He…’perceived the earth to be a conductor of acoustical resonance.’
- Jack White refers to Nikola Tesla in the film Coffee and Cigarettes (1993)
Whilst stopping over at Sheffield for a much-awaited weekend brunch with locally based friends, they took me to experience Chris Watson’s immersive ‘sound map’ of this former industrial city at the Millennium Gallery, Museum Sheffield.
The co-founder of the Brit synth pop band Cabaret Voltaire is known as one of the UK’s pre-eminent sound recordists who developed his childhood fascination of recording birdsong into a state of art. For this site-specific exhibition, he travelled through the city’s football studium, waterway and the edge of Peak and Yorkshire Moore land over the past 18 months; the result is a mesmerising soundscape of the recordist’s homeland that reveals layers of the earth’s acoustical resonance we too often neglect to really listen.
The exhibition Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map is on until 23rd February, 2014.
As part of his sonic survey, Chris asked the public to contribute their own digital recordings of their favourite Sheffield sound. The archive is accessible on: