Soundwalk & Chicago Phonography Performance at the Brushwood Center

pathYou’re invited to a soundwalk and performance by Chicago Phonography at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods — 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015. This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-presented by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project.


  • 1 p.m.: We walk through the Brushwood Gallery, listening to the interior soundscape of the Brushwood Center. Then we walk down a trail in the Ryerson Conservation Area, enjoying the winter soundscape. We walk into the Ryerson Woods’ Welcome Center, and then walk back to the Brushwood Center where we have a post-soundwalk discussion with hot chocolate.
  • 2 p.m.: Chicago Phonography performance

The Brushwood Center is at 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL 60015. Click here for directions to the Brushwood Center, and please email for more info.
Listen to past performance by Chicago Phonography on Soundcloud.

Tokyo Phonographers Union x Pioneer Global Sounds Present “Listening to the Day: Sounds of July 18th”

As part of World Listening Day, celebrated around the world on July 18th, birthday of R. Murray Schafer, the founder of the Soundscape, Tokyo Phonographers Union and Pioneer Global Sounds present “Listening to the day: sounds of July 18th. ”

Using Pioneer’s “Global Sounds” iPhone application which allows you to record, upload and share sounds, please contribute the sounds you hear in your city on July 18th. Like an Instagram or a Tweet, let’s share the sounds you hear at home or in your town, a moment of your life, with people from around the world. With the theme of “listening to sound, enjoying sound and rediscovering the world through sound,” anybody, even if you’ve never recorded sound before, can participate in the project.

[Call For Submissions]

Where: Anywhere in the World

When: Thursday, July 18


  • Download the Global Sounds iPhone App
  • Share your sound→ Upload your sound and photo. If you have a twitter account, share the post in twitter with the hashtag, #WLD718 )
  • Listen to the sounds→ You can listen to the uploaded sounds with the iPhone Global Sounds app as well as on the Global Sounds website.
  • Enjoy with others→ During the Listening Session at the TPU event on July 20th, we will select and listen to some of the uploaded sounds.

It may also be fun to host a listening party using the uploaded sounds. (And please do let the TPU know about your activities.)

[How to use the Global Sounds iPhone App]

[Some Helpful Hints]

  • You can record 15 to 60 seconds of sound using the Global Sounds iPhone App. We recommend you upload full 60 second recordings.
  • Please make sure you don’t get wind noise. To prevent wind noise find a wind-free location or cover the microphone with a piece of foam or a scarf. Try a few different approaches.

Co-sponsored by Tokyo Phonographers Union and Pioneer Global Sounds.

“Places and traces” by Viv Corringham

Reading Aimilia’s fascinating writings based on Spaces Speak, Are You Listening – a book I found very interesting – I thought I’d write a little bit about the work that I do.

I am particularly interested in people’s sense of place and their relationship with very familiar places.  Much of my work has developed in response to this, especially my ongoing sound project Shadow-walks. This began in 2003 and has occurred in 19 places in USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. It involves three main elements: walking with others, listening to environmental sound, and my own improvised singing.

There are well-known traditional links between walking, singing and the sense of place, such as the Aboriginal song-lines or the Kaluli song paths. Anthropologist Steven Feld studied the Kaluli people of Bosavi, Papua New Guinea and has described their practice of song paths, the poetic song texts that take listeners on a journey through a local area. The philosophy of song paths is that knowing where you are is knowing who you are. Feld’s writings were an important influence in the development of my work.

I became very interested in everyday sounds, inspired by working with composer Pauline Oliveros and learning her method of “Deep Listening”. My fascination with environmental sounds and musical improvisation led me to consider methods of exploring places and interacting with them vocally. My first attempts, in 2002, were called “Vocal Strolls” and became a regular show on London’s Resonance FM radio for a time. Vocal Strolls consisted of wandering through the city while listening to the environment and responding with improvised singing.

Shadow-walks began with the intention of incorporating other people’s experience of place into my work. James Joyce wrote that places remember events and I found this idea very interesting—that everything that happens leaves traces that we might be able to sense. So that if a person walks through certain places repeatedly along the same route, perhaps the ground retains traces of that person’s history and memories. Shadow-walks is an attempt to make a person’s traces, their shadow, audible.

The process of a Shadow-walk is straightforward. I arrive in a new place and ask to be taken on a special walk, one that has been repeated many times and has meaning or significance for that person. While walking together, I record our conversations and environmental sounds. This is followed by a solo walk in which I attempt to sense my previous companion’s traces on the walk and to make them audible through improvised singing in the location. These recordings are then selected and edited to become the final work, the Shadow-walk. Shadow-walks have been shared in various ways: as audio-walks, radio pieces, at listening posts around a town and, most frequently, as sound installations in art galleries. It is very important to me that they are presented in some way in the place where they were made, to the people who shared their special walks with me.

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