Biophilia, interspecies soundscape, 12’11, 2015
In collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall, and birds and insects in the Fillongley forest, Denman Island, BC, Canada.
Created with the artists’ field recordings of bird and insect communications in Fillongley Park, and the Andreyev’s theremin accompaniment, Biophilia proposes a more-than-human relational soundscape. The contributions from raven, crow, robin, flicker, cricket were treated here as communications—calls presenting opportunities for responding. Granular synthesis techniques, such as durational treatments, were applied to each call to generate changes in texture and rhythm over time. The resulting variations sequenced over the arc of the sonic field create opportunities for re-hearing details in each bird and insect communication. Andreyev’s theremin accompaniment presents responses to these calls, forming an acoustical ecology as patterns of relating between players in the forest.