3D animation where the sound from a hermit crab colony triggers the modelled object (an abstraction of a crabs claw) making it react in a variety of ways
About the work: The second section a seascape triptych, hermetica attempts to capture the sonic vitality accompanying the life of a colony of hermit crabs. After encountering a surreptitious colony of hermit crabs on an island off the coast of Venezuela, I was astounded to discover the wonderful world of sound contained within.
As I stood and looked at the colony, I wondered what the small crabs sounded like. I was barely 5 feet away, yet could hear nothing of the activity within the colony. Fascinated by the idea of the arcane and hermetic textures they might create as they jostled and wrestled over one another in a somewhat confined space, I lowered a microphone into the colony in an attempt to eavesdrop, hoping to capture some semblance of their activities.
Much to my surprise, the intensified mass of beautifully articulated sound I heard produced a distinct impression of motion and dexterity as the crabs
grappled and vied within the colony. As I listened, what struck me most was the disparity occurring between that which I saw, and that which I heard. To
see the crabs as they moved so slowly and awkwardly over one another produced a striking contrast to the sheer density and intensified activity portrayed
by the sounds this action appeared to make.
This section was very carefully processed to reveal this heightened aural activity, whilst nudging and transforming some of the sounds, the overall shape of the work was designed to create a portrait of the colony, allowing the listener to observe another aspect of sound ecology from a seascape environment.