Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Long/Elmore Duo - September 23, 2017





video


Angel Elmore – Clarinet

Norman W. Long – Electronics, Field Recordings

Recorded at Ignition Project Space, September 23, 2017
Performance was part of the closing reception for Van Vlissingen Prairie (Video Album) Installation

Long/Elmore Duo improvised with soundscapes from Van Vlissingen Prairie, Jeffery Manor, Big Marsh and Humboldt Park.

Performance explores ways of understanding, being and connecting to ecology and the unknown. Through breath, space, memory, time and machines. How time collapses and folds in on itself and triggers new realities and roads to travel. Is it OK to have an imagination in these times?

This is a convergence of traditions, non-traditions, experiences and sound making to create other black music.  After listening we realize these convergences happen more than we think.


Thanks to Ignition Project Space, Mia Capodilupo and Doug Dewitt

Big Marsh Soundwalks and Performances







Memory + Imagination + Presence

How to be in a place that is new and old?

How do I understand this place?

How do we understand this place?

I.

When we do a soundwalk we prepare by noticing our breath, we listen to the closest things around us. Then we walk and listen to changes however slight. Acknowledge how we change the soundscape with each step and how the soundscape changes within Big Marsh.
I started listening and recording as Big Marsh changed from a superfund “brownfield” site that was once home to “Slag and Ballast Company”, part of a network of factories, plants and mills for much of the 20th Century to a remediated natural area and bike park. I think the condition of the soundscape reflects the condition of the community. It was my goal to reintroduce people to a new soundscape that is of the south side of Chicago. Where industry, once the backbone of the economy is gone and the natural ecology being allowed to come back. There maybe a new future with the loss of industry. With these walk we open new paths.

II.


Sara Zalek’s movement, a living breathing palimsest, to stand on old industry, existing between the wind and the ground. New life. Ghosts of Industry. Native ecology remixed.

III.


Sounds from battery powered hand-made synthesizer invoking the ghosts of industry and versioned nature. Improvised sounds navigating between the soundscape of the emerging ecology and the remnants of an existing industrial soundscape.



IV.





Movement / Electronics. Two realities converge and then fall out of synch. Jellyfish leftover from the drosscape. Improvised movements and frequencies carried by the wind over the marshland ecologies.


                       

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Electro-Acoustic Ecology Improvisation - LIVE @ Big Marsh





BIG MARSH PARK
11599 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60607
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 1PM - 9PM
PERFORMANCE - 4PM-5PM


Norman W. Long (MSAE) and Sara Zalek (Butoh Chicago) will lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature. This performance/walk will deal with themes of repair, recovery and resilience. Norman and Sara will perform a duo of electronic music improvisation and movement as part of the 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. I believe that 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. Our performances are an example of how we can creatively engage a soundscape through listening, movement, meditation, amplification and improvisation.




Friday, September 8, 2017

Van Vlissingen Prairie Video Album @ Ignition Project Space



Van Vlissingen Prairie (Video Album)
a video and sound installation

September 3 - 29, 2017 - Opening Saturday, September 9, 5-7pm
at

Ignition Project Space, 3839 W. Grand Ave. #1, Chicago, IL 60651

about:



Van Vlissingen Prairie (Video Album) is a single channel video installation with projection and speaker placements featuring the sound ecology of Van Vlissingen Prairie within the South Deering community area on the South-Side of Chicago. South Deering is majority African-American and Latinx. Home to the Joseph H. Brown Iron and Steel Company in 1875( to be known later as Wisconsin Steel). South Deering was a major industrial hub attracting Irish, Welsh, and English workers at first, followed by Swedes and Germans. After 1900, new settlers arrived from Eastern and Southern Europe. African Americans and Mexicans came following the civil-rights laws banning discrimination in housing and employment. When the mills began shutting down, the community fell into a deep economic depression with many families relocating to other states.



