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Florasonic is a sound installation series presented by ESS,
in collaboration with the Chicago Park District.


August 7–September 4, 9-5pm:


Annie Feldmeier Adams Vocals?Brendan Burke Synthetic Hammond organ and piano?Steven Hess Drum, clock, contact microphone, manipulated audio tape and electronics?Joseph Clayton Mills Dulcimer, Morse Code Instructograph and electronics
In 1865 Chicago's Lincoln Park was named in honor of the late president (slain April 14, 1865). At the time, the park included an active cemetery. To expand and beautify the setting, and to quell health concerns, the city began to remove the interred bodies. In 1871 the Great Chicago Fire burned cemetery burial records along with wood and stone grave markers, leaving an unknown number of bodies forgotten under the site. In the verdant, fecund Fern Room a Requiem will sound for those who still lie buried below the conservatory and the park. Percussion-originated sounds are matched with a humming female voice, modeled on the Requiem (Mass for the Dead). The musical composition is intended to echo traditional wording of an Anglican burial service: In the midst of life we are in death.??Curated by Lou Mallozzi for Experimental Sound Studio's Florasonic series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District.
9am-5pm    Fern Room, Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N. Stockton Drive.
Admission is FREE!



Inspired by the miraculous process of photosynthesis, Pteridophyta Songs seeks to imitate the beauty inherent in plant life through various methods of sound synthesis.  During photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is converted into organic compounds using the energy from sunlight, which greatly determines a species’ aesthetic characteristics. The music you hear is composed with methods analogous to photosynthesis, and is an homage to the surrounding plant life. Much like a fern here at the Lincoln Park Conservatory creates is own sustenance from light energy, these sounds were composed using only raw electrical energy manipulated into audio waveforms.  Pteridophyta Songs consists of multiple compositions, each for a specific species of fern.  Please visit Alex's Tumblr, where you can find out more about the project and see which species fits with each composition.


Alex Inglizian is a Chicago-based musician, educator, and engineer with a background in sound design, computer programming, and electronics. After graduating from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Alex began working with non-profit arts organizations LAMPO and Experimental Sound Studio where he collaborates with local and international musicians and artists. Alex performs with various groups around the city that focus on sonic experimentation.


Curated by Lou Mallozzi for Experimental Sound Studio's Florasonic series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District.


Fern Room, Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N. Stockton Drive.

July 31 - September 4, 2011

Exhibition hours: daily 9:00AM-5:00PM


Opening reception: Sunday, August 7, 3:00PM-5:00PM


Free admission



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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