2012 World Listening Day

The 2012 World Listening Day happens on Wednesday, July 18th. The purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • to celebrate different ways we can focus on our soundscape (sonic environment);
  • to raise awareness about the acoustic ecology movement, including ideas regarding how noise pollution can be reduced; and
  • to introduce new educational initiatives and community events related to listening and acoustic ecology.

Participation in the 2012 World Listening Day focuses on the aforementioned goals, which could include listening parties, listening to one’s soundscape in private, private or public soundwalks, public forums about acoustic ecology, and more. What would you like to do on the 2012 World Listening Day? Events could happen on Wednesday, July 18th. However, if another day during that week (July 15-21) would work better with your schedule, that would be fine.

World Listening Day happens annually on July 18th—the birthdate of R. Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer who established the World Soundscape Project. Its research laid the foundations for what became known as Soundscape Studies and Acoustic Ecology.

Dozens of organizations and more than a thousand people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day so far — on the inaugural World Listening Day in 2010, and the second WLD last year. Both were great successes, and we’re hoping to have more people and organizations participate this year.

Call for Proposals: The Global Composition

Deadline for submissions extended to March 30, 2012


We are looking forward to your artistic, scholarly or scientific proposals for our event:

The Global Composition
Conference on Sound, Media and the Environment
Darmstadt/Media Campus Dieburg (Hochschule Darmstadt), July 25-28, 2012

Info: http://www.the-global-composition-2012.org/index.html
Call: http://www.the-global-composition-2012.org/call.html

Contact: fabienne.rudolph@stud.h-da.de

Deadline for submission: March 30, 2012
Notification: April 20, 2012

Proposals are invited for roundtable discussions, workshops, papers/posters, applied and artistic contributions, relating, but not limited to the conference’s main focus. The conference’s official language will be English.

Providing a specially positioned “Next Generation”-thread, the conference is very interested, to create a forum for young scholars, scientists, artists as well as for students, and encourages them to send in their proposals. Please send abstracts for roundtable discussions, papers/posters, workshops & proposals for compositions or other artistic contributions by March 1, 2012.

As keynote presenters we expect Bill Fontana, R. Murray Schafer, Hildegard Westerkamp et al.

The conference venue is located near the Frankfurt airport in beautiful historic surroundings, with attractive landscapes, very good wine, culinary highlights, and good conditions for exchange and conviviality. All this makes, too, a central starting point for your summerbreak, be it locally, nationally or internationally.

We hope to welcome you in summer on our Media Campus Dieburg of Hochschule Darmstadt.

Sabine Breitsameter

The conference is supported by the “Understanding Canada”-programme/Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Embassy of Canada Berlin, in collaboration with Darmstädter Ferienkurse/Darmstadt Summercourse, Cork Institute of Technology/School of Music, Ireland and endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Project Direction:
Sabine Breitsameter
Professor for Sound and Media Culture
Media Arts and Sciences
Claudia Soeller-Eckert
Professor for Basics of Media Design
& Interactive Media Design

Postal address:
Hochschule Darmstadt
Faculty of Media
Haardtring 100
64295 Darmstadt

Visitors’ address:
Max-Planck-Str. 2
D-64807 Dieburg

2010 ASAE National Symposium and Retreat



The American Society for Acoustic Ecology is pleased to announce ASAE Chicago:

“Listening for the Future”

July 9th, 10th & 11th, 2010


This is the first-ever national gathering of the ASAE membership and the general public. Hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project, Listening for the Future will take place from July 9-11, 2010. We think it’s going to be a fantastic three days, with plenty of information and inspiration to go around. We hope you will join us at this landmark event.


Event Highlights


  • Friday (7/9) – Friday (7/9) ‘Citizen Sound’ symposium featuring a wine and cheese reception, introductions to each of the ASAE chapters, and presentations by leaders in Chicago’s cultural and advocacy scene. Featured guests include Lou Mallozzi, Executive Director of Experimental Sound Studio and architect Graham Balkany of the Gropius in Chicago Coalition. A media lounge, where guests can sample CDs and peruse publications by participants, performers and ASAE members, will be open all night. Following dinner at a local eatery, we’ll be treated to a concert featuring ASAE member composers, performers and special guests.
  • Saturday (7/10) – Head “out of town” for an afternoon soundwalk in Miller Woods, at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. After the dunes soundwalk, it’s back to the city for another group dinner followed by a Chicago nightlife soundwalk. This day’s events should provide plenty of opportunities for informal conversation and networking among members.
  • Sunday (7/11) ASAE members lead a workshop for children and families. A late afternoon concert and closing reception will follow. ASAE members from New York, San Francisco, the Midwest, Southwest and beyond will present their works.


