Come to a clean home, it’s your choice.

Several reasons to Use a Cleaning Company

A professional cleaning service provides stability and peace of mind. Specialized cleaning company offer professional, reliable, trustworthy maids to your
Individual cleaners may be much less organized. When they lack insurance policies and damage happens you might have to make a claim on your own insurance policy. Specific claims could endanger your home owner's insurance coverage. Inconsistent quality and trustworthiness problems with an individual could cause disagreements which are hard to solve.
 You will find a serious risk with the unlicensed individual.
 Whenever employing a self-advertised individual for you cleaning requirements, it is difficult to get reviews as well as reliable feedback on the level of quality of the non-professional house keeper’s job. As the owner of a house, it’s a weird feeling to leave an unknown person in the house to clean up when they are not qualified, insured, or even bonded.  Even when you are going off your recommendations, it is also not as comforting to know your personal property and belongings are safe when a specialized cleaning staff is hired to clean up your house.
 In any case specialists in cleaning services keep up to date on the most recent as well as most effective cleaning techniques and items. A firm which wants to stay in business must be focused on quality, reliability and satisfied customers.
 At cleaning services near Concord MA, specialists are always up-to-date with the most recent cleaning techniques, products and services. Focused upon top quality, reliability, and customer happiness, they will provide you with the gleaming clean you deserve right now.
Employing a cleaning company must make your daily life much easier. Simply by knowing what to look for when choosing a cleaning organization, you're definitely on the right path.

How you can Deal with House Allergy

Winter season is finally behind all of us, but for many, the enjoyment of springs brings from it those dreaded allergies. Actually as many as 1 in five Americans suffer from seasonal allergic reactions. And did you know that the level of smog inside the average American home is at least two times as high as it is outdoors? Whenever allergy season hits, maintaining the air quality clean in your home will help reduce allergy symptoms, allowing the whole family breathe a little simpler. And if you have children, this really is even more important because they breathe in proportionately more air for his or her body size than grownups, taking in more particles plus contaminants than we perform. Read on for the areas in your house you should probably be paying even more attention to, and easy ways to include them to your spring-cleaning listing.
  • Clean Carpets
Weekly cleaning of carpets (and region rugs) maintains their existence and appearance by picking up gathered dust and dirt. The bag vacuum with a DUST filter is recommended for optimum results, but bacteria, things that trigger allergies and pet dander could remain trapped within the carpeting fibers.
For a deep clear, professional cleaning services should be used at least twice a year, and you can request they incorporate a sanitizer to remove the maximum amount associated with bacteria. They can also add the protectant coating to carpeting fibers to make it easier with regard to homeowners to keep them solution for longer on their own.
  • Change Air flow Filters
Another important way to enhance indoor air quality is to replace the furnace filter at normal intervals, and especially after winter season. This will prevent dust plus dirt from being dispersed around the house. In addition, wiping straight down air ducts and air flow vents helps decrease contact with airborne allergens.
  • Vacuum Upholstered Furniturehome allergy
Most people spend substantial time on their chairs plus couches, but few let it be known to her and regularly clean them. Cleaning the upholstery once almost every other week in high-traffic places, like family rooms, will certainly pick up the dirt, dirt and allergens that decide on these surfaces. It is recommended, nevertheless, to have them professionally washed at least once a year to eliminate a lot of deep-down dirt and things that trigger allergies.
  • Incorporate Area Rugs
It’s turn into a common misconception that choosing hard-surface floors instead of carpeting results in a cleaner house.
However , dust and dust particles actually settle on these types of bare surfaces and get hidden back into the air, and transported deeper into the home, if you find activity in the room. Rugs and doormats act like huge filters that absorb dirt, bacteria and allergens. These unhealthy particles are usually trapped when they settle plus kept in place until you need to vacuum.
  • Wipe Down Countertops
Much like hard-surface floors, kitchen counter tops also collect particles associated with dust, bacteria and things that trigger allergies as they waft through the air flow and settle. A moderate cleaner will remove the dirt, but counters made of granitic or tile often include a sealer that can degrade with time. For these surfaces, using cleansers with a sealer refresher will certainly prevent bacteria from achieving into the porous areas of the particular stone.

Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

What better way to usher in the new season than to refresh your kitchen?! This Spring, be sure to add your family’s refrigerator to the cleaning list. Here’s why: Most of us know that a few simple, easy steps – wash, seperate, cook, and refrigerate – go along way in keeping our families safe and […]

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Spring Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Usher in the spring season with a spring cleaning of your refrigerator! A few simple, easy kitchen steps – wash, seperate, cook, and refrigerate – go along way in keeping our families safe and free from food borne illnesses. But, did you know that mold, bacteria, and spills in the refrigerator can put you and […]

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Cleaning Tips from a Hollywood Star? Strange but True

"I’m not a vegan, I don’t live off the grid, and I don’t wear hemp every day." That's Jessica Alba speaking, perhaps not the first person that pops to mind as the next guru of green living.  But in her new book, The Honest Life, Jessica Alba chronicles her personal journey to living a healthier and greener life and shares nontoxic cleaning tips.

The Honest Life features useful and affordable tips for leading a natural lifestyle. “I decided to write this book because I was sick of being told that ‘healthy,’ ‘safe,’ and ‘eco’ means ‘boring’ and ‘blah’—not to mention crazy expensive and hard to find,” she writes. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Alba in Los Angeles about her strategies for nontoxic house cleaning. Here are her top three practices; each one easy and affordable.

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Above: Photo via Hans Blomquist.

1. Open Your Windows

Alba suggests letting a fresh breeze run through your space as much as possible. “The air inside the home is often more polluted than the air outside the home," she says, adding that this is often from possible off-gassing from paint and furniture. "Usually stuffing is made from petrochemicals and synthetic fibers are so flammable,...

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Domestic Science: Common Good Cleaning Products

Founded by Australian-born Sacha Dunn, a former prop stylist, the mission of Brooklyn-based Common Good is simple: "We believe in safe, green, hard-working household cleaners and soaps in bottles you can refill." Common Good products (which include dishwashing liquid, all-purpose spray cleaner, laundry detergent, and more) are largely plant-based and are free of fragrance, dyes, and synthetic perfumes. Best of all, if you live in New York, you can bring your own bottle to one of several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (go to Common Good for locations) for reasonably priced refills. Online, select products are available at Terrain.

Above: Common Ground's products are sold at the Fat Radish in New York.

Common Good Laundry Soap Common Good All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Above L: Common Good Laundry Soap comes in a hand-printed glass bottle; $24 at Terrain. Above R: Common Good All-Purpose Cleaning Spray; $18 at Terrain.

Common Good Dish Cloth

Above: The Common Good Dish Cloth is made of 100 percent cotton; contact Common Good for ordering information.

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    12 Natural Garment Washes and Detergents

    It only takes a few dry cleanings to notice the chemical film on your favorite garments and the degradation of the fibers.

    I, for one, have lost a few good sweaters to a year of over zealous dry cleaning, during which I turned a blind eye to perchloroethylene, one of many solvents used in the process. Perchloroethylene is labeled carcinogenic to humans by the EPA, and its disposal must be handled as hazardous waste. In fact, the solvent will be illegal in California by 2023, but we're not quite there yet. Until then, we're finding a cleaner way to wash and preserve clothing with these 12 green fabric care solutions.

    N.B.: For more on maintaining a wardrobe over a lifetime, have a look at our Expert Advice with Antonio Centeno, author of the Real Men, Real Style blog.

    APC and Aesop Fine Fabric Care, Photograph from Fantastic Man | Remodelista

    Above: A collaboration between French fashion brand A.P.C. and Australian skincare company Aesop, Fine Fabric Care is made with lemon and cedar wood for washing delicate garments. The 17-ounce bottle is undeniably pricey—it's $39 at Aesop and €29 at A.P.C.—but only a half tablespoon is needed per wash. Photograph by John Verde for Fantastic Man magazine.

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    Natural Laundry Potions from Sweden

    Aloe vera, peach oil, coconut, orange, soy beans. No, this is not my grocery list, but a sampling of the ingredients used in the cleaning products from Sweden's Tangent Garment Care products, an ecologically sound set of washes and shoe polishes and waxes to keep your wardrobe well maintained.

    In creating Tangent cofounder David Samuelsson was inspired by his grandfather, a chimney sweep who was "meticulous when it came to his wardrobe and dressed with a certain degree of elegance." An antidote to the throw-away culture of modern dressing, Tangent is about honoring the production of clothing by buying fewer things, wearing the same things over and over, and preserving them—all ideas we can get behind.

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    Above: Tangent's Stain Remover in a brown glass bottle. The line is currently available from Tangent Garment Care directly; we hope it makes its way to the US soon.

