This performance explores field recordings of electrical generation and transmission.
Source 1: Navajo Generation Station, Page Arizona. At 2.25 gigawatts, the largest coal-fired generating plant west of the Mississippi. It delivered power to Arizona, Nevada and California. It closed in November 2019.
Source 2: Potrero Point, San Francisco. AKA Warm Water Cove, Toxic Beach. Electricity generated in Antioch enters the city here via an underwater cable.
Listen Toward the Ground is a site-specific composed soundscape work, intended for listening to while walking a defined route. Using headphones and a voice-guided tour format, it superimposes a recorded and composed soundscape of oil- and gas-field infrastructure onto the soundscape of downtown Albuquerque New Mexico. Drifting fragments of voices knit the personal side of oilfield life into the industrial.
The usually unseen and unheard landscape of energy extraction is brought into parallel with the daily world in which we live our lives.
At ISEA2012, visitors could check out a sound player and headphones and take the self-guided walk.
The sound in this video consists of the program audio, overlaid with audio recorded during the video shoot of the walk.
Concept, sound design and composition, recording and mix by Jeremiah Moore. The recording contains musical improvisation by Friends of the Tank: Max Bernstein, Mark McCoin, Jeremiah Moore, Bruce Odland. The Tank is a developing sonic arts space in western Colorado, learn more at tanksounds.org.
A sonic exploration of the overtone series of San Francisco’s mechanical street sweepers, this piece was performed live on Simon Lee’s Bus Obscura as it drove through the suburban town of Dublin, California.
It is part of a thread of work uncovering beauty in the everyday.
Our first child was born april 20, 2003. I set out to imagine ways in which the baby hears inside the womb, and make a tapestry out of those imaginings using everyday living sounds as material… Dreaming an image of these familiar sounds as lullaby. His heartbeat is a keynote, recorded by patching into an ultrasonic fetal heart monitor, threaded into driving over expansion joints on the 101 freeway.