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Outer Ear Festival of Sound 2009

Outer Ear Festival of Sound is an annual presentation of sonic arts, including performances, installations, and broadcasts. It is the only comprehensive sonic arts festival in the Chicago region.

Outer Ear Festival of Sound, 2009

10th annual Outer Ear Festival of Sound
November 4 - December 13  

25 Acres of Coins: Sound installation by students from the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute
Wednesday, November 4 - November 25

Opening reception: Thursday, November 5, 4:30pm–6pm.

Presented in conjunction with the Poetry Center of Chicago and the Learning Modern exhibition at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 Bill Allegrezza, Ray Bianchi, Justin Cabrillos, Steve Halle, Philip Jenks, Simone Meunch, and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
Sound artists:
 Matt Bourque, Ian Chan, Becky Grajeda, Elon Katz, Lucas Lasky, Jordan Scrivner, Aaron Zarzutzki, Ben Chaffee, Kelly Morrison, Kendra Calhoun, and Orla McHardy.

Sullivan Galleries entrance foyer, SAIC 
33 S. State St.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm


Melissa St. Pierre: Prepared Piano Performance and Workshop

Sunday, November 8

Performance: 2pm, Workshop: 4pm-6pm

Workshop: 4-6pm: Prepared piano workshop, for pianists, composers, musicians, and experimenters interested in altering the piano’s innards. Presented in partnership with Links Hall.

Experimental Sound Studio

5925 N. Ravenswood

Suggested donation for concert $10, all proceeds benefit ESS as part of its Sunday Solo performance series. Workshop registration: $30, $25 for students and ESS members. Advance registration strongly recommended. 

Reactor and Countdown: two sound installations by MW Burns

Monday, November 9 – Wednesday, December 9
Opening reception: Friday, November 6, 6pm.

Burns’ uncanny installations take advantage of inaccessible locations, such as locked closets, to tease the listener and call attention to our innate curiosity and desire for inclusion

Chicago Cultural Center

77 E. Randolph St. map



Gesualdo Translations/The Chicago Version: Alessandro Bosetti in collaboration with students from the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute:

Tuesday, November 10, 7pm

Bosetti and his collaborators will record people throughout Chicago singing along to renaissance madrigals by the Neapolitan composer Gesualdo da Venosa.  The resulting recordings will be transformed into a polyphonic electro-acoustic performance that superimposes languages and histories.

Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center

77 E. Randolph Street


Variable Area: Hearing and Seeing Sound, 1966–78

Thursday, November 12, 6pm

Curated by film scholar Michelle Puetz, this program presents films that investigate the visual and aural possibilities of 16mm optical audio, as sounds perform images and images become sonic scores.  Works by Peter Kubelka, Chris Langdon, Robert Russett, Paul Sharits, Barry Spinello, and a live accompaniment by musicians Art Lange, Guillermo Gregorio, and Brian Labycz to Richard Lerman’s Sections for Screen Performers and Audience (1974).

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State St map

$9 general admission, $5 Film Center members, $4 AIC staff, students and faculty

Co-presented with Conversations at the Edge, Department of Film Video and New Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Brett Ian Balogh: Chora

Friday, November 13 - Sunday, December 13

Opening reception Friday, November 13, 6-9pm.

Chora is a computer-controlled installation incorporating video projection and multi-channel audio. Inspired by the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean, an area of great geologic instability, Choraestablishes an immersive environment of video and sound constantly and unpredictably transformed by the computer’s algorithms.

Audible Gallery at ESS

5925 N. Ravenswood map

Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-5pm

Closed November 26-29