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    Above: The Stain Remover in easier-to-ship packaging; €12. Tangent claims the product works effectively on all fabrics, including silk and wool.

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    Above: From left to right: Displayed ingredients on tins of Black Shoe Polish; Shoe Grease (which also contains beeswax, coconut fat, and rapeseed oil);...

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    Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Philosophy

    When we're not decanting our own cleaning concoctions into glass jars, we're on the search for the most safe-to-use, effective, and sweet smelling cleaning products out there.

    Add this to the list: Wendyl Nissen's Green Goddess line of solutions that are simple in structure (castile soap, baking soda, essential oils) and humble in packaging. A blogger, shopkeeper, and best-selling author of domestic science handbooks in Auckland, New Zealand, Wendyl takes inspiration from our grandmothers' ways and concocts her solutions by updating age-old recipes. Her philosophy, "it's okay to be a nana," appears on every label—as does the product recipe, so that you can make your own. You can also access her cleaning product recipes directly on her site. The line is available online at Everyday Needs—and check out yesterday's post to see Everyday Needs' new shop.

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    Above: Wendyl's Antibacterial Spray keeps germs at bay with orange, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils. It can be used on room surfaces and hands, and also as an air freshener; $12.50 NZD (about $10 US).

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    Above L: Patchouli Laundry Powder includes a mixture of castile soap with patchouli, ylang ylang, and...

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    Shine Bright Like a Diamond, Window Cleaning Edition

    When it comes to cleaning, I like to take as natural an approach as possible. In my ideal world, the process of making my own cleaning products would always look more like whipping up something for lunch than concocting something to clean grime off my windows.  I’ve been making a vinegar-based solution to clean windows for a few years, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered another secret ingredient—a pantry staple and an unexpected powerhouse for shine:

    Above: My all-natural window cleaner is so safe and gentle that I mix it in the same kitchenware I use to prepare food.

    Above: I brew the secret-ingredient window cleaner in 16-ounce batches and store it in a clean glass bottle.

    Above: Ready to mix your own miracle window cleaner? Click Here for instructions and the Secret Ingredient.


    Do you want to tackle more spring cleaning chores? See our favorite 10 Tips for Happy Housekeeping.


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      Domestic Science: 10 Natural Cleaning Solutions for the Bathroom

      Keeping things generally picked up and uncluttered doesn't have quite the same impact in the bathroom as it does in other living spaces. Bathrooms require real elbow grease. But the feeling of bleach against skin and the lingering scent of chemical cleansers is not a requisite for porcelain and tile sparkle.

      We like mixing our own cleaning solutions, but when going the store-bought route, we turn to these natural cleaners. Paired with an arsenal of bristly brushes, they do the trick and leave behind a pleasingly subtle bouquet.

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      Above: The Laundress's eco-friendly cleaners contain ingredients such as white vinegar (blended with rose, bergamot, and thyme essential oils) and "plant-derived grease-cutting agent (triethyl citrate)." A trio—Scented Vinegar, All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate, and Glass Cleaner—is $36 at Food52.

      Common Good Bathroom Cleaner | Remodelista

      Above: Made with lactic acid for removing soap and lime scale, Common Good's Bathroom Cleaner is free of a host of undesirables (dyes, bleach, phthalates); $9 per bottle.

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      Above: It's Aesop's blend of lemon, tangerine, and mandarin (and not the concoction's name) that earns Post-Poo Drops a spot on our list—because a truly clean bathroom...

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      Small Space, High Style: A Napa Valley Laundry Room

      Interior designer Patricia Adrian-Hanson’s two-story house sits perched on a Napa Valley hillside with a sweeping valley view. And while it might exude a casual California elegance, her laundry room is a paean to efficiency, which she attributes to her German roots. Contrary to the norm, she decided to place her washer and dryer on the second floor because, as she tells us, “I wanted a laundry room close to where laundry gets generated.” Finding enough free space was the challenge. But with a little creativity her builders were able to carve a laundry nook beside the chimney, and the addition of a sliding barn door enables her to keep it out of view. Here, she tells us how she maximizes the use of her hidden laundry room. 

      Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista, except where noted.

      Napa Valley house and laundry photograph Sean Dagen | Remodelista

       Above: Wood steps lead to the upstairs hallway; the laundry area is concealed behind the sliding door on the left. Photograph by Sean Dagen.

