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.

 

AUGUST:
Norman W. Long:
Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III
 (2009)

When entering the Fern Room of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, you'll hear Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III, a sound composition by Chicago artist and designer Norman W. Long. The sources for the composition are location recordings made in the neighborhood around the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Combining his interest in acoustic ecology, the study of the sounds of environments, and his interest in 1970s Jamaican dub music, in which recorded songs were "recycled" and remixed into new versions, Long has created a sound composition from electronic transformations of the everyday sounds of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. His work invites us to pay new and closer attention to our environment and the ways in which we constantly reshape it.

 

Exhibition hours: 
DAILY, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Fern Room, Lincoln Park Conservatory 
2391 N. Stockton Drive
FREE ADMISSION



 

APRIL

Hal Rammel:
Calls and Songs (2005)

A composition based on the delicate textures of Hal’s unique self-made wooden instruments.

 

MAY

Olivia Block:
Transgenesis (2003)

A synthesized interplay of the natural and the artificial.

 

JUNE

Douglas Ewart:
Bira (2003)

A musical homage to Shona artists and their ancestors.

 

JULY

Shawn Decker:
Chorus (2006)

A playful interaction between real and synthetic insects.

 

AUGUST

Norman W. Long:
Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III (2009)

Remixing the sounds of the local neighborhood.

 

SEPTEMBER

Steve Peters:
Index Filicum (2011)

A catalog of plants transformed for the ear.

 

OCTOBER

Michael Zerang & Mazen Kerbaj:
Fifth Pythia of Deir el Qamar (2006)

An exploration of the inner mysteries of musical instruments.

 

NOVEMBER

Annie Feldmeier-Adams w/ Steven Hess:
Requiem (2010)

A memorial to Lincoln Park’s former life as a cemetery.

 

DECEMBER

Ernst Karel:
Fern Room (2001)

Using the forms of the ferns as diagrams to transform electronic sounds.

 

 

 



About Florasonic

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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