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frostbYte: cHatTer : from the cycle 'frostbYte'

by Daniel Blinkhorn (2012)

Audio Sample

From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 29.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 29.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 29.

Library shelf no. CD 2421 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

cHatTer is a work from the frostbYte cycle, a collection of pieces central to which are location-based field recordings I made whilst on expedition throughout the Arctic region of Svalbard (Spitsbergen). The title itself refers to the beautifully crisp and articulate sounds emitted by icebergs, where I was struck by how much they 'chatter' with both one another, as well as with the surrounding water and coastline. I found that, when approaching the icebergs from an underwater recording perspective, they became even more vocal, chirping, popping, snapping hissing and gurgling constantly. The sailing ship also seemed to chatter ceaselessly as it interacted with the ice, water, wind and even crew, producing sharp friction-type sounds alongside the motion-bound sounds of the hull on the waves and other shipboard sonic miscellany. It should also be mentioned that, in the second section many of the sonorities generated from the field recordings become increasingly fictionalised, attempting to portray the types of vessels that usually travel within the region (both by air and sea). The title also suggests the involuntary physiological response prompted by extremely cold temperatures; the rhythm of teeth chatter!

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Acousmatic/electroacoustic/ environmental sound composition - originally composed in multichannel/ 5.1 surround sound, also presented in stereo, suitable for performance on any configurable multichannel sound diffusion system.

Duration: 10 min.

Environmental sound aspect recorded on location during an expedition throughout the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, 2011

acousmatic/electroacoustic/ environmental sound composition

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2012 International Competition for composers - Città di Udine Winner Daniel Blinkhorn for performance on 21 Apr 12


Performances of this work

3 May 2017: at Oceans: two concerts of new and classic electro-acoustic compositions (Storey Hall RMIT).

13 May 12: Aurora Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

21 Apr 12: Recorded on location throughout Svalbard, and in the composer's home studio.

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