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Requiem was a four-channel sound installation in the Fern Room of Chicago's Lincoln Park Conservatory. It was an installment in Experimental Sound Studio's Florasonic series from Sept. 2010 to Jan. 2011.

Annie Feldmeier Adams (The Black Box) and Steven Hess (Haptic, Locrian Pan American, On, Ural Umbo) created a Requiem for those who still lie buried below the conservatory and the park. Joseph Mills from Haptic and Brendan Burke from Interbellum aided in the recording of the 21:11 minute piece. Annie Feldmeier Adams (who has made videos for Interbellum, Pan American, Cristal and Locrian) created a video for the Requiem, with visual material sourced exclusively from the Fern Room.

A high resolution video trailer for the installation is included with the digital track as well as a photo taken by Adams at the Conservatory.

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 interned 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.

Requiem memorializes those underneath the conservatory and the park. It is intended to echo traditional wording of an Anglican burial service: In the midst of life we are in death.

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released March 29, 2016

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
Recorded by Todd A. Carter at Experimental Sound Studios, Chicago
Mastered to stereo by Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs, Chicago
Curated by Lou Mallozzi for Experimental Sound Studio’s Florasonic series, in partnership with the The Chicago Park District.

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