Lecture performance: ‘Sounds Too Many’ by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza

C, Middle Passage, chapter 3, Fish Story, Callan Sekula (1994) Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Collection

In the framework of TBA21-Academy, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza is giving her lecture-performance Sounds Too Many. The performance puts the ocean at centre stage at a time when sound pollution is exploding by using sophisticated audio engineering and visualizations to put things into perspective. The premiere will be on May 6 2019, on Ocean Week at Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway.

This primarily acoustic presentation will create an immersive experience that brings into question the unlimited and unregulated sonic pollution; the one the Anthropocene era has imposed on our oceans and the disruption that this causes to all natural phenomena. It is a call for quitter ocean.

In collaboration with the Acoustic Ecology Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the award-winning NRDC documentary Sonic Sea, TBA21–Academy expeditions, the sound artist Jana Winderen, and other contributors, never-before-heard sounds have been spatialized by sound engineers from Ears Up Sound Design Studio in Burbank, California, in partnership with Meyer Sound Laboratories, to create Sounds Too Many, an immersive soundscape that will transport listeners to a world that is terrifyingly brutal. 

Visualizations by Territorial Agency will be tightly synchronized with the soundscapes to provide visceral insights into the scale and mechanics of the ecological threat that is sound pollution in the ocean.

Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)

Website: www.tba21.org/#item–soundstoomany–1961
(Photos courtesy of TBA21-Academy)

01 May 2019