      Napa Valley Laundry photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista

      Above: Patricia prefers to dry things on a line rather than in the dryer, but notes, “If you put laundry on the second floor, you're not going to take it outside, so I wanted to create a lot of room for drying things." To do this in the narrow...

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      The Only Two Ingredients You Need to Make a Refrigerator Smell Fresh

      When I was 20, I lived for five months with a woman named Fabienne and her two young daughters in the city of Toulouse, in southern France. Beyond my delight at speaking French all day and indulging in a daily chocolatine from a neighborhood bakery in the afternoons, I was enthralled by something much more mundane: Fabienne's refrigerator.

      Every evening when I returned from my classes, I'd peek into the family refrigerator to see if I could determine what we might be having for dinner. I was foiled every single time. I knew that we wouldn't be dining on butter and cheese alone, but night after night, those were the only things of any substance that I found. Despite the spartan contents of Fabienne's fridge, she churned out consistently delicious meals. Fresh ingredients, daily stops to the market, and an unrelenting mission to finish what she'd purchased were the secrets to her tidiness.

      Keeping a refrigerator like Fabienne's is still something that I aspire to. Until I get there, I rely on a little trick that keeps my refrigerator smelling fresh, if not also perfectly edited.

      Above: When it comes to natural cleaning products, baking soda is King and sweetly scented...

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      Happier at Home: 6 Tips for the Ultimate Spring Cleaning

      Last month, I finished packing up my household (four humans, one dog) for our move across the Golden Gate Bridge, from San Francisco to Marin County. “We are moving mindfully!” I told my children—meaning we should all be socially and environmentally conscious as we cleared stuff out of our old home. My plan was to pack only what we truly needed, and to favor donation bins over trash bins for items we didn’t need. The ultimate goal: to initiate good habits for our new life in the wilds of Marin.

      Here are six steps I took to a (mostly) waste-free house-emptying before our big move. If you’re just embarking on your annual spring cleaning, these rules should come in handy.

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      Above: Stacked French paperbacks in designer Corinne Gilbert bedroom; tour her Brooklyn apartment in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

      1. Start early and sell what you can.

      Do you have closets full of clothing nobody wears? Sell those unused garments to companies like ThredUp, Copious, and Threadflip, or to a neighborhood consignment or vintage shop. You can sell furniture through companies like Chairish (we're big fans), The Home Consignment...

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      Recording Studio


      ESS provides production facilities and support services for projects involving music in its many forms, audio art, radio art, performance art, theater, dance, film, video, poetry, and installation art, as well as cultural institutions who utilize audio for educational and outreach programs and exhibition design.

      Studio A
      An 800-square-foot multi-track live recording studio, with isolation room

      Studio B
      A soundtrack and mastering suite, with overdub booth

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      Audible at ESS is a public space and gallery for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists projects. A simple 400-square-foot space at street level, the space is not only used for ESS programs and events, but is also open to proposals by artists, organizations, and community members.

      Current exhibition

      Luftwerk: Seacurrent

      September 18 – October 25, 2009

      Seacurrent is the latest video installation by Luftwerk, a collaboration between Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero.  Their innovative work transforms surfaces and environments into a moving and illuminated canvas—using scale, light, motion and perspective, they make the architecture of a given site fluid and evocative. Seacurrent is a composite of horizontal slices of images of Lake Michigan, shot at various times of day and night under varying conditions, and rearranged into large-scale shifting patterns, projected on undulating paper strips and crystallized salt. These rolls of paper act as canvas and water surface, evoking the cyclical motions of the sea.

      The opening reception for Seacurrent on September 18 will include a performance at 7pm by Hans-Peter Pfammatter on solo piano.


      Luftwerk currently develops multimedia works informed by natural elements. Luftwerk is the collaboration of Petra Poul Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Bachmaier earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the Hamburg Academy of Arts, where she graduated with special honors in 2000. Sean Gallero, originally from New York City, received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Since 2000, both artists have worked together on multiple video installations, forming Lufwerk in 2007. Besides developing independent projects, Bachmaier and Gallero design projections for special events and entertainment productions. Their work has been presented at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Hyde Park Art Center, MASSMoCA anniversary Gala, Caro d’Offay Gallery and various other public venues. 

      Luftwerk: Seacurrent is curated by Lou Mallozzi for the Audible Gallery at ESS.

