Sarah-Leith Izzard | 7.1 surround sound fixed media (stereo mix)


Selected for the 2013 New Adventures in Sound Art 'Deep Wireless' Festival in Toronto. For more information click here.

Originally composed as a 7.1 surround sound work, the intention of this piece is to evoke an intense and immersive sense of place – both real and imagined, physical and psychological.

Based on oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s record-breaking deep sea dive of 1979, digitally manipulated sounds re-imagine the descent and the intense, pressurised environment, blurring the line between what is real and what is imagined.

Using a combination of manipulated field-recordings sourced from deep sea research units, acousmatic sound sources and distorted and delayed guitar, this piece explores the tradition of sonic storytelling, creating a ‘cinema of the mind’ without the traditional verbal cues.

The listener starts at the surface and descends alone into darkness. Bioluminescent creatures of the deep appear and a transformation slowly occurs psychologically and physically as ‘she’ progresses further into the unknown.

Lyrics from The Tempest by W. Shakespeare.

Vocal by Laurie Geddes.

SOURCES (other than my own)

uair01, Machines, LS100752_boiler_room_spinning.wav, <>
NOAA Vents Program Acoustic Monitoring, Slow Down, viewed 10 October 2012, <>
Sound Transit, Urupin, D., <>
Sound Transit, Urupin, D., <>