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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.

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Outer Ear Festival of Sound 2005
Outer Ear Festival 2004 Info

Artist Residency Program 2006

BONES Audio Art CD Project


Recording Facilities

Staff Bios




ESS programs and services are supported by our members and benefactors, and by the generous support of the WPWR-TV Channel 50 Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the DEW Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.