Silencing of the Reefs: Departure Iceland, Lopud Academy, Live at the Fortress at Lopud, Croatia

4.2 performance in the old fortress at Lopud, Croatia, in relation to the Lopud Academy by T-BA21.

Text for the performance:

Silencing of the Reefs: Departure Iceland by Jana Winderen

Soundscapes under the surface, invisible but audible – soundscapes which have evolved from the beginning of time. The acoustic environment of the oceans is an essential component of life for the creatures inhabiting the seas.

Sound travels almost five times faster in water than in air, the speed differing according to pressure, salinity, the flow of the current and temperature. Creatures living in the ocean use sound to communicate with each other, to find a mate, to hunt and to orientate themselves. Different fish, mammals and crustaceans produce different sounds for different purposes; you can identify the species by listening to the sounds they make.

Silencing of the Reefs is an ongoing project that investigates the soundscapes of reefs and their neighbouring ecosystems. I will be listening into the health of the reefs, and investigate how inhabitants of reefs are using and orientating themselves to the acoustic environments they inhabit.

Reefs are under stress, they have ecosystems that are very sensitive to changes in temperature, acidification and also to sound pollution. How well can these habitats adapt to the rapid change we see today? Are the changes too fast to adjust to, and are we just documenting the changes happening without being able to do anything about them? Will the reefs be silenced before we even have had the chance to listen to them and even begin to fully understand these fragile eco systems?

Silencing of the Reefs: Departure Iceland is a composition based on the first recording trip in this project with the explorer ship Dardanella to the North West coast of Iceland.