Chattermarks: Field Recordings from Palmer Station
During the austral summer of 2008/09 I journeyed to Palmer Station, Antarctica on a grant from the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. I went to the Ice to create music using natural sounds and materials, but I began by simply listening. I needed to first experience, explore, and try to understand this unique place: it's ecosystems, weather, landscapes and sounds. So each day I roamed amongst the melting ice and bustling wildlife, searching out and recording Palmer's soundscapes. Some of these field recording "studies" have since been incorporated into my compositions, but many of them are fascinating and musical in their own right.