      Past projects

      Fred Holland: Golden Splinters (May - July, 2009)
      Linda Kramer: Stray Flowers (Feb-April 2009)
      Hal Rammel: Regional Light: Both Near and Far (Nov-Dec 2008)
      Karen Lebergott: Magic Mountain (Sept-Nov 2008)
      Kristin M. Frieman: Thread Tracings: a Dressmaker’s Still Life (May-June 2008) & Return Relief (June-Aug 2008)
      McArthur Binion: Simplicism II: Gouache Work (Mar-Apr 2008)
      Jeff Abell: Clarity & Confusion (Feb-Mar 2008)
      Rebecca Kressley: Five Girls (It Held Her Very Close, Their Terrible Cries, There, at the Bottom, They Knew if They Stayed Very Still) (Nov-Dec 2007)
      Various: Signals Across Borders (Sept-Oct 2007)
      Jesse Seay: Mechanical Tide (July-Sept 2007)
      Terri Zupanc: listening - drawings and photos (May-June 2007)
      Michael J. Schumacher: Room Piece Chicago (March-April 2007)
      Stephen Lapthisophon: The Sound of Music (February 2007)
      Peter Brötzmann and Tom Raworth: Visual Works (November-December 2006)

      Outer Ear Festival of Sound 2006

      Funders, Sponsors, and Presenting Partners:

      The Governor's International Arts Exchange Program of the Illinois Arts Council
      The Chicago Park District
      The Lincoln Park Conservancy
      Elastic Arts Foundation
      The Departments of Sound and Film Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
      Woodland Pattern Book Center
      Corbett vs. Dempsey
      Artist accommodation provided by Days Inn Lincoln Park North

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      Outer Ear Festival of Sound 2007

      Malin Lindelow(Chicago): Moss Intermezzo: Part I - Bears
      November 17 - December 11
      Opening Reception: Thursday November 17, 5PM - 8PM
      NOVA Exhibition Space
      840 W. Washington, Chicago
      Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, noon - 5:00 PM
      Free admission

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      Artist Residency Program 2007

      Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) will offer four 30- to 40-hour residencies through the 2007 Artists Residency Program (ARP). At least three of these residencies are for Chicago area artists, and, for the first time, one residency will be open to non-Chicago US artists. Each residency includes access to the ESS recording facilities with engineering assistance. The ESS recording facilities include:
      o one 600-sq-ft live recording studio with 16-track ProTools system, baby grand piano, isolation booth;
      o one soundtrack, mixing, and mastering studio with ProTools and MAX-MSP/Jitter;
      o multi-channel playback and sync-to-image capabilities;
      o various digital and analog processors and recorders.

      The purpose of the ARP is to facilitate the production of finished works that will be presented to the public, so please propose only projects that can be completed within the allotted time frame. Application deadline: April 2, 2007

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      Experimental Sound Studio (ESS)

      Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 for the production and promotion of innovative approaches to the sonic arts. The mission of ESS is to make audio technology accessible and affordable as well as to encourage the creative process.

      ESS provides production facilities and support services for projects involving music in its many forms, audio art, radio art, performance art, theater, dance, film, video, poetry, and installation art, as well as cultural institutions who utilize audio for educational and outreach programs and exhibition design.

      ESS is a membership organization. Annual memberships are $40/year for individuals, $25/year for full-time students. Besides supporting the Midwest's only public-access sonic arts organization, membership entitles you to access to the recording facility at an inexpensive rate and discounts on workshops and ESS-sponsored events.

      Artist Residency Program 2008

      Application deadline: April 5, 2008

      Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) will offer four 30- to 40-hour residencies through the 2008 Artists Residency Program (ARP). At least three of these residencies are for Chicago area artists, and one residency will be open to non-Chicago US artists. Each residency includes access to the ESS recording facilities with engineering assistance. The ESS recording facilities include:
      • one 600-sq-ft live recording studio with 16-track ProTools system, baby grand piano, isolation booth;
      • one soundtrack, mixing, and mastering studio with ProTools and MAX-MSP/Jitter;
      • multi-channel playback and sync-to-image capabilities;
      • various digital and analog processors and recorders.

      The purpose of the ARP is to facilitate the production of finished works that will be presented to the public, so please propose only projects that can be completed within the allotted time frame. An ESS Artist Residency does not carry with it any commitment from ESS to present the finished work, but we often do work with ARP artists in facilitating presentation.

      PLEASE NOTE: REVIEW THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY and contact us if you have any questions or require clarification. If your proposal does not strictly conform to these categories, it may still be eligible, so please contact us to discuss and facilitate your application.