The ASAE – Listening for the Futurelisten


During the course of these events, the ASAE‘s governing body and leaders from all the regional chapters will be meeting to brainstorm for the future of the organization. We will be soliciting input from you – our members – as we embark on this important work. Please plan to share any ideas, concerns or questions about the organization that you might have.





Photo by Eric Leonardson

All events, including both concerts, the ‘Citizen Sound’ symposium, the soundwalks and the workshop are free for ASAE members (current for 2010). All meals are pay-your-own, but we’ll be making advance reservations so will ask you to register. Transportation between venues, including the Dunes soundwalk, will be via public transit. These costs are not covered by the ASAE, but we will plan to meet and travel as a group to the Dunes soundwalk.

We’re working now to put together a list of hotels and travel resources for those of you attending from afar. Homestays with Chicago MSAE and WLP members may also be possible.

Additional details will be posted on the Listening for the Future web page. Please bookmark and check back often as we’ll be making frequent updates from here forward. A registration page will be posted early next week, along with locations of all venues, maps, schedules etc.



Listening for the Future Organizing Committee:

Eric Leonardson, Chair
Michelle Nagai
Andrea Polli

Assisted by:
Jamie Davis
Jesse Seay

Listening for the Future is organized by the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, and hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project. Sponsors include Vocalo.org (89.5 FM), The National Park Service and Columbia College.


Learn how to explore a natural environment through sound. Below is additional information about the upcoming soundwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore:


  • Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Date: Saturday, July 10

  • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 20 N Lake Street, Miller, IN 46403

  • Vocalo.org 89.5FM is pleased to support the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology as a media sponsor for the Indiana Dunes Sound Walk.

  • A brief presentation by members of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology will be given at the Douglas Center before the soundwalk in Miller Woods. The soundwalk concludes with a discussion for participants.


Read about the soundwalk and other events in the park’s newspaper, Singing Sands.

Vocalo ORG.FM

Download the Park Newspaper (with park map) – The Singing Sands Summer 2010



  • The Paul H. Douglas Center is an approximately 10-minute walk from the Miller station on the South Shore Line.
  • Trains depart from downtown Chicago three times in the morning, arriving in time to attend the soundwalk. (Travel time: approximately 1 hour and 8 minutes.) To view the weekend train schedule between the Millennium Park station, 151 E. Randolph Street, downtown and Miller station visit http://www.nictd.com


Eastbound Weekend/Holiday

Origin Station: Millennium Station

Destination Station: Miller

Schedule Generated: Fri Mar 19 18:27:08 2010

Train Number Departure Arrival
503 08:40AM d09:48AM
603 10:45AM d11:54AM
605 12:12PM d01:21PM
505 01:35PM d02:44PM
507 04:43PM d05:52PM
509 06:22PM d07:31PM
511 09:15PM d10:24PM
513 11:15PM d12:24AM
601 12:45AM d01:48AM
Fare Type Cost
One Way $5.50
Reduced One Way $2.75
10 Ride $52.25
25 Ride $123.75
Reduced 25 Ride $68.75
Monthly Pass $159.50

Qualifications for REDUCED FARES

Children 13 Years and Younger, Seniors 65 and Older, Passengers with

f = Flag Stop d = Train Departs after Discharging Passengers

Schedule provided by www.nictd.com

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District


Westbound Weekend/Holiday Schedule

Origin Station: Miller

Destination Station: Millennium Station

Train Number Departure Arrival
600 05:56AM 07:00AM
502 08:06AM 09:13AM
606 10:03AM 11:10AM
506 01:31PM 02:39PM
608 04:16PM 05:23PM
508 06:05PM 07:11PM
610 07:46PM 08:52PM
510 10:36PM 11:43PM
Fare Type Cost
One Way $5.50
Reduced One Way $2.75
10 Ride $52.25
25 Ride $123.75
Reduced 25 Ride $68.75
Monthly Pass $159.50
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