Norman Long

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my work and reflections on this community through soundscape composition and gardening. I've had so many ideas about sound, landscape and gardens, to have just one idea realized feels great."

 

Philosophy

My work revolves around the themes of memory, space, silence and the invisible.

BIO

Norman W. Long (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is a sound artist/designer/composer based in Chicago, IL. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. Norman's art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create, objects, environments, situations in which the artist and audience are engaged in a dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. It is his desire that his practice offers us a space to consider our relationship to sound via social, ecological structures, our interiority and to affirm our existence.

Norman has exhibited and performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

works

Electro-Acoustic Dubcology IV

May, 2019

For this installation, I recorded a brief sound-walk of downtown Lake Forest, including the Metra station, Market Square and Open Lands Park. These recordings offer a brief description of the sonic character of Down Town Lake Forest. Through electro-acoustic process, I have made an audio version of this experience and installed it at Re-Invent in a Zen-like garden of speakers and electronics. This piece explores the relationship between sound and space, where I create a new space from familiar sounds.

Gardening at Night

October, 2013

Sound Installation -8 x 4; speaker cabinets, raw speakers, toys, cassette tapes, cassette tape player, CD player, record jackets, corrugated cardboard, amplifier, mixer. Sound Installation -8 x 4; speaker cabinets, raw speakers, toys, cassette tapes, cassette tape player, CD player, record jackets, corrugated cardboard, amplifier, mixer. Sound Installation -8 x 4; speaker cabinets, raw speakers, toys, cassette tapes, cassette tape player, CD player, record jackets, corrugated cardboard, amplifier, mixer.

#449 B

March, 2004

Sound Installation - piezo elements, speaker wire, gift boxes, cd player. Sound Installation - piezo elements, speaker wire, gift boxes, cd player. Sound Installation - piezo elements, speaker wire, gift boxes, cd player. Sound Installation - piezo elements, speaker wire, gift boxes, cd player. Sound Installation - piezo elements, speaker wire, gift boxes, cd player. Sound Installation - piezo elements, speaker wire, gift boxes, cd player.

Neighborhood Listening Garden

September, 2019

A sound and native plant installation that embodies the resilience of the people and ecology of Chicago's South East Side.

STAY INFORMED

Threewalls is always finding new ways to share our artist’s unique voices through exhibits, talks, and gatherings. We would like you to be the first to know about these opportunities.

2022 RaD Lab+Outside the Fellows Announced!Learn more here.