[microsound-announce] New Release :: Sonic Antarctica | Andrea Polli | Gruenrekorder

Lasse-Marc Riek lasseart at gmx.de
Fri Jan 16 05:40:13 EST 2009

Sonic Antarctica | Andrea Polli

„Sonic Antarctica“ features natural and industrial field recordings, 
sonifications and audifications of science data and interviews with 
weather and climate scientists. The areas recorded include: the „Dry 
Valleys“ (77°30′S 163°00′E) on the shore of McMurdo Sound, 3,500 km due 
south of New Zealand, the driest and largest relatively ice-free area on 
the continent completely devoid of terrestrial vegetation. Another is 
the geographic South Pole (90°00′S), the center of a featureless flat 
white expance, on top of ice nearly nine miles thick.


The „Sonic Antarctica“ Project is a radio broadcast, live performance as 
well as a sound and visual installation. It features recordings of the 
Antarctic soundscape made during Andrea Polli’s seven-week National 
Science Foundation residency in Antarctica during the 2007/2008 season.

Polli recently spent seven weeks in Antarctica on a National Science 
Foundation funded project www.90degreessouth.org. The investigation of 
storms as wel as of the heat and the heartbeat of New York has been 
among her earlier projects. For this and related work, she has been 
recognized by the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003.

The Antarctic is unlike any other place on earth: geographically, 
politically and culturally. Larger than the US, it is a frontier where 
borders and nationalities take a back seat to scientific collaboration 
and cooperation, a place where the compass becomes meaningless, yet, 
navigation is a matter of life and death. It is an extreme environment 
that holds some of the most unique species. But it is also an ecosystem 
undergoing rapid change. 2007/2008 marks the fourth International Polar 
Year (IPY), the largest and most ambitious international effort to 
investigate the impact of the poles on the global environment.


10 Tracks (69min 05sec), (500 copies), Audio CD (Digipack)

© 2008 Andrea Polli - www.andreapolli.com
engineered at Harvestworks, New York City by Leslie Lavelanet
Supported (in part) by the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and
Writers Program and The PSC-CUNY Research Foundation
Artwork by Tobias Schmitt - www.acrylnimbus.de using - photos by Andrea 

Gruenrekorder | Germany | 2009 | Gruen 064 | LC 09488

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