Sounding Art Climate Change

Authored by: Matthew Burtner

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138780613
eBook ISBN: 9781315770567
Adobe ISBN: 9781317672777


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“Sounding Art Climate Change” discusses the ecoacoustics of climate change in my music for Auksalaq, a collaborative, multimedia performance artwork created with producer, Scott Deal. 1 Auksalaq is a work of environmental art exploring our distance relation to place. It uses telematics to link remote ensembles, and it uses ecoacoustic techniques to embody environmental systems into sonic forms across the network. The music embraces a broad temporal and spatial scale: from milliseconds and millimeters (such as fractures in the ice) to decades and millions of kilometers (such as ice extent change in the Arctic Ocean). Climate change refers to shifts of energy across a spectrum of environmental conditions including cryospheric, atmospheric, hydrospheric and biospheric. The music interweaves these systems into a sounding art.

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