Thursday, December 6, 2012

Washington Park Sun Ra Sound Walks

Washington Park Sun Ra Sound Walk - Map





Washington Park Sun Ra Sound Walks:
This project's setting is at Washington Park in Chicago, IL USA. It was designed by American Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1870's. I have captured the sound character of this place through field recordings. Along with the ecology, I have recorded activities and events at the park. My inspiration for this project is Sun Ra and his pamphlets he handed out while he was preaching in the park in the 1950's, along with other black speakers of diverse religious and political persuasions. Using the Radio Aproree application, I am presenting an audio palimpsest of Washington Park. I have recorded readings of Sun Ra's broadsheets taken from The wisdom of Sun-Ra: Sun Ra's polemical broadsheets and streetcorner leaflets, Ra Sun - John Corbett - WhiteWalls – 2006, on-site in several locations, recording of my walks including picnics, events like the African Fest, walks across the meadow, by the lagoon and sound interventions. Through the Radio Aporee application I am giving the local listeners a perspective on a space they experience everyday that they would not normally have, focusing on the park as a conduit for creative thought, cultural history, ecological preservation and recreation.

I've done quite a bit of recording in Washington Park. Please click the link above for a sound map of my recordings. I will be uploading my recordings from the park over the next few weeks. I will update you all on my progress. Right now I have one reading and three recordings from the African Festival of the Arts held on Labor Day Weekend.



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Images from Dubcology IV Installation at Re-Invent Gallery





Electro-Acoustic Dubcology IV
Such Places, Re-Invent Gallery, Lake Forest, IL July 2012
         
 For this installation, I recorded a brief sound-walk of downtown Lake Forest, including the Metra station, Market Square and Open Lands Park. These recordings offer a brief description of the sonic character of Down Town Lake Forest. Through electro-acoustic process, I have made a version of this experience and installed it at Re-Invent in a Zen-like garden of speakers and electronics. This piece explores the relationship between sound and space, where I create a new space from familiar sounds. 



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

mini SHoP scape


mini shop scape video 07162012 from normanwlong on Vimeo.

mini SHoP scape
sound installation


On Making Things Matter: Strategies for Preservation, SHoP (Southside Hub of Production), Fenn House, Chicago, IL May 2012


Sound Installation for the "Making Things Matter" show at the South Side Hub of Production located at the Fenn House near the University of Chicago Campus, Chicago, IL. Sound was taken from the thrift shop items mixed and processed for piezo transducers which were then connected to the lighting in the store.



Monday, July 16, 2012

Electro-Acoustic Dubcology IV






Electro-Acoustic Dubcology IV
            
     For this installation, I recorded a brief soundwalk of downtown Lake Forest, including the Metra station, Market Square and Open Lands Park. These recording offer a brief description of the sonic character of Down Town Lake Forest. Through electro-acoustic process, I have made a version of this experience and will install it at Re-Invent in a Zen-like garden of speakers and electronics. This piece explores the relationship between sound and space, where I create a new space from familiar sounds. 



  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Home Knowledge Sound Walk



Home Knowledge Sound Walk

Performance


Home Knowledge Spectacular, North Branch Projects, Chicago, IL, March 2012



These are the recordings from the sound walk.

From the program:


Norman Long a workshop on Silence and Listening. I'd like to make a presentation about how we perceive and define space and place through sound. I will do this by organizing a sound walk of the area of the North Branch projects. We will be experiencing the neighborhood through listening. Our route will take us through the commercial area on Lawrence, The North Branch of the River, Eugene Field Park, Gompers Park and the residential points in between.  Many local residents may be familiar with what the neighborhood looks like. I would like for them to focus on how this area sounds, what sounds define this neighborhood and their relationship to this area via sound.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Toronto Soundscape 2006






Toronto Soundscape 2006


This is an audio sketchbook for an electroacoustic piece featuring sounds recorded from Church Street in Toronto in October 2006. These pieces will make up a electroacoustic composition based on these recordings. I was inspired to work on these recordings after I had seen Mark Bradford's paintings at the MCA Chicago. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

North Branch Sound Walk





North Branch Sound Walk 
- 3550 W. Lawrence, CHGO, IL 
- Saturday March 17 2012
- 1pm - 3pm


A workshop on Silence and Listening. About how we perceive and define space and place through sound. I will be organizing a sound walk of the area of the North Branch projects. We will be experiencing the neighborhood through listening. Our route will take us through the commercial area on Lawrence, The North Branch of the River, Eugene Field Park, Gompers Park and the residential points in between. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Drone Meditations 1



Sitting meditation, Millenium PK, Chicago with Buddha Machine Drones. Early Spring 2010.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Holiday Weekend

 This was a recording taken in mid-June of 2011. While recording parts of Washington Park, I was able to walk through a few picnics. This is what I heard. I thought this post would be appropriate for the MLK holiday weekend.

Washington pk summer picnics by normanlong"> Washington pk summer picnics by normanlong

The Guns of New Years

A recording taken 'round midnight January 1, 2012 from my window. I find this recording similar to the July 4 recording from 2009. I feel that this has a similar existential feel to as my neighbors can be heard ringing in the New Year with their fire-arms.