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Chris Watson: Oceanus pacificus

1 Aug 2008 – 6 Aug 2008

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Oceanus pacificus brings the sounds of the largest ocean, encompassing almost a third of our planet, into one of the UK's smallest galleries. This unique four channel sound installation is created from nighttime underwater recordings of the Pacific Ocean. Recorded at the depth of three metres, reflecting the exact physical dimensions of the gallery space, the installation presents underwater voices, rhythms and movements rarely heard by the human ear. The ebb and flow of the Humboldt Current creates a seductive and harmonic rhythm as cold water wells up from the depths, drawing up the sounds of life. The recordings were made on location around the Galapagos Islands 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, using a pair of Dolphin Ear Pro Hydrophones onto a NAGRA ARES-PII digital audio recorder. The four hydrophones were fixed on a square wooden rig and suspended three metres below the surface at night to capture the voices and rhythms of this hostile environment.

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