SOUND: composition, installations, performance, releases

"In that place, the air was very different"


Arquipélago - Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Ribeira Grande, São Miguel, A&?ccedil;ores. 9 April 2017.


This multichannel sound installation premiered as part of ISSTA 2016: Temporary Autonomous Zones, in Derry, Northern Ireland. See the previous entry.

The piece creates imaginary places from field recordings I have compiled over several years. For each installation, I make new recordings from the environs as a personal response to place. As these are added to the available sound pool, the piece accumulates its own sonic "memory", changing over time and with each rendition.

Journal entry: Time Zones

Ittoqqortoormiit is in Eastern Greenland. It was founded only in 1925 and means "Big-House Dwellers" in the dialect of Eastern Greenlandic. Only 450 people live there.

The Republic of Cabo Verde (commonly but incorrectly called Cape Verde in English) is an archipelago of ten volcanic islands, 570 kilometres off the coast of West Africa. It was uninhabited until encountered by Genoese and Portuguese navigators around 1456, and subsequently became a Portuguese colony. The current population of around half a million.

The Autonomous Region of the Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands, 1643 km west of Lisbon. It was uninhabited until perhaps 1427, but now has a quarter of a million inhabitants.

These three territories are the only inhabited part of UTC minus 1, making this the loneliest time zone in the world, judged by human standards.

UTC-1 is the time zone of the Atlantic, the time of unrelenting waves, deep currents, and salt spray. The zone of the moray, the baleen whale, and the ling. The zone of towering underwater mountains and everlasting tectonic disturbance.

To keep time here is a pretense one clings to, like a castaway battered against a rock.