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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.

Special Performances by:

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
https://soundcloud.com/normanlong/sets/skyart-sound-class



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 soundcloud.com
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

Angel Bat Dawid and the Brotherhood of Spinn April 29, 2018

Angel Bat Dawid - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Vocals
Adam Zanolini - Bass, flute, saxophone, percussion
Norman W. Long - electronics

Recovering Landscape

Soundwalk with Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek at  Big Marsh Park Chicago, IL

We began with introductions and a brief talk about the park and soundwalks, what they are and how to do them. Then we went through a few mediation and listening exercises to prepare us for the walk.



As we walk out route through the park, we were mindful of our movements, the changes in terrain, plant life and function of the park. For Sara and I we wanted to be mindful of how the park changed since our last walk and our last rehearsal/walk-through. We noticed more paths and more gravel paths making the walking paths less muddy, more native plants where there weren't since our last walk. As we walked Sara began her performance as a creature that combined the waste from the park with the form of a prehistoric life-form.




 We stopped along the way to improvise and set an alternate soundtrack to our walk. I used a battery powered "benjolin" style synthesizer improvising with the soundscape a Sara Zal…