Tuesday, September 30, 2014


DATE:                         Saturday, October 11, 2014
                                    Doors open at 7pm
                                    Music starts at 8pm

LOCATION:               Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL  60660

You are invited to attend Myth/Science Dubcology, an electro-acoustic improvised performance event that features Norman W. Long (field recordings, samples, electronics), Angel Elmore (piano, clarinet), Dan Godston (trumpet, small instruments) and AVREEAYL RA (percussion). Curated by Norman W. Long. $10 suggested donation.

Myth/Science Dubcology is a tribute to Sun Ra on his 100th anniversary of his birth and Washington Park, reflecting on the creative and cultural space the composer and the park creates. Myth/Science Dubcology follows Norman’s practice of gardening, collecting and creating as a way to connect people to history, space, ecology and community. This practice fulfills a need for us to understand our ecology, history and sense of place through sound.  Through this understanding we can improve our communities.  Norman will be improvising and processing my recordings live with AVREEAYL RA , Dan Godston and Angel Elmore. This performance will be in the spirit of creativity in using sound and space as Sun Ra and the park’s designer Frederick Law Olmsted had in composing and designing.  It is also important to note that he will be working with the Creative Audio Archive (CAA) and their archive of Sun Ra recordings.

·      Borderbend Arts Collective: www.borderbend.org
·      Chicago Calling Arts Collective: www.chicagocalling.org
·      Experimental Sound Studio: http://www.experimentalsoundstudio.org
·      Myth/Science Dubcology: http://3arts.org/projects/mythscience-dubcology
·      Norman W. Long: http://normanwlong.wix.com/soundartdesign

Saturday, September 13, 2014






Thanks to everyone who support the funding to make this event happen!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


In June 2011 I started recording the sounds of Washington Park, 1) to continue my Electro-Acoustic Dubcology series, 2) because I was inspired by the compositions and writings by Sun Ra 3) I was inspired by the park itself and its designer Frederick Law Olmsted.  Having accrued considerable amount recordings of the park, I am asking for your support in helping me carry out my first concert series called Myth/Science Dubcology. Myth/Science referring to Sun Ras Arkestra and his studies of religion, numerology and science and Dubcology referring to ecology, the science of the relationships between organisms and their environments and a recording method made popular in Jamaica in the early 1970's called dub. The recording and composition processes are a combination of acoustic-ecology, electro-acoustic composition and dub sound practice. 
             Right now, I am at a point in my career where I am able to focus the appropriate energy and resources to expand my practice and execute a series of concerts connecting audiences and communities creating a sense of place through performance with this homage to Washington Park and Sun Ra. This is a great opportunity to contribute to a unique project that is accessible on many levels. Your involvement supports "new music", sound ecology, listening as a form of place making, Jazz history and Chicago history.

            Every dollar you donate will support a project that can thrive and expand with limited resources. Your gift will help support this endeavor in a meaningful way and ensure that the spirit of creativity, curiosity and experimentation continues to thrive in my practice and in the work of my colleagues. Your giving directly funds: performance space, engineer, refreshments, artist fees, transportation, rehearsal time and art supplies.

Thank You

Click here for project details and how to contribute:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Experimental Sound Studio | Florasonic2014: Norman W. Long: Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III

Experimental Sound Studio | Florasonic2014: Norman W. Long: Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III


The Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology organized a sound walk that I led with Matthew Griffin at Millennium Park in Chicago that Friday evening. We started at the Park and ended at a ARU Studios on North Michigan Ave. Find out more about the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology here

Djerassi Sound map

During my residency I did a series of field recordings from the ranch that have been used in collaborations with my fellow residents as well as my own compositions. I decided to make some of the raw field recordings available on my Djerassi Sound Map project hosted by Radio Aporee. Please watch this space as more recordings will be uploaded.

BOLT Residency Program Chicago,IL July 1, 2014 - June 1 2015

I was accepted for the Chicago Artists Coalitions BOLT Residency Program. I am looking forward to working with a group of great artists.

BOLT Residency:



Djerassi Resident Artists Program May 20 - June 18, 2014

It was a great honor and pleasure to participate in this residency. I Met so many great artists, writers and musicians in a setting like no other.

Here are some recordings from this amazing place (more to come):

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

More recordings - Washington Park Project

Just finished adding more recordings to my Washington Park project at Radio Aporee
(http://aporee.org/maps/work/projects.php?project=el_sun_snd_wlk). I've added a recording of a garden with a little rock fountain, pond with high school drummers in the back ground at the end of the Bud Biliken day parade route and some sound from the El station at 55/Garfield.


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.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Guns of New Year 2014

This has become somewhat of an annual tradition. I've recorded my neighbors bringing in 2014 with gun fire. Happy New Year.

Gardening at Night IV In a Garden

Gardening at Night IV In a Garden from normanwlong on Vimeo.

Sound Installation by Norman W. Long

Tomeka Reid

Last summer Composer/Improvisor Tomeka Reed asked if she could use some of my sounds and Sun Ra readings from Washington Park for her piece at Arts Incubator in Washington Park. These are pics from the performance from Sept. 15, 2013. Her score is at the top. She the cellist at the bottom pic with Todd Carter manipulating the recordings. Fred Longberg-Holm and Alex Inglizian were also involved in the improvising and processing offsite at the Logan Center across from the park on the University of Chicago campus.