MARINE ACOUSTICS



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Marine Acoustics is an aquatic sound installation using bio acoustic technology that traces the movements of great white sharks and other marine life located off the coast of the Farallon Islands and turns the collected data into a live ongoing musical composition.  Working closely with real time data acquired from TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Predators) specialists, sound artist Emily Margaret Davis creates a bio composition composed by the movements of live marine animals. The animals are  acoustically tagged sending signals via satellite to a data base located at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which allows visitors to hear animals in the ocean "make" music with their movements. 
The Great White's movements will create a low sin wave that will constantly play throughout the duration of the exhibit. The interaction of the predators movements will "conversate" with other marine life tagged in the ocean creating a sealife symphony. The piece works a a metaphor for the intricate balance  of the ecology of the  ocean and simulates a sort of musical dance that both predator and prey constantly move to.



Objectives of Installation:

In order to enhance the experience for visitors and add greater dimension to the experience of viewing such an elusive animal
To create a musical poem that exemplifies the delicate symphony between predator and prey
To bring awareness to viewers about conservation efforts of SF marine life

Further projects could include the symphony of taged animals across the world with the help of reaserchers from different continents (for example, Enkosini ) all creating real time musical compositions.