The Matter of the Soul | Symphony

by kat austen

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    The canvas is 30cm in diameter, and the cassette containing The Matter of the Soul | Symphony audio is mounted on board behind the canvas frame. The artwork is made to be wall mounted. Limited edition of 10.

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    This second edition cassette is on ferrous audio tape within a printed transparent cassette with red spooling and a red crystal case. The audio runs at the full 60 minutes of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony, and is published by Dandelion Records.

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  • Limited Edition Cassette of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony
    Cassette + Digital Album

    This first run limited edition cassette is on ferrous audio tape within an unmarked transparent cassette with red spooling. The audio runs at the full 60 minutes of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony, and is published by Dandelion Records.

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The Matter of the Soul is a music, sculpture and performance work. It focusses on the difficult problem of emotional engagement with climate change, and aims to engender empathy in humans with the process of dispersal and transformation in the Arctic region. The work draws an analogy between human migration, the movement of water from ice to ocean in the Arctic and changing identity online.

The musical compositions for The Matter of the Soul are based around field recordings of the different acidity and salinity of Arctic waters using hacked pH and conductivity meters. These properties of the waters vary depending on the melting of ice that increases the amount of fresh liquid water in the Arctic. Thus, measurement of these properties, and the taking of sounds from these measurements, captures the way that climate change is affecting this fragile region.

The focus on dispersal and transformation in the Arctic is not limited to ice and melting, however. Human activity is intrinsically linked with climate change and change in this region. As such, the compositions also include samples from interviews with visitors to and inhabitants of Baffin Island and Resolute, exploring the impact of human movement on the region’s culture and individuals’ identities, and reflecting on the environmental changes interwoven with this process. The raw material and compositions from the project will be released online under CC-BY-SA 4.0, with a call for others to remix the work’s identity as it travels the internet.

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released December 14, 2018

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