Friday, April 1, 2022

News and Events: April 1, 2022


Norman W. Long

News and Events

Date and time

Sat, Apr 2, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT


Elastic Arts

3429 West Diversey Avenue 


Chicago, IL 60647

FFFT returns for its 6th iteration of sound and movement collaborations!



MIchele Blu

Tom Borax

Hunter Diamond

Carol Genetti

Bill Harris

Mabel Kwan

Joey Meland

Allen Moore

Luc Mosley

Olula Negre

Janice Misurell-Mitchell

Ivan Pyzow

Bashi Rose

Scott Rubin

Norman Long

Wilson Tanner Smith

Marvin Tate

Adam Zanolini

Ben Zucker



Irene Hsiao

Helen Lee

Orlando Johnson

Keisha Janae

Lydia Jekot

Gaby Martinez

Harlan Rosen

Cristal Sabbagh

Beatrice Schleyer

Aurora Tabar

Sara Zalek

This will be live at Elastic Arts but also live streaming for anyone who can’t make it.

Freedom From and Freedom To is an exploration and celebration of artistic circumstance. Movement and sound improvisors from all around Chicago gather in front of a live audience, where they are grouped by chance. Each group performs an improvised set. We fuse diverse artistic backgrounds and practices to create unique and fleeting worlds.

Our events are improvisational performance environments which interrogate movement and sound. We use an ensemble of movers and sound-makers that are remarkably diverse in their crafts and backgrounds. Freedom From and Freedom To integrates relationality by engaging audience participation. The audience is invited to randomly draw a combination of artists who will perform together. Some of the participants have never engaged with each other before, which creates a challenging and often rewarding opportunity for world-making.

CCAM Sound Art Series: Norman Long

by Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media

Date and time

Fri, April 8, 2022

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT


Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)

149 York Street 

New Haven, CT 06510


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Earthly Observatory

August 31–December 3

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington

Earthly Observatory explores how we sense, portray, and engage our deep planetary entanglements. Through crafted visions, close listening, and histories of conquest and protest, the exhibition examines the contested relations of ecology to economy, aesthetics to ethics that dominate our experience at one moment, and evades awareness in the next. Drawn from diverse practices across art, design, and the natural sciences, the works invite us to question the ways that we - as one among many earthlings - create our understanding of a manifold world.

Featuring: Allora & Calzadilla+Ted Chiang, Jonas N.T. Becker, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Kelly Church, Xavier Cortada, Rena Detrixhe, Paul Dickinson, Mark Dion, Jeannette Ehlers, Terry Evans, Assaf Evron, The Field Museum Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies, Terike Haapoja, Paul Harfleet, Isao Hashimoto, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Amanda Hess & Shane O’Neill, Katie Kingery-Page, Tim Lamey, SAIC's ARC Land Acknowledgment Subcommittee, Meredith Leich, Norman W. Long, Peggy Macnamara, Nandipha Mntambo, Cherish Parrish, Claire Pentecost, Ken Rinaldo, Zoé Strecker, Cole Swanson, Anaïs Tondeur, Walter Tschinkel, Erin Wiersma

Earthly Observatory is curated by SAIC faculty members Andrew S. Yang and Giovanni Aloi with Department of Exhibitions Director Hannah Barco and Graduate Curatorial Assistants Sophie Buchmueller (Dual MA 2022), and Sydney Gush (MFA 2022), Parinda Mai (MFA 2022). Exhibitions at the SAIC Galleries are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Making Kin

Making Kin is an online art exhibition exploring the visual dimensions of kinship in a more-than-human world. With work from 24 artists from around the world, Making Kin is in conversation with the themes—Planet, Place, Partners, Persons, Practice—that are central to the Center for Humans and Nature’s five-volume book series, Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations. The participating artists illuminate the deep connections between humans and nature while inviting us to consider how kinship practices and ethics can expand our sense of identity, as well as deepen our care and respect for other-than-human kin.

Making Kin is part of the Center for Humans and Nature’s Kinship Project, which includes a five-volume book series, podcast, and ongoing events.




To be released on CD, cassette, and digitally on 09/10/21. Clear black tape with white imprints. CD packaged in a mini-LP jacket. Artwork by HausMo Max.

On BLACK BROWN GRAY GREEN, Norman W. Long presents dense collages that highlight the pure textural qualities of the environmental sound he captures: insects and birds chirping, the distant hum of machinery, the resonance of the open space around him, the muted burble of a hydrophone submerged in water. Long manipulates and processes his field recordings with a semi-modular analog synth and effects units, transforming familiar sounds into abstracted dollops of pointillist synthesis, abrasive volleys of noise, and stochastic grooves made up of elliptical percussive bursts. While some of his sessions flow through diverse narratives marked by regular introductions of contrasting tones, rhythmic figures, and mix-consuming washes of texture, other pieces draw their power from presenting the natural environment without any obvious human manipulation, beyond the subtle murmur of his electronic processing somewhere in the background. The balance between Long’s active recontextualization of his field recordings and his decisions to let them breathe in their unmodulated forms casts BLACK BROWN GRAY GREEN as a meditation on the relationship between humanity and the forces of nature present in post-industrial urban environments within Chicago’s Black and Brown communities.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

8:30 PM  11:10 PM

Tatsuya Nakatani plays solo & in duo w/ Cristal Sabbagh, Molly Jones, & Norman Long

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.

