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Sea of Curves REV

by Jeff Talman

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HD-9624, comprehensively revised in 2020.

"the sound is ethereal, uncanny and apocalyptic..."
Thomas Frank, WDR5, West German Broadcasting

'Sea of Curves REV' evokes the power and sensuality of the ocean while mirroring subtle inflections and dramatic shifts in light, transparency and mood as conjured by the sea. Project audio originates in ocean wave sounds recorded by water, land and air via hydrophone, seismometer and microphone.

Symphonic in scope, the work features the ‘hum of the Earth,’ the planetary sonic vibrations believed to be caused by worldwide impact of wave sounds on the sea floor. The Atlantic Ocean was the source as recorded from Newfoundland (seismometer), the mid-Atlantic at a depth of 941 feet (hydrophone) and while standing in the waves at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

This recording is the fourth — final and vastly revised — version of this work. Originally a 6-channel installation, it is here mixed down and processed to binaural stereo format. Unlike all previous presentation formats, this revision offers the original HD audio format used in the studio during composition of the work, with a sampling rate of 96 kHz and bit depth of 24-bits.

Also available in other audio formats.


released December 4, 2020

Jeff Talman, New York — Artist, Composer-Producer

Matt Fowler and Dr. James Traer, NOAA ocean researchers provided source hydrophone and seismic recordings

Installation premiere — Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, July 14, 2012. Courtesy of the Jim Baird and the Pouch Cove Foundation.

Installation revised, premiere — Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany, February 9, 2013

CD/download release of earlier revision, down-mixed binaural stereo version — New York City, July 2, 2013

Cover image: the sea, by JT


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Jeff Talman New York, New York

Jeff Talman, pioneer of resonant composition, is known for the unique timbres, spatial gesture, harmony, expression and symphonic form in his work. His over 40 sound installations have led to an LA Times Selection for Best Classical Music of 2019. Before the installations, he first made electronic music as a teen in 1974, then studied composition and directed orchestras at Columbia University. ... more

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