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. Originally launched in Washington and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art on Inauguration Day, 2017, we are excited to announce that Wall of Song will be presented as a live massed singing and large-scale video installation event at Grace Cathedral on July 25th, 2017 at 7:30pm! Click here for further details.

Please support Wall of Song at Grace Cathedral with a small donation towards our installation costs. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you! —Artists and organizers Mel Day & Michael Namkung

Wall of Song

On January 20th, 2017—Inauguration Day—The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will sing at the swear-in ceremony.
Our project invites you to participate in a different kind of choir—a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah online. We need all kinds of voices! Record your singing by following the simple steps below. We will gather your
voices together into a massed singing performance to be launched online on Inauguration Day. Don’t worry if you can’t sing or how you look. Nobody’s voice or face will stand out. Your voice will be lifted by hundreds of other voices, your face will be layered among hundreds of other faces.

Let’s sing! Thank you!


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 webcamera 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

Gallery

Gallery


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

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

January 20th – 21st, 10-5pm
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Project Space
560 South First Street San Jose, CA

 

January 21st @ 7:00pm
“Directed Actions” Live Film Series
Logan Fringe Arts Space
Trinidad Theatre
1358 Florida Ave NE Washington, DC 20002

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

 

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

(Indoor installation curated by Fat Village Projects)
 

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

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

 

July 25th, 7:30-9pm
Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA
(Participatory video & sound installation)
Click here for further details

 

Project Updates

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


Project Updates

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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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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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