Song (After Nature)

Song (After Nature) installed at Lindisfarne Castle
Song (After Nature) installed at Lindisfarne Castle

Song (After Nature)

7.1 channel sound, object and text installation, 8 mins, 2022.

Seal calls and other natural sounds of the Holy Island landscape – recorded by legendary sound recordist Chris Watson – were transcribed into a richly layered cello composition created with cellist Gyda Valtysdottir. This immersive sound piece was installed within the Lindisfarne Castle ‘music room’ with accompanying objects, and a projected text that aimed to ‘translate’ the seal song as a playful yet grave warning of climate catastrophe. 

“The songs of seals – or are they sirens luring sailors to their deaths? – haunt this fortress in a sound installation that exploits its seashore setting.” Jonathan Jones (The Guardian). 22/2/2022 preview of the work.

Tom Service, Music Matters (BBC Radio 3). 19/2/2022 radio feature on the work.

Ian Smith (The Northumberland Gazette). 4/2/2022 article referencing the work.