Aural State


While aboard the MS Stubnitz as it passed through international waters between Rotterdam and Newcastle, Duncan Speakman and Sneha Solanki created an independent state whose borders were mapped on aural terrain, the hertzian spaces created by mobile phone transmissions, radio waves and acoustic sound.

When audience members applied for a passport, we recorded the invisible transmissions and electromagnetc fields around them. In a realtime performance these were processed and mixed with field recordings from the ship. The resulting soundscape were stored individually as one-off magnetic tapes that can be owned, traded, given away or destroyed by the audience, creating an individual unique audio passport for each new citizen, and encouraged a micro-climate of exchange and communication.

click below to hear an extract from one of the passports –

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This was a commission from amino as part of the navigate live festival in conjunction with the Baltic and MS Stubnitz.