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Between Mountains and Brooks

by Ben Globerman

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Clearing 10:00
Streams 11:15
Plateau 07:38


**Between Mountains and Brooks is intended for installation as a five-channel audio work. It was first exhibited at McMullen Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB, in May 2018.**

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks” - John Muir

Between Mountains and Brooks is an exploration of the uniquely therapeutic and restorative powers of nature. Writers and activists, such as John Muir and Henry David Thoreau, understood those powers and their importance, influencing contemporary traditions of leaving cities to find refuge in the pastoral. Living by water beneath open skies and surrounded by trees can offer comfort and solace, quietude, a space for contemplation or elation. This exhibition endeavours to address that by creating a sense of the outdoors, indoors; designed for those unable to venture out themselves.

Utilizing field recordings, textural compositions, and low frequency harmonics, Between Mountains and Brooks evokes the feelings of tranquility, harmony and peace created by expansive outdoor spaces. Presented as a five-speaker audio installation, sounds emanate from the periphery of the space. Structurally, the piece presents four specific natural environments (10 minutes each),
moving through each as it unfolds.

The piece is comprised of outdoor recordings that range from birds and insects to the rustling of grass and leaves, and the gentle splashing of brooks. These sounds in turn provide a sonic lattice to support ambient textural compositions. The compositions overtop complement the sounds of the natural environments; slow, organic textures that blend continuously into a series of movements. Additionally, low-frequency sound waves, such as alpha waves (7.5-12.5 Hz) and theta waves (4-7 Hz) are entwined throughout the piece. The soothing and calming effects of these waves on listeners have been established through scientific study.


released May 5, 2018


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