Quay Tones is a video and sound work that maps King’s Lynn’s history as a trading port, a member of the Hanseatic League of states that worked together to promote and protect trading routes in the Baltic and the North Sea during the Middle Ages.
The history and atmosphere of the maritime and trading areas of the town are captured in images that focus on fragments and details of architecture and scenery, weathered and worn by the processes of time and the elements.
This imagery is transformed through the use of digital errors and distortions that reflect the effects of entropy and degradation, and is accompanied by an electroacoustic composition that combines site-specific environmental sound with heavily processed recordings of baroque harpsichord tones, stretched and filtered to create deep washes of immersive textural sound.
This work was originally commissioned for the exhibition Trading As… Hanse Art Project at the King's Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk, UK, 12 Jul - 8 Aug 2009.
It was also shown at SoundImageSound VII, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, Stockton, USA, 26 March 2010.