Meet Our Creative Board Members

Eric Leonardson
President and Board Chair

Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as the President and Board Chair of the World Listening Project, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson created sound with the Chicago based physical theater company Plasticene (1995-2012). Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences.

With Professor Sabine Breitsameter, Leonardson co-edited Ways of Listening, Figures of Thought: A Festschrift for R. Murray Schafer On the Occasion of His 80th Birthday (2013). Additional articles appear in The Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Volume 22, Number 1, The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Numbers 1-2,and The Conrad Grebel Review, Volume 33, Number 2.

Leonardson earned a Master of Fine Arts (Time Arts) degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Visual Art) at Northern Illinois University in 1980. He is a recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowships (2002 and 2006), and was a 2013 Copeland Fellow at Amherst College.



Alex Keller
Treasurer, Acting Secretary

Alex Keller is an audio artist, sound designer, curator and teacher based in Austin, Texas. His work is in the media of performance, installation, and recorded release, and reflects his interests in architecture, language, abstraction and music.

He is an active audio production professional, has taught classes in media production at the Art Institute of Austin, Shoreline College, and the Art Institute of Seattle, and has won awards for his creative work from the Austin Chronicle, the City of Seattle, Puget Sound Transit, and Jack Straw Productions.

Alex received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and an MLA from St. Edward’s University in 2005. He is a founding member of Phonography Austin and the Mimeomeme collective, and serves on the boards of several arts organizations.

Dr.Leah Barclay

Dr Leah Barclay is an award winning Australian sound artist, researcher and acoustic ecologist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim internationally by organisations including UNESCO, Ear to the Earth, the Smithsonian, Al Gore’s Climate Reality and the IUCN. Leah leads several large-scale research projects including Biosphere Soundscapes, an interdisciplinary venture exploring the changing soundscapes of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and River Listening, which examines the future possibilities of freshwater ecoacoustics in collaboration with the Australian Rivers Institute. Leah is the President of the Australia Forum for Acoustic Ecology, the Vice President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology and serves on the board of a range of arts and environmental organisations. She is currently a research fellow at Griffith University with the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and Griffith Climate Change Response program where she is leading a portfolio of research in acoustic ecology and climate action.  



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Dan Godston

Whale song and spring peeper choruses, coyote yawps and saxophone skronks, creek babbles and predawn wave crashes, rolling thunder geophony and the sound of a garden at night — these are some of Dan’s favorite things. He is a Chicago-based educator and artist, and is among WLP’s founders.

Dr. Bernie Krause

Since 1968, Bernie Krause has traveled the world recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. Working at the research sites of Jane Goodall (Gombe, Tanzania), Biruté Galdikas (Camp Leakey, Borneo), and Dian Fossey (Karisoke, Rwanda), he identified the concepts of the Acoustic Niche Hypothesis (ANH), and biophony the collective and organized acoustic output as each species establishes uinque frequency and/or temporal bandwidth within a given habitat. To round out the definitions of soundscape sources, Krause and a colleague added the terms, geophony (non-biological natural sounds), and anthropophony (human-generated acoustic signals). Krause also helped define the boundaries of a new ecological discipline, soundscape ecology. In the world of fine art, Krause has produced over 50 natural soundscape CDs and designed interactive, non-repetitive environmental sound sculptures for museums and other public spaces worldwide. As a professional studio musician, Krause joined The Weavers, occupying the Pete Seeger slot for their final year (1963), and with his late music partner, Paul Beaver, helped to introduce the Moog synthesizer to pop music and film. The team’s work can be heard on over 250 albums, including those of Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and David Byrne, George Harrison, the Doors, and 135 feature films released since 1967, including Apocalypse Now, Performance, Rosemary’s Baby, Shipping News, and Castaway.

Krause, who holds a PhD in Creative Arts with an internship in Bioacoustics, was a key figure in implementing natural soundscapes as a resource for the U. S. National Park Service. His recent book, The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places, was published by Little Brown (Hachette) March, 2012, and has been translated into eight languages. In July, 2014, the Cheltenham Music Festival premiered a new symphony composed by Richard Blackford and Krause featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The Great Animal Orchestra: A Symphony for Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes, is based on Krause’s book and is the first live performance piece to incorporate natural soundscapes as a component of the orchestration. A CD of the symphony has been released by Nimbus Records. In the spring of 2015, Biophony, a music score composed entirely of natural sounds, was commissioned, choreographed and premiered by the Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, an internationally-renowned corps based in San Francisco. In 2015, his current book, Voices of the Wild, was published by Yale University Press, followed in 2016 by Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World, (also Yale University Press). His art and science exhibition, The Great Animal Orchestra, commissioned by Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, opened 1 July 2016. The piece has been exhibited at the Seoul Museum of Art in S. Korea, 29 May 2017, Shanghai, China in April, 2018, and will open MOMA’s (NY) Trienalle in Milan, March 1st, and London’s 180 The Strand Gallery on March 20th, 2019.

Krause lives with his wife, Katherine (Kat), in Sonoma, California.


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Katherine Krause

Katherine Krause is Vice President of Wild Sanctuary, natural soundscape specialists providing professional field-recordings from the wild for science, art, and outreach; a branding, production design, product development strategist helping preserve, protect, and promote the soundscape of the natural world for science and the arts.

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Gurkan Mihci

Gurkan Maruf Mihci is Assistant Professor at IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design and pursues his PhD at Istanbul Institute of Design. He has his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design (Bilkent University) and, Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design (Sabanci University) with a concentration in Audio Visual Noise and Glitch. He also has a Central European University Graduate Certificate in Culture and Politics.

Javye Montgomery

Jayve Montgomery is a sound artist living in Nashville, TN. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Japanese Studies from Centre College, 2001 (KY). He is a product of the sonic community of Chicago; taking sound courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ‘03-04; co- operating and recording improvised music shows at Brown Rice, a diy venue, ‘08-12; and establishing and managing the Chicago Park District’s Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, ‘06-13.