Join AS220 Artist-in-Resident Norman Long with exercises in deep listening, a soundwalk, and soundscape composition. By the end of the workshop we will be able to listen more attentively to our environment and define elements that make up the neighborhood, allowing us to embark on our own soundwalks, produce our own soundscapes for personal projects and to contribute to a digital Providence soundmap.
What is a sound walk?
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.
About the Instructor Norman W. Long (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is an artist/composer. artist. My practice involves walking, collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments and situations in which he and the audience are engaged in dialogues about memory space, value, silence and the invisible. He began to focus his art practice on sound art and installation and earned a Master’s Degree while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. While in the San Francisco Bay Area Norman exhibited at Walter and McBean Galleries, The San Francisco Exploratorium and 21 Grand. He has performed in the SF Bay Area at Luggage Store Gallery, Southern Exposure, Intersection for the Arts and 21 Grand. Norman relocated to Ithaca, NY to study landscape architecture at Cornell University in 2005. He earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture degree in 2008. In Ithaca, he exhibited sound installations and composed at Cornell University’s Electro-acoustic Music Center. In 2008 Norman relocated to Chicago where he has performed and exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center (1998), Experimental Sound Studio, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Hungryman Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery, Links Hall, Elastic, and the Arts Club for the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival. Norman has received 3Arts Award for Sound Art in 2012, Djerassi Artists Residency Fellowship in 2014, BOLT Artist in Residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014-2015 and at AS220 (Providence, RI) 2017 Artist in Residence program
"I hear the soundscape as a language with which places and societies express themselves. In the face of rampant noise pollution, I want to be understanding and caring of this "language" and how it is "spoken." I compose with any sound that the environment offers to the microphone, just as a writer works with all the words that a language provides." -Hildegard Westerkamp
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