‘No Man’s Land’ a journey from Brighton beach to around the world

Posted On 26 Mar 2018 at 7:38 pm

Embark on a journey in sound under the surface of the ocean in Chris Watson’s ‘No Man’s Land’ this spring.

Chris Watson’s ‘No Man’s Land’ is an audio installation that celebrates the sounds, rhythms and music from deep below the surface the world’s seas and oceans.

Taking place at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (in the University of Sussex campus in Falmer) from 27 March – 13 April and suitable for all ages, this city-specific edit of the sound work created by Watson (David Attenborough’s sound recordist), takes the listener from Brighton beach, through the soapy surf and out around the world, submerged on an oceanic journey for the ears and the imagination.

Audiences will experience the 40-minute long piece in the comfort of ACCA’s auditorium but will travel via sound from the edge of Brighton’s beach, out with the ebbing tide, to follow the waves and currents on a trackless voyage around the planet from the ocean floor.

Weddell seals singing under Antarctic sea ice, the snap crackle and pop of a coral reef in the South China Sea, the haunting songs of humpback whales in the Caribbean and the hunting pods of orca in the North Atlantic can all be heard in the piece, before the listener is swept back onto the pebbles by the remains of Brighton’s West Pier.

‘No Man’s Land’ is a unique spatialized audio journey into the deep ocean and the most ‘sound rich’ environments on the planet. The sounds that make up the piece have been collected by Watson over his 30-year career as a sound recordist specialising in natural history, including from his work on Frozen Planet and on documentaries and musical collaborations at far ends of the earth. Watson is also an experimental musician and a founding member of the group Cabaret Voltaire.

Chris Watson says, “My aim with ‘No Man’s Land’ is to stimulate the imaginations of listeners and take them on a journey. There’ll be sounds from the starling roost in the West Pier, as well as the signature sounds of Brighton beach; that wonderful harmonic sound of the water withdrawing through the shingle and pebbles.”

Show times:
• Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 March 7pm
• Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April 3.30pm
• Wednesday 4 – Sunday 8 April 7pm
• Monday 9 – Tuesday 10 April 1pm
• Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 April 1pm & 7pm
• £7/£5 (concessions) & £20 family ticket
• Pay What You Decide tickets are available.
• See website for details. Box office is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.
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