Wall of Song

A massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Wall of Song is a collaborative singing video work that invites people from all different backgrounds, beliefs, political affiliations, orientations and countries of origins—no matter their ability to carry a tune—to record themselves singing along to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. In this time of great unknowing, uncertainty and division, this is a wall that brings us together.

We invite you to raise your voice with us by following the simple steps below or by using our new Wall of Song app available for iphone here and Android here. We are combining this collected footage together into an expanding choir in a series video works. This ongoing project was originally launched in Washington, D.C. and at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art on Inauguration Day, 2017. 

Please consider supporting our latest Grace Cathedral event and future installations of this project. For a donation of any amount, we will send you a thank you and list your name as a supporter in the video work. For any donation over $100 or more, you will receive a signed print. Thank you! — Artists and Organizers Mel Day & Michael Namkung

If you would prefer to donate by cheque, please make cheques payable to Mel Day or Michael Namkung.
For mailing address, please email melissa AT mmd DOT ca
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Screening Schedule

Wall of Song

A massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Wall of Song is a collaborative singing video work that invites people from all different backgrounds, beliefs, political affiliations, orientations and countries of origins—no matter their ability to carry a tune—to record themselves singing along to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. In this time of great unknowing, uncertainty and division, this is a wall that brings us together.

We invite you to raise your voice with us by following the simple steps below. We are combining this collected footage together into an expanding choir in a series video works. This ongoing project was originally launched in Washington, D.C. and at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art on Inauguration Day, 2017.

Please consider supporting our upcoming event at Grace Cathedral. Our costs for mounting this large-scale event are higher than initially anticipated—mainly due to the high resolution projector and insurance we require. For a donation of any amount, we will send you a thank you and list your name as a supporter in the video work. For a donation of $50 or more, you will receive a small signed print. For any donation of $250 or more, you will receive a larger signed print. Thank you! — Artists and Organizers Mel Day & Michael Namkung

Screening Schedule

An online screening (freely downloadable) will be shown on this website and on vimeo. Please Share!
Physical Screenings are being scheduled and will appear here as they become confirmed.
Pop-up outdoor screenings, Women’s March, Washington, D.C., TBA

July 25th, 7:30-9pm
Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA
Live Singing together around 7:45. Video Installation will play until 9pm.
This event is free but donations are welcome!
Click here for further details

July 25th, 7:30-9pm
Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA
Live Singing together around 7:45. Video Installation will play until 9pm.
Click here for further details

April 8th
Hammer Theater
San Jose Paseo Prototyping Festival, CA (Participatory screening)

March 5th – 19th
100 Days Action Residency
Southern Exposure Art Gallery
San Francisco, CA
(Wall of Song ephemera and Participatory Booth Events)

February
CTRL Art Festival
Projects Contemporary Art Space
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

(Indoor installation curated by Fat Village Projects)
 

 

January 20th, 11am, 7-10pm
Launch at Potomac Station
Rooftop / Building Projection
Pennsylvania Ave. & Potomac Ave.
Washington, D.C

 

 


Instructions

Use headphones and a lower volume to avoid recording sound from the sing-along video on the right. If possible, please try and stay relatively centered and record in front of a light colored background.

1. Put on EARPHONES with a mic.
2.  On the left of your screen you should see a Flash player settings box.  Click the “ALLOW” button and then click “CLOSE TAB.” (This will activate your web camera and mic for your singing session only.) You should see the camera activated now.
3. Click the “RECORD” button. (You are now recording.)
4. Press PLAY on the video with lyrics on the right and sing!
5. When finished, click the STOP button. You are done!
6. You’re welcome to try again! Your video recordings submit to us automatically.
We use your most recent video or the version that has recorded you singing the full length of the song.
7. Sign up below and we will let you know where you can hear the next Wall of Song collaborative performance!

Thank you for participating! — Mel Day and Michael Namkung

Instructions

Use headphones and a lower volume to avoid recording sound from the sing-along video on the right (or bottom).
If possible, please try and stay relatively centered and record in front of a light colored background.

Note some mobile phones may not allow you to play the video and record at the same time.

1. Click the red “RECORD VIDEO” button.
2. Click the “Allow” button to activate your webcamera.
3. Click the “RECORD” button. (You are now recording.)
4. Click PLAY on the video on the right, and sing along!
5. When finished, click the STOP and then the SUBMIT button.

Thank you for participating! — Mel Day and Michael Namkung

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Project Updates

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About

Wall of Song launched on January 20th, 2017 in Washington D.C. and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art on Inauguration Day—as an alternative to watching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing at the swear-in ceremony. We invite you to raise your voice in a different kind of choir and a different kind of wall—a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah online.

there’s a blaze of light in every word
it doesn’t matter which you heard
the holy or the broken Hallelujah

We are concerned about the future. Our values align us against walls which seek to divide us. We wish to mark this moment with something both permeable and powerful—a WALL OF SONG. This wall shuts out not a single voice, but rather invites all voices to be heard, while no individual voice is privileged. What does that sound like?

This project asks questions: Can we create a public space that can hold both our hopes and our fears? Our praises and our lamentations? The holy and the broken? In this deeply divided political climate, and in the presence of real and direct threats to our most vulnerable citizens, what is the role of ambiguity and uncertainty? How do we negotiate the uncertain and unknown together?

Wall of Song invites people of all political stripes, beliefs, orientations, countries of origin, and voices (no matter their ability to carry a tune)—all who want to stand up for the vulnerable among and within us— to lift up their voices together in a holy or a broken hallelujah.

