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Jökulvatn [2018]

(Binaural Surround Remaster + Visuals)

Jökulvatn was first performed as a Quadraphonic Surround Installation at the

Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London on the 26th of June, 2016.

The visual element that accompanies the piece, has been created using footage taken by myself in Iceland and elsewhere which has been manipulated in similar ways to the audio; Each 'visual' movement reflects the physical location of the recorded audio

(1) Fracture – Ice slowly melting, (2) Fall – Torches in a cave, 3) Flow – Flowing melt water,  (4) Foam - Swelling seashore)

'Jökulvatn', meaning 'Glacial Waters' in Icelandic, is a multi-textural, sonic exploration of the differing states of water within the context of a melting Icelandic Glacier. This has been created using of a variety of field recordings that were captured by myself in various locations on the western end of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and within the volcanic/glacial landscapes of the Snæfellsjökull National Park. The recordings were captured using various techniques which include the use of both Hydrophones (in water and embedded in thawing ice) and traditional small diaphragm condenser microphones.


Each of the works four movements are comprised of an evolving series of interwoven chords and pitches, that were originally extracted from the base recordings by a process of tuning to their respective resonant frequencies via filtering/EQ and spectral analysis. These natural tones are then harmonised using a faux tape warp method, with each layer running at a different speed over top one another thus creating different tones. Each movement has a unique feel and sonic texture which is as a result of the original recordings variances in amplitude and tone.

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