It was my response to a LOUDSPKR/Volume artist call for sounds of the recession in 2009 that started my interest in recording my neighborhood (South Deering/Jeffery Manor). The question of what is the sound of recession haunted me for a couple of days. Especially since I am one of many African Americans who had been hardest hit by this recession and lives on the South-Side of Chicago, which is predominately African American. The recording of my neighbors setting off firecrackers, roman candles, etc. in the rain is a response to the economic silencing a recession does to a community. I see/hear the fireworks as a celebration of existence more than a celebration of freedom, liberty and or patriotism.



My interest in Van Vlissingen Prairie or the Marian R. Byrnes Natural Area stemmed from a screening of a short documentary I saw while attending graduate school at Cornell University. This particular documentary was about Byrnes’ successful attempt to preserve local prairie land from being built on by the Chicago Transit Authority. The City of Chicago does plan on restoring the prairie and installing trails in the future. My interest also lies in the progression of the ecological restoration and maintenance of this space. My expectation, as the site is restored via soil remediation, walking paths created, removal of invasive plant species, and introduction of native species the soundscape will also change incrementally. There has been a controlled burn recently. Shortly after the burn I made audio recordings from contact microphones placed within the scorched earth. This is one of the examples of field recordings I have made for this video album. In some pieces I mixed field recordings with analog synthesizers weaving in and out of the post industrial noise coming from the adjacent rail yard, local residences and the local ecology of birds and singing insects. This soundtrack questions the notion of what a Black Community sounds like and what a community is. These videos challenge notions of landscape by bypassing the pictorial and the beautiful, defining landscape as a complex matrix of networks and systems. Some videos are glitched referring to the less than ideal landscapes and soundscape conditions and the layering and slippage of time. By challenging the traditional way of documenting and defining landscape we begin to listen to how soundscapes define our communities and who we are.





http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1171.html

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WORK/DEATH, HOUSE RED, NORMAN W. LONG - LIVE @ PSYCHIC READINGS 06/28/2017








Photos by Chris Anderson and Norman Long

AS220 Residency

Some of the things I worked on at AS220. :



 AMPLIFIER KIT

WASHINGTON  PARK WALKING PATHS



RECORDING STUDIO


LIVE WINDOW PERFORMANCE

DETAIL

ATARI PUNK CONSOLE

 STUDIO SESSION


INTRO TO ARDUINO



BENJOLIN SYNTHESIZER KIT

Thanks to 3Arts and Alliance of Artist Communities for making this possible

Monday, July 10, 2017

Soundwalk in downtown Providence 06/24/2017






Thanks to AS220, Chris Anderson and Neal Walsh for organizing the soundwalk and workshop and everyone who participated. We had a great crowd and the feedback and reflections were very helpful. It was heartening to know that I can lead a walk like this with so many people I did not know in a city I've never been, with a bad cold and clogged up ears.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Soundwalks!

Very excited about these programs! This summer I'll be working with Sara Zalek at my new neighborhood park Big Marsh!

Monday, May 8, 2017

DEMO - PIEZO


Ignition Project Space - Wild garlic: Contemporary Chicago



Wild garlic: Contemporary Chicago

Darrell Roberts. Stacey Lee Gee. Regin Igloria. Norman Long. Garland Martin Taylor. Yhelena/Michael Hall. Dillon Lemon - opening May 6, 5-7pm

Video
Van Vlissingen - Flower
Norman W. Long

A post shared by N.w. Long (@normanwlong) on

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Session Three: Jaclyn Jacunski, Norman Long and Rose Hernandez Wednesday APR 12 6:30PM


In Session Three: Jaclyn Jacunski, Norman Long and Rose Hernandez 

Wednesday APR 12 6:30PM


Free and open to the public.

Join sound artist Norman Long, installation artist Jaclyn Jacunski, and momevent artist Rose Hernandez for the third of of 6 THAWALLS In-Session installments.

A remix of the traditional lecture or panel, In–Session is a critical interdisciplinary salon that incorporates reading, conversation, and performance. The salons are focused on a selection from a shared reading list which is compiled based on a theme. Artists, curators and community members curate the In–Session, selecting the reading and the performers. After the conversation on the selection, it is activated by performance—music, song, poetry, dance or movement.






