Listening to the sea from at least twelve points of hearing
'Listening to the sea from at least twelve points of hearing' is a sound installation that traces the connections between place, identity, & sound.
In 2016, I made twelve field recordings, one at each of Vancouver’s beaches, using a portable cassette player & custom tape loops. Each tape loop ribbon was removed from the cassette casing & buried in the location at which it was recorded. One to three months later they were dug up & placed back into cassettes. The obvious result is the physical deterioration of the tape, & degradation of the original recordings. And yet the deterioration of one thing is a transformation into another.
'Listening to the sea...' is also an attempt at collaboration, asking & prompting a place to affect its own sounding. Burying the tape seemed to give the places at which I was recording a sense of autonomy over their own soundings. I imagined this as a collaboration of sorts – I made a recording & the physical variables of each place & location altered it.