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Soundwalk and Artist Talk @ Experimental Station

SoundwalkSeptember 29, 2018
Experimental Station Environmental Concerns Event
From Farmers Market to William Hill's Garden at Hyde Park Academy to 63rd St. Metra

Public Newsroom Artists Talk

"We’re teaming up with City Bureau; The Fest, curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival; and the Smart Museum of Art to bring contemporary local artist Norman Long to the Public Newsroom (hosted weekly by City Bureau).Long, born and raised Chicago’s South Side, will create a captivating experience that ties sound and place. We’ll be kicking off the evening early at 5:30pm with a soundwalk around Woodlawn. Long’s walks develop over time as well as space and engage audiences by reorienting their sense of site through active listening. Following the walk, Long will lead a discussion about his work and its connections to living in a neighborhood, as well as how the walks tie in with journalistic practices. Then he'll wrap up with a live sound mixing demo. We'll have drinks a…
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Water Music on the Beach, Sunday September 9, 2018

Thanks to 6018N and Roman Susan Gallery for having us!

We closed out the day with our version of Pauline Oliveros' "Environmental Dialogues".
Our revised text:

"Observe your breathing. Gradually begin to focus on the sound and rhythm of an element in the soundscape. Support the sound vocally, mentally or with an object. If you lose touch with the source, wait for another."

We began with breathing and movement exercised lead by Sara Zalek. The group then, prompted by signs made by Gwyneth Anderson moved to different interactive installations created by, Gwyneth and Sara, on the beach where the participated in the composition. It's important to mention that even as we were standing, listening, moving that we were part of the soundscape, part of the beach regardless of physical or sonic color lines. And perhaps the best way to challenge them, and to decolonize our listening according to Jennifer Lynn Stoever is to listen to and out for each other and our envir…

OUT NOW - Electro-Acoustic Dubcology - I - IV on Bandcamp

Electro-Acoustic Dubcology I - IV by Norman W. Long

Electro-Acoustic Dubcology - I - IV
The title that refers to ecology: German Ãâkologie : Greek oikos, house + German -logie, study (from Greek -logi?, -logy). 1. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Also called bionomics. 2. The relationship between organisms and their environment, a recording style made popular in Jamaica in the early 1970's called dub and the practice of Acoustic Ecology, studying the relationship, mediated through sound, between human beings and their environment. The recording and composition processes are a combination of acoustic-ecology, electro-acoustic and dub sound practice.  ​ Electro Acoustic Dubcology I (2007) ​ Source recordings from the Cornell Plantations, Arboretum Trail, Pond and Zucker Shrubs. Summer of 2007. Originally I planned to heavily process the sounds and render them to a drone to accompany listeners as they walk about the arboretum. Sort of like a li…

Record Release Event: Norman W. Long’s Electro-Acoustic Dubcology I-IV on Reserve Matinee $10

9pm  Sunday September 2, 2018
Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave #208
Chicago, IL $10
Electro-Acoustic Dubcology I- IV composed between 2007 - 2012, now packaged together in a limited cassette edition by Reserve Matinee and also available on Bandcamp. The title refers to a recording style made popular in Jamaica in the early 1970's called dub and ecology: German Ökologie : Greek oikos, house + German -logie, study (from Greek -logi?, -logy). 1. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Also called bionomics. 2. The relationship between organisms and their environment. The recording and composition processes are a combination of acoustic- ecology, electro-acoustic and dub sound practice. These compositions are “versions” of his experiences in these spaces and communities.

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Angel Bat Dawid

Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American Traditional Music Composer, Improviser, Clarinetist, Pianist and Vinyl Addict…Sonic archaeologist gathering an…

Soundwalk/Soundscape Composition Workshop @ SKYART

Thanks to SkyART and ThreeWalls for making this experience possible

Intro to basics of sound and acoustic ecology based on soundwalks, listening. We started our walk at SkyART where I we did breathing and ear calibration exercises to prepare ourselves for the walk.  We walked to Bessemer Park , stopped there and discussed the first park of our walk and gave brief history of the park and community. I gave a short demo of my recording practice. I attached contact microphones to the fence surrounding the tennis court. We continued our walk, this time we recorded sounds from the park with our recording devices.

Next two days I gave our students a brief demo on how I compose for sound and installation. This started my intro to GarageBand. I gave them a brief tutorial uploading files, editing, filtering, mixing, timeline editing, audio fx, instruments, and rendering to disc. Will render and upload to
I found the staff, fa…

Calumet Sounds - Calumet Park Soundwalk - August 4, 2018

Thanks to the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, ThreeWalls, Chicago Park District, Night Out In the Parks, Joann Podkul, Kevin Murphy, Inferno Mobile and everyone who came out on such a hot day.

This walk was the third walk I led in the South Deering Community Area this summer. These walks I've lead, performances and recordings of these parks are part of my research for the RaD Lab fellowship I received from ThreeWalls arts organization here in Chicago.

The purpose of these walks are to share my creative process, introduce people to the process of soundwalks as a way of understanding their community, their city and their relationship to their neighbors and the environment. I believe listening across borders and cultures is an important part of the process of de-programming and de-colonizing our listening habits which leads to harmful beliefs in ourselves and others.

Option - Angel Bat Dawid w/ Lia Kohl and Norman W. Long May 7, 2018