Halsey Burgund: Ocean Voices

FRI, JUL 30, 2010 (1:20:23)

A performance of sound artist Halsey Burgund’s Ocean Voices. Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund, in collaboration with marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, has used a collection of audio recordings from people around the world as they reflect about the ocean to create Ocean Voices. Interwoven with live music by Burgund and his band, aesthetic evidence, and video footage of underwater scenes, these audio recordings create an inspired and inspiring performance that represents a collective human response to the ocean.

+ BIO: Halsey Burgund

Halsey works as a musician and sound artist living outside of Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. He collects these voices from otherwise uninvolved individuals whom he records in various locations, from museums to street corners to rock clubs. Halsey’s most recent sound art installation, Scapes, was on exhibit at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, through November 2010. This piece is a location-sensitive evolving musical composition that allows participants to augment the physical landscape of the museum’s sculpture park by leaving audio commentary in locations of their choosing for future participants to hear.

+ BIO: Wallace Nichols

Wallace “J.” Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author, and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves. J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates. He earned his MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University’s Nicholas School and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from University of Arizona. He advises a creative group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more connected environmental community. He is very fond of sea turtles.

Museum of Science, Boston