Chicago - remote recording 2-5-2015
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sounds of waves, birds, humans mix - live stream for the Radius soundcamp by guest artist, Eric Leonardson
Eric Leonardson’s SoundTent at Camp Sherwin uses sounds recorded and selected from a gathering for listening to the dawn chorus on the shoreline of Lake Michigan on the north side of Chicago. Lake Michigan is the second largest of the five Great Lakes. It is an essential and also challenged natural and economic resource. Connecting the dawn chorus to an electroacoustic community of live open microphones on the web is a curious phenomenon, linking an elemental substance and process of the earth to technologies of transmission.
Arranged into an audio composition, SoundTent at Camp Sherwin is a creative work in sound culled from an ecotone, a transitional zone between two biological communities. At Camp Sherwin, sounds of waves, birds, and humans mix. Following the dawn chorus event on May 2nd presented in collaboration with soundCamp / REVEIL, a real time audio stream will continue for the remainder of the month from a secure, private location nearby the public one. From one standpoint the real time audio stream is a form of electronic eavesdropping. From another, it is a shared resource for eco-sensing and the soundscape: monitoring and reminding us that life depends on water, the essential ingredient for all life. Its movement and disappearance shapes the landscape in an audibly cyclical and dynamic process.
* Radius will transmit SoundTent at Camp Sherwin live at a public beach on Lake Michigan (1205 West Sherwin Avenue) on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 5am - 6am CST. Proceeding the event, recorded activities from the temporary SoundTent at Camp Sherwin will be edited and compiled into a ‘fixed’ piece for release online at theradius.us/epsiode63.
Eric Leonardson is an audio artist, composer, sound designer, instrument inventor, improviser, and teacher. He has devoted a majority of his professional career to unorthodox approaches to sound and its instrumentation with a broad understanding of texture, atmosphere, and microtones. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, founder, and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and Executive Director of the World Listening Project.
Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. All audio works are broadcasted locally on 88.9-FM with a secondary stream online.