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She Surfs

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jorge Boehringer


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Created in response to the Sound as Ocean Memory workshop presentations, She Surfs is a new audio-visual composition utilizing publicly available data sets from a PMEL/NOAA Ocean Weather Station buoy moored in the Pacific Ocean at 50°N, 145°W. The information in the data sets obtained was used to modulate synthesis and spatialization processes designed in Pure Data (Pd). She Surfs plays on notions of stored data and memory in that while the piece depends upon a large amount of data for its internal structure, the presence of the piece (as the presence of the ocean) depends on the phenomenological experiences and memories of listeners. In other words, it turns out that while the data-memories collected by the Weather Station say a lot about the ocean, human memory and experiences are required to give this information oceanic presence. Further, the interactive approach to data taken in this work enacts a ‘re-coupling’ of elements originally related to one another in the ocean environment, but subsequently separated in the measurement and data collection process. Thus, the listener is placed in a central position in returning a sense of qualitative wholeness to an environment formed from quantitative data.

Publication metadata

Composer(s): Boehringer J

Publication type: Musical Composition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2021