Rose Hernandez
Rosè is a Chicago-based artist and healer performing through practices of butoh, theater, sound, ritual, and reiki. Using their body Rosè searches for the healing of themselves, their community. Rosè performs as a necessary act of release, chiseling themselves out of the oppressive structures they were developed in. Their performance worlds worlds, one that is perfectly fit for the others.

Rosè attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2008). They were awarded with residencies at Links Hall, ACRE, and were a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories.

Photo credit goes to Charo Oquet
Jaclyn Jacunski
Jaclyn's books, newspapers, prints and sculptures are inspired by political controversies that surround land, communities, and small acts of resistance. The work frames evidence of those acts, lifting them out of context in order to re-think them. She is interested in how these acts manifest in public spaces and neighborhood landscapes as an expression of resisting powerful cultural systems such as gentrification, environmental threats, and state violence. Jaclyn collects found objects, news images, and architectural elements then rearranges them. She explores controversies in Chicago neighborhoods and beyond while considering the impact of an individual's voice within a given community. Her art employs diverse practices but is defined by printmaking's populist ethic in the distribution of art with posters and zines. She uses the land as a character imbued with physiological expressions that reflect the social, political, and financial networks that either bind us together or create divisions between us.
Norman Long
Norman is a local sound artist/designer/composer born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. He has exhibited and performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, NY, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. His work revolves around the themes of memory, space, silence and the invisible. His goal as an artist/designer is to create spaces reflecting history, culture and diversity of community and ecology. He now lives in Chicago and continues to compose, design & perform. He has performed at Kavi Gupta Gallery, HungryMan Gallery, the OPP shop, Brown Rice and the Chicago Underground Library. He has composed a sound installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory as part of the Experimental Sound Studio’s Florasonic Series. He is also a member of the World Listening Project and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Venue Information:
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60611
http://navypier.com






http://linkshall.ticketfly.com/event/1457916-in-session-three-jaclyn-chicago/

Thursday, March 30, 2017

FRIDAY MARCH 31 | 9:00 PM - Performance

FRIDAY MARCH 31 | 9:00 PM

Elastro: Radio Trio, Stephan Moore/Ed Osborn, Norman W. Long
$10


vanvlissingen (afterburn) - lo res excerpt from normanwlong on Vimeo.


The video has imagery directly from the camera as well as spectral analyses (from a simple hand-made device one can attach to a smart phone) of the air quality of the prairie. The video obscures the landscape via the camera focusing on the newly scorched earth and filtered through a spectroscope that analyzes the air quality of the environment. The video features audio recordings mixed with analog synthesizers weaving in and out of the post industrial noise coming from the adjacent rail yard, local residences and the local ecology of birds and singing insects.

This project focuses on diversity, restoration, and resilience. The installation challenges notions of landscape by bypassing the pictorial and the beautiful, defining landscape by what it does, how it sounds and exposes how landscape is a complex matrix of networks. By challenging the traditional way of documenting and defining landscape we begin to listen to how soundscapes define our communities and who we are.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Soundwalk/Live Performance, Compound Yellow, January 28, 2017



Soundwalk/Performance

Saturday

January 28, 2017

12 noon

Compound Yellow

244 Lake St.,

Oak Park, IL, 60302


I'm very happy new announce that I will be working with Compound Yellow (Formerly Southside Hub of Production) on a soundwalk and live electronics performance.  

Soundwalk

What is a soundwalk? It 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. I believe that 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. We start by listening in our own silence. Being mindful of our own consciousness. Then we focus on how we sound as we move throughout the site. We then expand our listening to what is near to us, what just passed us and then what is ahead.

At the end of the walk we should be able to answer the following questions:

How do these sounds define where you are on the site? What sounds are constant?

What sounds change the site? What moves through it? What are the durations?

What do you expect to hear? What did you remember hearing? What sounds do you like?

What sounds don’t you like?

Performance

Live mix of synth sounds and field recordings from former sHop sites in Hyde Park.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Now Available on Bandcamp