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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 info@mwsae.org
Chicago Phonography, contact Chad Clark chadearly@gmail.com
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) http://mwsae.org
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore http://www.nps.gov/indu/

South Shore Line/Northern Indiana Commuter Train http://www.nictd.com
MSAE Google Map (driving directions and useful locations) http://tinyurl.com/3ucgquw


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.