Swimming the Reef (For Patrick)

Andra McCartney

  • Year of composition: 1990-96
  • Duration: 5:43
  • ISWC: T0704812612


Beneath the waves, I heard my breathing, heartbeat, pounding surf. The beautiful fish and coral were beyond my ears. This piece transforms their spoken names — tomtate, angelfish, barracuda, fan, brain- to mimic their movements, forms, and colors. Surf recorded at Palmiste, Grenada; All Soul’s Day, 1990.