one hour and eight minutes. A limited amount of car parking is available across the street from the Douglas Center. For driving directions and useful locations visit the MSAE Google Map.