SCSE @ BHSO

Jorge's sound system in action at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.

Jorge’s sound system in action at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.

As part of the sound. concert series sponsored by SASSAS, SCSE performed a forty-minute set at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, concluding just before sunset.

Alan and Phil take sound check seriously.

Alan and Phil take sound check seriously.

We performed to perhaps our largest audience on a perfect Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

A portion of the audience assembled in the amphitheater.

A portion of the audience assembled in the amphitheater.

The concert was documented by SASSAS and recorded by Dublab. Stay tuned for news of a SCSE release related to this concert.

SCSE at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

SCSE will perform a concert at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook as part of sound., an annual concert series sponsored by SASSAS, 5 October 2014. Time TBD. A Kickstarter campaign has been announced to match a Culver City Performing Arts grant. Participants will perform with sounds collected from the site.

SCSE upcoming concert

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Southern California Soundscape Ensemble (SCSE) will perform a concert at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook as part of a summer concert series sponsored by SASSAS, September or October 2014. More details TBA.

The Urban Soundscape Revealed

Southern California Sound Ecology presents The Urban Soundscape Revealed: Listening to the City, a workshop/salon on Acoustic Ecology and mindful listening, followed by a live, improvised performance by the Southern California Soundscape Ensemble.

Saturday, October 20, 8 PM
Expo Arts Center, Back Room Theater
4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Workshop Description
The soundscape is the collection of natural and human-based sounds that we experience in our environment as we go about our daily routines. Because we all contribute to the soundscape, we are all invested in its character and quality. The soundscape can even be considered a musical experience if we simply pay careful attention to what we are hearing. By noticing sounds that we typically think of as unremarkable, we learn to identify their sources as well as their unique acoustic characteristics. The act of listening opens us up to the sonic world around us, and, with enough practice, we realize that every sound is worth noticing and that the soundscape offers a unique and ever-changing opportunity to become more connected to the world around us.

In this workshop we will talk about the soundscape, share some of our favorite urban sounds, and learn easy-to-use tools to more closely listen to the soundscape. We’ll close with an intimate, improvised performance from the Southern California Soundscape Ensemble, a group dedicated to the enhanced understanding of the soundscape through the use of (mostly) unaltered field recordings gathered from various sites around the world.

Alan Nakagawa awarded CCF Fellowship

SCSE member Alan Nakagawa has been awarded a $20,000 mid-career Fellowship by the California Community Foundation. We are very proud of Alan and the great work that he does.

Live at {open} released on MPRNTBL

Live at {open} has been released on MPRNTBL as a free, high-quality download. Check it out now!

Spring/Summer Retreat 2012

SCSE is planning a retreat to Joshua Tree National Park for late spring/early summer. On the agenda: listening, recording, discussion, and a visit to the Integratron. Stay tuned for more details.