Arctic Music

Sound Installation
5.1 and stereo versions | 12′ | 2016

© Agathe Simon

Agathe Simon created the Arctic Music sound installation from sounds recorded in the Arctic in May 2016 thanks to several microphones: 2 hydrophones, a 4-channel microphone, a dictation recorder and a super-cardiod microphone. It comprises four movements:

  1. Inner Arctic (polyphony based on a sound diary recorded in the Arctic).
  2. Arctic Fragments (collection of silences recorded in the Arctic).
  3. For the Record (memories of non-recorded Arctic sounds).
  4. Dreamed Poles (metamorphosis of a soundscape: floating ice recorded underwater in the Arctic and above the water surface in Antarctica).

The Arctic Music sound installation is part of the The Conti Project cycle.

The Conti Project is an immersive multimedia cycle in homage to the famous French-Argentine novelist Gabriela Conti (1974-2010) – who does not exist. Since 2013, with the support of various institutional partners, Agathe Simon has been unfolding the Gabriela Conti fiction through solo and collective performances, a documentary directed in Antarctica, a video triptych filmed in the Arctic, an installation of 120 archives and documents, novels and travel stories, film photographs, a radio play on France Culture and two 5.1 sound installations.

Special Thanks: François Bernard & Atka polar sailboat, Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden