Installation at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Sounds recorded from a hydrophone deep in the ocean canyon of Monterey Bay hang below video of humpback whales at the ocean surface. This new sound and video installation is part of a larger project exploring how we can deepen our relationship to the ocean environment through art, science and listening.
Unlike most recorded whale or dolphin sounds we may have heard, listening directly to the ocean environment is a more complex experience. The sounds emerge from the distance, blend with each other, echo off canyon walls, and are submerged in a loud ambient ocean hiss. The distinct ‘songs’ of humpback whales that repeat in long patterns, multiple overlapping echolocation clicks of perhaps dolphins, and even the lowest bass of the blue whale rumbles at the very edge of our hearing range, immersed in an ocean ambience that may include the sound of rain on the surface.
Thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Ocean Soundscape Project
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History special event Sensation: an evening of sensory science exploration
Saturday 10 Feb 2018, 7pm – 9pm