Sound of Ebb is an open source sound series that emerged as a response to the ‘global crisis’. The project asks artists working with sound to respond to the question:
What is the sound of Recession?
During summer 2009, a year into the recession artists contributed sound works that respond to the current economic, social and political climate. A moment of recession remarks a deceleration and slowing down – opening up to a space for reflection. When a tide recedes into a breathe of idleness, it leaves a moment for contemplation and listening to the sounds of the Self, of Others and the Environment. In a state of lull is there opportunity forge new values, forms of solidarity, closer familial ties, and explore healthier modes of consumption? Is there value within a moment of quietude and reflection to explore new possibilities for the future?
Derived from their personal and everyday experiences, over 50 pieces were submitted from 15 countries across the globe including: US, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Australia, Spain, UK, Canada, Columbia, Chile, Bulgaria, Finland and Israel. Submissions ranged from field recordings, compositions, radio plays, soundscapes, and songs, pieces of music that were conceptual, personal, critical, creative and interpretive reflecting ideas from skepticism on the media, everyday narratives, sound walks and waining sounds of decline.
All submissions were compiled in an archive online for free listening and sharing. A specially curated compilation by LOUDSPKR is due out 2010. Sound of Ebb is a branch project of The End of Something.. A collection of reflections on the global crisis in collaboration with Volume in London, UK. www.theendofsomething.wordpress.com / www.volumeprojects.com