Jeff Talman | Sea of Curves

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Sea of Curves

by Jeff Talman

An avant-garde electronic work that shares much with the symphonic tradition while exploring the voices of ocean waves, "...the sound is ethereal, uncanny and apocalyptic," according to West German Broadcasting.
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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Sea of Curves evokes the ocean's powerful, sensual nature while mirroring subtle inflections and dramatic shifts in light, transparency, tone and mood as conjured by the sea. Symphonic in scope, this avant-garde seascape first presented as a sound installation in Newfoundland, Canada then in Dortmund, Germany explores the nature of ocean wave sounds and their profound impact on the human psyche.

From the CD notes –
"...into the sea of curves, the ever-changing sinuous shapes of sound and water waves advance beyond the visible into the vast curve of Earth where sky and sea form a distant, wide horizon."

Winds stir up the surface of the oceans to create waves that produce sounds globally. The sounds travel in all directions, some striking the sea floor. Those sounds continue into the Earth where they excite harmonic resonant modes or the "tuning" of the planet, causing the world to vibrate and ring like a bell. Seismologists refer to this ever-present sound as the "hum of the Earth."

Project audio, in collaboration with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ocean researchers Matt Fowler and Dr. James Traer, originates in ocean wave sounds recorded by hydrophone (water) in the Mid-Atlantic at a depth of 941 feet, by seismometer (land) at Deer Lake, Newfoundland, CA and by microphone (air) at Coney Island, New York City.

Computer analysis identified principle frequencies of these sounds. Digital filters isolated those frequencies to yield sonic essences of the waves, the only sounds used in the project composition. The super low Earth hum frequencies, scaled up to the human hearing range, are the lowest tones in the work.

Project audio is in binaural stereo format, ideal for creating a surrounding, immersive effect when used with high quality headphones or earbuds. Binaural stereo is also 100% compatible with loudspeaker stereo playback with the binaural surrounding effect still perceivable in the stereo field sweet spot.


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