Our first selection of sounds from Dada Sounds starts at the home of Dada in Zurich, and takes us to an idyllic spot near Bern, and to the highest railway station in Europe.
“This work is based on an ancient Breton legend of the Island of Ys. In my piece I have taken up the thought that the church depicted in my corner of Utopia would someday suffer the same fate, and may perhaps be the very same place. I imagined it not yet sunken into the ocean, but still standing precariously high above the waves, alive with the sounds of religious service.”
As part of our overall Sound Waves project, 38 sound artists from around the world have submitted a field recording and reimagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound. These reimagined sounds have been recomposed and re-edited by Cities and Memory into this 30-minute mixed sound piece incorporating many of the sounds in a new context.
“This tunnel was constructed in 1908 and was abandoned in the early 1980s. Since then it has become more and more cavelike with deposits forming on the roof and ground and a distinct sulphur smell in the air. There is a lot of water there as well, dripping everywhere, with large standing pools in places and small slow moving streams along the old rail bed.”
Something of an unusual one, this, in that it comes with an accompanying video to go alongside the reimagined sound. Contributor Erik Gould from Rhode Island, USA, took the original recording when he came across some crickets in a shopping plaza on a warm November evening around the Providence/Pawtucket city