Friday, June 28, 2019

WGLT Nov. 14 1995 DJ set



























   

     Program director Chuck Miller hired me in August 1995 as a jazz dj for NPR affiliate WGLT in Normal, IL. I would work two shifts of 3 or 4 hours programming jazz, broadcasting syndicated shows by both Branford and Wynton Marsalis via tape or satellite feed. While I had studied clarinet from middle school through to my 3rd year in college, I had only played jazz in my high school band, where we played jazz, classical, marching band music, salsa and traditional irish folk songs. Like most of the music I had grown to love from punk to jazz, I picked it up and learned about it in a vacuum (due to race, class and location, more on this later), through my own research as a teenager and young adult. So to have programs I could run from NPR and the biggest jazz library I had ever seen, my education grew ten fold in a matter of weeks! I did have constraints due to the format the music director wanted us to use, but I only saw it as a challenge to learn more within the styles and artists I chose. My education wasn’t over after this job. It would be almost two years until I would meet jeff parker and chad taylor. Like many stations at the time, they were pressed to gain more listeners and wanted to move toward a more adult contemporary and smooth jazz sound. While making that transition I was still allowed to explore and educate myself and the audience.

     If music was a way for me to explore my identity, then jazz was how I found my blackness. However, not everyone was happy with my explorations and expressions. The constraints got tighter, no more Archie Shepp or any of that fire music. But with the support of Chuck who was a proponent of the kind of music I found inspiring I stayed on for the following semester even though I knew I wasn’t welcome. This time was integral to my development of my creative approach. My passion for jazz-Great Black Music was more important than feeling welcome by anyone at that station. That interest and passion was only recognized by one person and that was the guy that hired me and kept me on. So, as a DJ I valued communicating an idea or mood over ‘moving’ a crowd. Selections were more important than technical virtuosity.



     But this job was also opened up problems of reception of what I was doing and would continue to this day. And that problem has a lot to do with race. Working as a DJ in an unpopular genre as a black kid barely 21 years old when no one listened to jazz. This was the Midwest (More Chronic than Illmatic). I had no right to have ownership over what I was doing or to be empowered or educated. But here I was playing my culture and my music. It is something I reflect on positively to this day. I stumbled across an air-check tape (similar to a demo-tape of promos and announcements recorded during my DJ shift) from November of 1995. I made the playlist from this tape. The playlist is a bit conservative compared to what I DJ and play live with musicians but no less informative of what and how I learned about jazz. It also gives one a glimpse into 3-4 hours of life of a young Black art student in central Illinois.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Upcoming Events June 30 - July 31



Happy Summer!

I want to thank everyone who came out to listen, play and support this work. Summer is here and that means it is soundwalk season. I have several soundwalks I will be leading this summer. There are also performances with several ensembles and collaborators coming up that I am excited about announcing.

photo:Sara Zalek

Soundwalk: Sensitive circuits, listening ground


Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM


5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60660


A silent walk focusing on listening to the diverse soundscape of the west Edgewater neighborhood. Led by artist trio N.w. Long, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson and Sara Zalek.

Join us at Experimental Sound Studio at 3 PM to embark; the walk will finish back at ESS around 5 PM. Participants are then welcome to join the group at Roman Susan afterwards to discuss the experience.

Norman W. Long is a sound artist/designer/composer based in Chicago, IL. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. He has exhibited and/or performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. His art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments, situations in which the artist and audience are engaged in a dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. It is his desire that his practice offers us a space to consider our relationship to sound via social, ecological structures, our interiority, and to affirm our existence. To hear his work online, please visit soundcloud.com/normanlong and normanwlong.bandcamp.com.

Sara Zalek is an artist, choreographer, and curator rooted in Butoh and investigations of personal identity. She is obsessed with time travel, experimental science, hybrid animals, ecology and the intentional act of transformation. www.saratonin.com.

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson is a depressed animist, descended from European invaders and immigrants, based in Chicago and Baltimore. She makes time for the animation, absurdity, patterns, and paradox of humans and not-humans, often focusing on sensations and systems that are invisible to us due to their immateriality or assumed normalcy. She's presented work in galleries, festivals, forests, and empty lots throughout the Northern Hemisphere. As an artist in residence, she's gestated at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), FRISE (Germany), Harold Arts (Ohio), Arteles Creative Center (Finland), and Utopiana (Switzerland). She teaches teenagers at the Lutz Center for After School Matters, and has taught in many other institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, and Johns Hopkins University's Baltimore Youth Film Arts. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her certificate from the Center for Deep Listening in 2018. She thinks all artist bios and CVs are deceptive. For more information, please visit gwynethvzanderson.com.

Experimental Sound Studio is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound. As an international hub for sonic experimentation, ESS nurtures artists, heralds new works, and builds a broad, supportive community of makers, enthusiasts, and creative partners through production, presentation, education, and preservation. For more information, please visit ess.org.

Sensitive circuits, listening ground is a part of the ongoing exhibition Without Within, a collaborative project between Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation. For additional information about the exhibition and upcoming programming, please visit ROMANSUSAN.ORG/WITHOUT-WITHIN.

☔️if it is going to rain, we'll bring umbrellas ☔️



Derek Monypeny / Consumer / N.W. Long


Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 9 PM – 12 AM


2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

Cafe Mustache presents

Derek Monypeny is a Joshua Tree, CA-based guitarist and oud player who has played in the bands Oaxacan, ALTO!, and Sir Richard Bishop's Freak Of Araby Ensemble. He has performed and toured with artists such as Bill Orcutt, Jozef van Wissem, Eva Aguila/Kevin Shields, Arrington de Dionyso, and many others.  