Big Marsh Park

Inside Out & About PODCAST

Hosted by Friends’ Executive Director Margaret Frisbie, this episode includes interviews with Stephen Bell, park supervisor for Big Marsh Park, who discusses the history and restoration efforts at Big Marsh as well as upcoming plans. Chicago sound artist, designer and composer Norman Long, also discusses sound art production using field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique within the larger context of landscape.



18 Sep, 2021


Sat6:00 - 7:00pm

Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL


About this event

Sound artist, Norman W. Long, shares portions of newly collected soundscapes mixed with live electronics. This performance introduces field recordings taken on his walks through Big Marsh Park on the southeast side of Chicago in and Marian R. Byrnes Park, one of the largest natural areas in Chicago. Through expressive space and textures of noise, experience the artist's blending of nature and community’s ambient sounds. Attendees are invited to fully immerse themselves in the sounds as they consider the surroundings of these parks as places for gathering, listening, and reflection.

Event will take place in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd floor, at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Please note that face masks are required in the Chicago Cultural Center.

This program is supported by Xfinity.




19 Sep, 2021


Sun2:00 - 3:00pm

Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago

301 E Garfield Boulevard Chicago, IL 60637


A guided exploration using listening skills. We will listen to how Washington Park/Neighborhood sounds, as we are moving through it.We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes Washington park and the community what it is. The walk is held in silence but we can interact with our environment non-verbally.

Meet in front of the Arts + Public Life Gallery for the tour.

Saturday, July 17, 2021


Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you well. Thank you all for your support. Sunday July 18 is World Listening Day. A day dedicated to connecting and understanding our environment through listening. Sara Zalek and I will lead a soundwalk at Marian R. Byrnes Park in honor of World Listening Day. Please tune in to World Listening Day - a 24 hour broadcast produced by The World Listening Project in association with WGXC Wave Farm, NAISA Radio and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Tune in here:


WGXC Wave Farm

World Listening Project


JULY 18, 4PM-6PM


2200 E 103 ST


Resurgence: Slag, Moss, Soil, Air

In collaboration, Norman W. Long and Sara Zalek will lead a guided soundwalk following the recovery of the soundscape of Marian R. Byrnes Park. We begin with Sonic Self-Care by listening, breathing, and gentle movement exercise. Listening Stations along the walk will focus our attention to sounds via hydrophones, contact microphones, and culminate with a live performance.


In 2020 we were forced to pause by an invisible virus. This brought countless consequences to the environment, and to the sonic environment in particular. New acoustic horizons emerged, signaling times of unquietness and global change, and requiring our listening awareness to evolve.

The theme for 2021 “The Unquiet Earth” is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that we share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra- and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages us to question our attitudes as listeners as we aim to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world. Join the unquiet revolution!

Please tune in to World Listening Day - a 24 hour broadcast produced by The World Listening Project in association with WGXC Wave Farm, NAISA Radio and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Tune in here:



WGXC Wave Farm

World Listening Project
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Friday, April 23, 2021

HausMo Fun One: April Edition

A streaming party extravaganza going down on 8PM central / 9PM east

1) Fire-Toolz (DJ/Plunderphonics set) - 8:05-8:25

2) Pepper Mill Rondo - 8:30-8:45

3) Khaki Blazer - 8:50-9:15 

4) Norman Long - 9:20 - 9:45

5) Foodman - 9:50 - 10:15

6) Haley Fohr - 10:20

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Black Space in Winter


Black Space in Winter

Recorded as part of the We Series curated by Lia Kohn and Dierdre Hackabay. Bowls, Cymbals and electronics by Norman W. Long. Camera by Sara Zalek. Recorded at Marian R. Byrnes Park January 2021.  

Friday, March 19, 2021

Forsythia - March

wind, contact mics, forsythia, March 2021

Winter Grass

Wind, Grass, Contact mics, Late Winter 2021



Marian R. Byrnes Park, previously known as Park No. 562 or Van Vlissingen Prairie, is located in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood. At approximately 135 acres, it is one of the largest natural areas in Chicago. The site includes marsh, wet prairie, prairie, savanna, and woodland and is a great place to observe wildlife including frogs, snakes, birds, and deer. The video provides a brief history of the park from Norman W. Long’s personal perspective as an artist and local resident of Jeffery Manor. Then Long and Zalek guide us in relaxation and sensation exercises to the sounds and sights provided by this diverse ecology.

Norman W. Long - 11/5/20 at Elastic Arts

Kyle Gregory Price, Erica Miller, Norman Long - 11/5/20 at Elastic Arts

Sara Zalek, Norman Long, Xris Espinoza @ Elastic Arts - 10/4/20


Xris Espinoza - Tenor Saxophone, Drums, Percussion
Norman Long - Electronics, Percussion
Sara Zalek - Electronics, Metal,  Movement

News and Events: April 1, 2022

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