      First, there are two ARTIST CATEGORIES in which you can apply. Please choose the most appropriate category for you.

      ARTIST CATEGORIES (choose one only):

      A1. SONIC ARTIST OR GROUP: This category is for audio artists, composers, musicians, sound installation artists, radio artists, or anyone who considers themselves primarily an artist working with sound, with a demonstrable history of commitment to such work. THIS IS ALSO THE CATEGORY FOR COLLABORATIONS INVOLVING A SONIC ARTIST WORKING WITH A “NON-SONIC” ARTIST OR ENSEMBLE (see below) – for example, a composer collaborating with a dance company, or a sound artist collaborating with a video installation artist.


      A2. NON-SONIC ARTIST OR GROUP: This category is for film or video makers, performing artists/ensembles (dance, theater, performance art, etc.), installation or intermedia artists, etc. whose work is primarily visual — that is, artists whose history is not focused on working primarily in sound. ARTISTS IN THIS CATEGORY MAY WANT TO BE “MATCHED” WITH A LOCAL SOUND ARTIST, COMPOSER, OR SOUND DESIGNER FOR THEIR PROJECT. This is something E.S.S. will do if requested (check appropriate box on Application Form).

      Next, there are two PROJECT CATEGORIES in which you can apply. Please select the one that best describes the project you are proposing.

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      About ESS

      Lou Mallozzi - Executive Director, Staff Engineer
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Studio Manager, Staff Engineer
      Alex Inglizian - Studio Assistant, Staff Engineer
      Sonia Yoon - Creative Audio Archive Manager
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Public Relations Coordinator

      Contact Information

      Experimental Sound Studio
      5925 N Ravenswood
      Chicago, IL 60660


      Amy Beste
      Mary Elizabeth Ferraro
      Lesly Flores
      Kristin Frieman
      Annie LoPrieno
      Lou Mallozzi
      Darin Walsh


      ESS programs and services are supported by our members and benefactors, and by the generous support of the Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the DEW Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

      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


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      Forasonic  is a unique program that commissions composers and artists to make new site-specific music and audio art installations for the Fern Room of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a turn-of-the-century greenhouse. Curated by ESS Executive Director Lou Mallozzi, florasonic presents each project for three to five months, visited by an estimated 500 to 1,000 people each day.

      Current project:

      In the event that the stag horn fern becomes metallic and that each of its bifurcating leaves rings like a tuning fork, please turn off this recording, Mark Booth, June 3 - September 30, 2007

      Lincoln Park Conservatory
      2391 North Stockton Drive, Chicago
      Hours: open daily 9AM- 5PM, free admission

      In the event that the stag horn fern becomes metallic and that each of its bifurcating leaves rings like a tuning fork, please turn off this recording is attempt to approximate cicada songs in response to those insects that surround us in summer - similar to what we often do by whistling back to birds to respond to them. Mark uses two sources that he records and manipulates to make this piece: acoustic guitar and voice. The guitar strings are set into continuous vibration by electronic devices, and the resulting drones are subtly altered by inserting cards, paperclips, and paper into the strings. The vocal sounds are called "uvular trills", soft clicks and vibrations produced in the back of the throat.
      Mark Booth is a language artist who works in several artistic disciplines, including music, sound installation, visual art, and writing. He has exhibited and performed in numerous galleries, festivals, and venues, including the Overgaden Festival in Copenhagen, the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, Hyde Park Art Center, and Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery in Chicago. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

      Special thanks Kathleen Odell and Brood XIII. 

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      Is Chicago the new leader in sound art?

      According to a recent story in the Brooklyn Rail siting this year’s Outer Ear Festival as a driving force, the answer is yep…sure looks that way. Author Kurt Gottschalk marvels at the enthusiastic turnout for Hal and Olivia’s performance at the Cultural Center and the support (collaborative, if not financial) available to put on presentations the magnitude of Train Time–an installation Gottschalk describes as “almost unprecedented in scale in the history of sound art; drawing allusions to the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 World’s Fair, where Edgar Varèse premiered his electronic tape piece Poème électronique, would not be overstating the scope of the piece.”

      A nod from the creative core of the Big Apple is always welcome, but the accolades just reiterate what Chicagoans have known for a long time: this is a fantastic city for making art. Thanks to all of you who continue to support and create groundbreaking sound art in our city!