Quake sounds shaking up the art scene

  • 27/07/2012

By Jessica Rowe

A Lyttelton sound artist's earthquake recordings are attracting attention from all over the world.

Stanier Black Five's unique work, described as music you can feel, will feature in the international computer music symposium in Slovenia later this year.

The recordings are a soundscape of the first hour after the February earthquake.

When the earthquake struck Jo Burzynska grabbed her purse and left her house for safety, but not before pressing record.

“I do a lot of recording and even in a state of panic I thought about recording, and I just pressed record and I left my recorder on the doorstep of my house and just left it running for the first hour after the earthquake,” says Ms Burzynska.

Aftershocks, sirens, people trying to get hold of their loved ones, even the neighbour's chimney collapsing, a myriad of sounds - all captured and then layered in a soundscape called body waves.

It's music you can feel, and when performed the soundwaves make your body vibrate.

”For the earthquake piece, I put a lot of the aftershocks in, I kind of like editing them out, extracted the aftershocks and then built up a soundscape around the general sounds, sirens going off, evacuations, messages going across, lots of different sounds,” says Ms Burznska.

The recording will feature at the international computer music symposium in Slovenia, where she'll perform with sound artist Malcolm Riddoch.

“When Jo plays the frequencies of those sounds come through, and I just match those, and those frequencies that match the resonance of the hall, boost them up, so that hall itself starts to vibrate,” says Mr Riddoch.

The recording will eventually be performed in Christchurch, but only when Ms Burznska thinks they are ready to hear it.

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