sonic blue (2013)

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“Sometimes I wish fish or marine mammals could scream. So loud that it can also be heard on land. So that maybe people would care more about the sensitive marine environment and its many inhabitants.” (Heike Vester)

For seven sound sources, six speakers and local wireless radio station with an unlimited number of headphones.


The speakers on the bridge speakers help the animals make their voices audible out of water. On the other hand the headphones help the humans to dive into the underwater world sounds. Hear real and imaginary animal sounds, as well as real and imaginary underwater sounds.

It is a double examination of deep realms when Ang├ęlica Castell├│ takes the audience on a journey to her imaginary underwater world ÔÇťsonic blue.ÔÇŁ The sea has always held a great fascination for the composer and musician. And to her it symbolises the subconscious. The acoustic basis of ÔÇťsonic blueÔÇŁ consists of field recordings, recordings of natural and environmental noises that Castell├│ gathered together with the biologist Heike Vester in the Norwegian Lofoten in summer, where Vester heads Ocean Sounds, an organisation founded by her which is dedicated to researching marine mammals and protecting the marine environment. Exploring the omnipresence of music and art in everyday life also implies examining the relationship between culture and nature. (Susanna Niedermayr)

“There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.” (Herman Melville)

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”(Jacques Yves Cousteau)

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

ÔÇ×My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.ÔÇť (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

commissioned by musikprotokoll in the frame of ECAS ÔÇô Networking TomorrowÔÇśs Art for An Unknown Future, working period 3 ÔÇ×Ubiquitous Art and Music. Art, Sound and the Everyday.ÔÇť sonic_blue_installation ┬ęgross6 sonic_blue_installation ┬ęgross5 sonic_blue_installation ┬ęgross3 sonic_blue_installation ┬ęgross2

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