"Derek, using tastefully deployed effects and small and patient gestures, digs deep into those thin places where all kinds of inner space visions can flourish. You could talk about the complex social organization and communication among undiscovered species of highly intelligent insects deep under the sands of Mars . . . or any pulsing pattern of pure electricity hurtling somewhere through deep space . . .  or shortwave radio broadcasts of the latest tunes by mutant Touareg troubadours roaming the dark side of the moon . . . etcetera" -Larry Dolman, Blastitude magazine

Consumer.
MATT PALENSKE DAWNS THE MONICKER CONSUMER. TO HARNESS ALIENATED OPTIMISM WITH A REACTIVE, BODILY PERFORMANCE USING A SOULFUL BLEND OF APOCALYPTIC VOICES TO CREATE VEXING, THRASHY DANCE MUSIC.

Norman W. Long is an artist/composer born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. His practice involves soundwalks, performing, improvising and  field recording. Norman has performed with Angel Bat Dawid's Brothahood, Chicago Phonography, Carol Genetti, Eli Namay, Peter Maunu, Jim Baker, Damon Locks,Todd Carter, Sara Zalek Lia Kohl, and Andrew Clinkman.


8pm Doors
9pm Show
$5-$10 donation (bring ca$h!!!)


MSAE Summer Soundwalks: Listening for Resilience

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM

Big Marsh (Park 564) 

11555 S. Stony Island Ave. 

Chicago, IL 60617

Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek lead an exploration of resiliency through Big Marsh Park includes exercises which ready the body for listening acutely and sharing our encounters.

Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology is happy to announce its fourth annual series with the Chicago Park District's Night Out In the Parks program.

Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks and listening in the parks.

Join your neighbors in Soundwalks led by faculty and alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience for all ages.

Presented by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Night Out In the Parks brings arts and culture to over 500 parks across the city, free and open for public participation.

What is a soundwalk? A soundwalk is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. Through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves. We also can use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is.





Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE):
Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology is happy to announce its third annual series with the Chicago Park District's Night Out In the Parks program.

Break away from your daily routine. Renew your sense of place through mindfulness walks and listening in the parks.

Join your neighbors in Soundwalks led by faculty and alumni from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow teaching artists for a unique outdoor experience for all ages.

Presented by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Night Out In the Parks brings arts and culture to over 500 parks across the city, free and open for public participation.

The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), established in 2009, is a membership organization dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies, while promoting public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration of natural and cultural sound environments.

MSAE realizes it mission through local initiatives in agreement with the common aims and goals of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE). These include public soundwalks, educational workshops, and creative and scholarly productions. We work in partnership with the National Park Service, Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago Park District, Chicago Wilderness, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Mixage Fou, and World Listening Project, among others.




Norman W. Long, Andrew Clinkman and Xris Espinoza


Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM


5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60660

Join us for a performance at Experimental Sound Studio by N.w. Long, Andrew Clinkman, and Xris Espinoza.

Norman W. Long is a sound artist/designer/composer based in Chicago, IL. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. His art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments, situations in which the artist and audience are engaged in a dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. It is his desire that his practice offers us a space to consider our relationship to sound via social, ecological structures, our interiority, and to affirm our existence. To hear work online, please visit soundcloud.com/normanlong and normanwlong.bandcamp.com.

Andrew Clinkman is a Chicago based guitarist whose work primarily centers around experimental and improvised music. In addition to solo guitar work and many ad hoc collaborations, he is an active member of several bands including Marker led by composer and saxophonist Ken Vandermark, and weirdo pop group Spirits Having Fun. His solo guitar recording, The Joy Of Cooking, was released in January 2015 by Lake Paradise Records. He has been a co-curator of the Option series at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago since June 2015 along with Ken Vandermark and Tim Daisy. To hear work online, please visit lakeparadiserecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-joy-of-cooking and soundcloud.com/buckmasters.

Xris Espinoza
Reeds/Percussion

A visionary musician, artist and thinker, Xris believes “the spiritual technology of sound [tone science] has the power to uplift the spirit, engaged and expand consciousness, reveal unfathomed depths of ancient wisdom and synchronize brain waves with the natural acoustic resonance of mother earth La Pachamama.”



Experimental Sound Studio is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound. As an international hub for sonic experimentation, ESS nurtures artists, heralds new works, and builds a broad, supportive community of makers, enthusiasts, and creative partners through production, presentation, education, and preservation. For more information, please visit ess.org.

This performance is a part of the ongoing exhibition Without Within, a collaborative project between Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation. For additional information about the exhibition and upcoming programming, please visit ROMANSUSAN.ORG/WITHOUT-WITHIN.

Image: installation detail of sound composition by N.w. Long at Experimental Sound Studio



Genetti/Long/Maunu Trio


Tue, July 30, 9:00pm – 12:00am

Cafe Mustache – 2313 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Carol Genetti - Voice

Peter Maunu - Guitar/Mandolin/Violin

Norman W. Long - Electronics



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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Live at TriTriangle 06/02/2019




Inspired by Black Monument Ensemble's performance earlier that day and the experimental/industrial/noise history of the space now known as TriTriangle

Sounds:
field recordings from VanVlissingen Prairie and Big Marsh
0-coast synth  
microbrute 
pocket operator

Thanks to:
TriTriangle
Galaxxu
Sip
Mezzanine Swimmers
Corery Lyons for the video

WGLT Nov. 14 1995 DJ set

         Program director Chuck Miller hired me in August 1995 as a jazz dj for NPR affiliate WGLT in Normal,...