Surface Tension

Maggi Payne

  • Année de composition: 2010
  • Durée: 9:50
  • Instrumentation: support


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Beneath the water’s edge in the tidal wetlands, a lively sonic world far beyond human’s limited hearing range flourishes. Using hydrophones, I captured some of these sounds, including sea creatures, ripples, bubbles, and sand, shells, and pebbles carried by wave motion. I lashed the hydrophones to a long bamboo pole, capturing the howling wind resonating through the cables and pole. Some sources are revealed as they originally sounded; others are highly processed. There are other sounds, including a whistling metal rack attached to the bed of a pickup truck speeding across a San Francisco Bay Area bridge, cicadas, and a whirling Euler’s disk, which forms the final section.

Constant motion drives this work. Space is expanded, contracted, explored to its farthest boundaries, with trajectories swirling and sweeping across both the “under” waterscape and the “over” landscape.

[source: maggipayne.com]