Creative Audio Archive at the Experimental Sound Studio

When: Wednesday August 24, Noon-1 p.m.

Capacity: Maximum 15, Minimum 3

Description: The Creative Audio Archive (CAA) is a Chicago-based center for the preservation and investigation of innovative and experimental sonic arts and music, an initiative of the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS). The archive was formed in response to growing concerns over the general state of historical preservation of non-mainstream audio, in particular, recordings related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades. The CAA houses four unique collections: the ESS collection, the Links Hall collection, the Sun Ra/El Saturn collection, and the Malachi Ritscher collection. In addition to preservation efforts, ESS develops interpretive programs for the public to meaningfully engage with the archives in a broad range of contexts. Programs include educational colloquiums and tours, artist commissions to research and present new compositions or visual artworks based on the holdings, curated online exhibitions of collection material, and exhibitions and performances presented on-site and throughout the city of Chicago that bring to life the rich historical treasures in the CAA collections. A tour of the archive provides an inside look at the four collections and the preservation efforts of the Creative Audio Archive.

Directions: Red line to Bryn Mawr stop; take the 84 Peterson bus to west to Ravenswood stop; walk half block south on Ravenswood.

Contact: Allison Schein,, 773.760.1069