Sonic Kayaks are musical instruments for expanding our senses and scientific instruments for gathering marine micro-climate data. Made by foAm_Kernow with the Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI), two were first launched at the British Science Festival in Swansea Bay September 6th 2016 and used by the public for 2 days.
After a still, grey launch day, here shows the second morning where incoming waves had capsized and immersed the kayaks and kit. With it no longer being safe to take out participants, we instead together walked along the beach, navigating the routes we might have taken in boats, listening to the sounds linked to the zones we passed through.
Find out more about the Sonic Kayak as a musical instrument here : kaffematthews.net/blog/2016/09/12/sonic-kayak-comp…unch-swansea-bay/
with information on the Sonic Kayak project here: fo.am/kayaks/
the kayaks launch in Swansea : fo.am/blog/2016/09/14/kayakswansea/
and on the tech involved pawfal.org/dave/blog/2016/08/sonic-kayaks-musical-instruments-for-marine-exploration/
With special thanks to David Sergeant for the use of his climate change poem, " A language of change", originally commissioned as part of The Guardian's Keep it in the Ground campaign.
and to Ash and all staff at the 360˚ WaterSports Centre, Swansea Bay as well as the enthusiasm and support of the British Science Festival.