below-above, wire, speakers, audio – Cormac Faulkner, 2014
As part of the artist lab in the temperate house, jephson’s garden, leamington spa I created a small audio installation consisting of field recordings of the plants and soil and my voice. Speakers buried in the soil play my voice singing an extract from Abraham Cowley’s poem/essay “The Garden” while speakers on the ground play recordings of the plants and soil. The speaker cable spells out “below above”.
Inspired by Abraham Cowley’s poem which talks of the pleasure of the sound and ambience of a sultry garden I made some recordings using contact microphones and hydrophones of sounds you wouldn’t normally hear: deep under the soil, moving leaves and the stripping of bark.
Here is the extract which I sing:
“Oh blessed shades! oh gentle cool retreat
From all th’immoderate Heat,
In which the frantic world does burn and sweat!
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