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: the whalefall
: flussoReflusso
: hylaea : melanoplus
: arthropodaChordataConiferophyta
: hylaea : alcidae
: bn #9: manuMindo
: biological narrative #7:danaus
: microMacroCosm
: biological narrative 1 thru 5

. sonic works
: C. psychrerythraea34H
: crypto:mindo
: opsin
: cytoDoptera

. installations
: speaking to hylaea
: 39˚ 44′ 11″ N x 104˚ 59′ 21″ W
: campephilus
: hylaea (video/print/rare book)
: hylaea : evolutio

lectures

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: second nature...
: catalogues
: podcasts/scienceSoundEscapes
: reviews / interviews

current investigations
: soniDOME
: projectECAT
: the ocean memory project
: hylaea series

: biological narrative
: tools for life cinema
: field research & expeditions

archive/web works
: primamateria
: macrocosm




whalefall

The Whalefall from biotica on Vimeo.


The Whalefall (2019) is the culmination of 7 years of field media acquisition, data collection and performance software experimentation aimed at exploring the concept of afterlife cinema through the composition of a multimedia/electroacoustic performance work from the complexity of ecosystem data and the sonification/sonic transcoding of biomolecular sequences from the succession of the evolving afterlife of the great whales. The bio-narrative of the work sonically and visually initiates cycles from extremophile microbial origins in the polar Arctic seas to the whale calving grounds of the Pacific and to the global whalefall ecological networks delineated by cetacean migratory routes. 

The premiere of the live work at Stanford's CCRMA Stage was part of Weaver's HYLAEA ReSpoken - a collection of live cinema (sound/moving image) movements that seeks to reanimate the residues of lost ecological memory. The project enriches the transcoding of bio- and ecoinformatic data to soundscape thru the re-witnessing of endangered and extinct habitats and uncertain biodiversity. 

The compendium of works interlaces lifecycles to the afterlife, through sonic and visual immersion, to recollect the complex imagined distance between genomic and ecoacoustic expression. HYLAEA ReSpoken folds and refolds the digital/visual residues from emergent extremophiles into the tenuous fate of terrestrial and ocean ecosystems as they have become ensnared by the hand of human-induced extinction. The intent of the work is a temporal suspension of audience into a sensorial crosslinking of time, space and phylogeny.

The following assets/credits were converged as resources and logistics for the realization of the work:
Voices:
scientific recitations: Dr. Jody Deming
whale re-vocalizations: Fiona Sullivan

Filmed on location in:
Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Underwater sound recording in:
Witless Bay, Newfoundland
Santa Catarina, Brazil
Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Molecular sequences for sonification/composition:
The Deming Lab, University of Washington Oceanography, Seattle, WA
National Center for Biotechnology Information, Protein Database

Recent project venues for this work:
2019
The Whalefall, Live cinema performance, premiere October 31, 2019, as part of HYLAEA ReSpoken, CCRMA Stage, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford, CA