Stereo’frog’ic is a play of the word stereophonic – to play with the illusion of multi-direction audible perspective – in this case presenting a quasi-bioacoustic sound piece, crafted from found recordings of frogs, insects, a recording of an animal scattering in the bushes and other ‘vocal’ animals wavering about in the stereo field.
*Also presented as Quadra’frog’ic in a quasi-quadraphonic performance installation setup, with a stereo sound system and piezo transducer speakers attached to found objects.
Review in A Closer Listen
Founded by Finish media artist Teemu Lehmusruusu – ‘Tropic Verses is an artistic exploration into the life and phenomena in and around of Earth’s body of soil. The project spans a period of nearly four years and has commenced in summer 2018. Each year the project manifests in different kinds of artistic and curatorial practices and launches new collaborations with other art, research and environmental initiatives’.
I was commissioned to make a sound piece created from field recordings that l recorded on location during summer ’18 at the environmentally progressive farm Qvidja in the south of Finland.
This work was premiered at the Kiilanäänipätiät festival in Finland, summer 2019.
Live performance at OMH, Berlin featuring material from the Trophicverses project:
Plants and Animalia (C.E.S vs. Felicity Mangan) (2017-19) brings together both artists personal investigation into the sound phenomena produced by plants and animals – through the combination of c.e.s. submerged sonification of plant biochemistry, deploying self-built synthesizers, to capture and sonify of the chemical composition of plants. Mangan explores the timbre and forms of found and self-recorded animal voices while mimicking biophonic patterns to create minimal quasi-bioacoustic environments, utilizing a sampler and sequencer. Together they create electro-acoustic compositions grafting field recordings, live and pre-recorded drones and pulses produced by remnants of plant biochemistry subterranean together with modified animal voices embedded in a bioacoustic sphere of synthetic and oscillating hybrids.