Since 2001, Experimental Sound Studio has been commissioning composers and artists to create sound pieces for the Fern Room through its unique Florasonic sound installation series. This year, we are revisiting some of the past projects with a nine-month retrospective. Each month, you can hear a different artist’s work enlivening the soundscape of the Fern Room.
Calls & Songs (2005)
What you'll hear in the Fern Room is the composition Calls & Songs by composer and musical instrument builder Hal Rammel. It was composed using sounds from the Sound Palette, an instrument designed and built by Hal in the 1990s. Its wooden timbres reflect the materiality of many of the plants in the Fern Room, and the phrases that were recorded, edited, and combined to create the composition reflect the thick, interwoven fabric of unique sounds—the constantly shifting calls, songs, and chatter of birds, insects, and animals—that populate the audio landscape of the natural world all around us.
Fern Room, Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Drive
Calls and Songs (2005)
A composition based on the delicate textures of Hal’s unique self-made wooden instruments.
A synthesized interplay of the natural and the artificial.
A musical homage to Shona artists and their ancestors.
A playful interaction between real and synthetic insects.
Norman W. Long:
Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III (2009)
Remixing the sounds of the local neighborhood.
Index Filicum (2011)
A catalog of plants transformed for the ear.
Michael Zerang & Mazen Kerbaj:
Fifth Pythia of Deir el Qamar (2006)
An exploration of the inner mysteries of musical instruments.
Annie Feldmeier-Adams w/ Steven Hess:
A memorial to Lincoln Park’s former life as a cemetery.
Fern Room (2001)
Using the forms of the ferns as diagrams to transform electronic sounds.
Florasonic is a unique program that commissions composers and artists to make new site-specific music and audio art installations for the Fern Room of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a turn-of-the-century greenhouse. Curated by ESS Executive Director Lou Mallozzi, Florasonic presents each project for three to five months, visited by an estimated 500 to 1,000 people each day.