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Sonic Fiction (Dark Water)

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An exercise in absurdity: using a home-made hydrophone to listen under the waves for a sea monster that may or may not have swam into Gloucester harbor almost 200 years ago. Also, perhaps, a meditation on change, loss, and the relentless passage of time. The landscape has shifted several times over since the so-called “Sea Serpent” was last seen here. In Gloucester, MA, I made a number of field recordings that capture a working seaport still in the throes of change as tourism muscles in alongside industrial fishing. A fish packing plant is torn down to make way for a waterfront resort. The sea is emptied of cod, refills itself, and is emptied again. Endlessly the waves pound the shore into sand.

These sound recordings are part of my MFA thesis project in progress, Dark Water. They may become part of an audio tour to accompany a series of photos I made Gloucester over the summer.

Unedited samples from these recordings can be heard here:

 


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