We are seeking to build as large of a Wall of Song as possible. The project is open indefinitely—as long as building a different kind of wall feels appropriate. Sing now by following the simple steps above. Please help us to reach our goal of at least 1000 voices. Please share widely. We need your voice. We need all kinds of voices. Don’t worry if you can’t sing. Don’t worry how you look. Nobody’s voice or face will stand out. Your voice will be lifted by hundreds of other voices, and your face will be layered among hundreds of other faces. Lift your voice for human rights, social justice, civil liberties and for the vulnerable among and within us. Please sing now.

We will share subsequent versions online and in venues that support inclusivity. If you are interested in a live performance video installation or would like to screen our massed singing performance on your website/platform/venue, please contact us at admin (at) wallofsongproject (dot) com. 

Please enter your contact information so that we can share occasional updates about performance screenings venues and dates. The act of singing alone together may help to remind us of the paradox and complexity of being human in this digital age. In Cohen’s words, “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Thank you again for participating in the Wall of Song!

Artists and organizers, 

Mel Day & Michael Namkung


Project Updates

For occasional updates and notifications please provide your name and email below.

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About

Wall of Song launched on January 20th, 2017—Inauguration Day—as an alternative to watching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing at the swear-in ceremony. We invite you to raise your voice in a different kind of choir and a different kind of wall—a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah online.

there’s a blaze of light in every word
it doesn’t matter which you heard
the holy or the broken Hallelujah

We are concerned about the future. Our values align us against walls which seek to divide us. We wish to mark this moment with something both permeable and powerful—a WALL OF SONG. This wall shuts out not a single voice, but rather invites all voices to be heard, while no individual voice is privileged. What does that sound like?

This project asks questions: Can we create a public space that can hold both our hopes and our fears? Our praises and our lamentations? The holy and the broken? In this deeply divided political climate, and in the presence of real and direct threats to our most vulnerable citizens, what is the role of ambiguity and uncertainty? How do we negotiate the uncertain and unknown together?

Wall of Song invites people of all political stripes, beliefs, orientations, countries of origin, and voices (no matter their ability to carry a tune)—all who want to stand up for the vulnerable among and within us— to lift up their voices together in a holy or a broken hallelujah.

We are seeking to build as large of a Wall of Song as possible. The project is open indefinitely—as long as building a different kind of wall feels appropriate. Sing now by following the simple steps above. Please help us to reach our goal of at least 1000 voices. Please share widely. We need your voice. We need all kinds of voices. Don’t worry if you can’t sing. Don’t worry how you look. Nobody’s voice or face will stand out. Your voice will be lifted by hundreds of other voices, and your face will be layered among hundreds of other faces. Lift your voice for human rights, social justice, civil liberties and for the vulnerable among and within us. Please sing now.

We will share subsequent versions online and in venues that support inclusivity. If you are interested in a live performance video installation or would like to screen our massed singing performance on your website/platform/venue, please contact us at admin (at) wallofsongproject (dot) com. 

Please enter your contact information so that we can share occasional updates about performance screenings venues and dates. The act of singing alone together may help to remind us of the paradox and complexity of being human in this digital age. In Cohen’s words, “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Thank you again for participating in the Wall of Song!

—Organizers Mel Day and Michael Namkung
admin (at) wallofsongproject (dot) com

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Credits

Wall of Song has been made possible with the generous support of: A Dean’s Grant and Departmental Grant and Paseo Public Prototyping Festival Grant from San Jose State University. We are also grateful to the following organizations and people for their support of our project: Grace Cathedral, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (project launch), 100 Days Action & Southern Exposure Art GalleryHeadlands Center for the Arts, Rowena Day and Jon Hoddenbagh (DC launch), Giles Day (tech support) and Lee Friedman (design), Vidya Rangasayee (app development), Frank Ham (installation), Rebecca Liu (PR), Aishwarya Vardhana (social media), Robin Bell & Linn Meyers (DC launch), Ebbe Roe (videographer/photographer), The Very Rev. Malcolm C. Young, Rebecca Nestle, Cathy Kimball, Matthew Dutton-Gillet, Shelly Francis with Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal, Eric Zimmer with The One You Feed, Gary Craig Hobbs, Leah Brown and Peter Symons, Chana Budgazad, Christy Gast, Holly Blake, Squeak Carnwath, Piero Scaruffi, Heidi Q, and our generous collaborator-participants.

We couldn’t have done this without you.

Credits

Wall of Song has been made possible with the generous support of:  A Dean’s Grant and Departmental Grant and  Paseo Public Prototyping Festival Grant from San Jose State University. We are also grateful to the following organizations and people for their support of our project:  Grace Cathedral, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (project launch), 100 Days Action Southern Exposure Art Gallery Headlands Center for the Arts, Rowena Day and Jon Hoddenbagh (DC launch),  Giles Day (tech support) and  Lee Friedman (design), Vidya Rangasayee (app development), Frank Ham (installation), Rebecca Liu (PR), Aishwarya Vardhana (social media), Robin Bell & Linn Meyers (DC launch), Ebbe Roe (videographer/photographer), The Very Rev. Malcolm C. Young, Rebecca Nestle, Cathy Kimball, Matthew Dutton-Gillet, Shelly Francis with Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal, Eric Zimmer with The One You Feed, Gary Craig Hobbs, Leah Brown and Peter Symons, Chana Budgazad, Christy Gast, Holly Blake, Squeak Carnwath, Piero Scaruffi, Heidi Q, and our generous collaborator-participants.
We couldn’t have done this without you.