atlantic cable

‘for what is illimitable, great secret sea, shoreless ocean of light, ocean, that awaits exploration.’
(hugo manning – the secret sea – villiers london, 1962)

the late mr westacott's 'ship in a bottle' (sandgate studio)

details

the atlantic cable – a musical collaboration
graphic score & associated sound pieces based on the atlantic cable of 1858.
a collaboration between  ‘being’ (russell burden) & ‘the humble bee’ (craig tattersall) interpreting a graphic score in two directions using two different tonal registers.
completing the project is a third piece that combines the two directions into one mixed by ‘tape loop orchestra’ (andrew hargreaves).

publisher: wist records, ireland, 28 Nov 2016, edition of 110 –  wist rec 022
key: a♭
tempo: 120bpm
length: 1914 miles = 19 mins 14 secs = 578 bars
sounding chart: 1857 h.m.s. cyclops. soundings made by lieut. dayman for the laying of the atlantic cable

fluid radio review, brendan moore: the atlantic cable

russell burden

disc one
title:
west to east
artist: being (russell burden)

west to east score direction
(transcript: morse encoding of the president’s speech)

west to east score register
g 4 • f 4 • e♭4 • d♭4 • c 4 • b♭3 • a♭3 • g 3 • f 3 • e♭3

west to east score intervals
designated (in bars) and nearest respective notes per depth sounding from trinity bay, newfoundland to valencia, ireland.
0 • 55 • 66 – 74 • 81 • 89 • 98 • 190 • 122 • 139 • 151 • 165 • 180 • 196 • 208 • 224 • 239 • 256 • 270 • 284 • 259 • 305 • 320 • 340 • 362 • 384 • 398 • 413 • 428 • 442 • 457 • 476 • 488 • 502 • 511 • 514 • 578

west to east morse encoding
e♭5 – 622.25hz – 5wpm
b♭4 – 466.16hz – 6wpm
g 4 – 392hz – 7wpm
e♭4 – 311.13hz – 8wpm
c 4 – 261.63hz – 9wpm


sound sources
audio morse generator
field recordings
bowed bass
synth
melodica
kalimba
piano

graphic score derived from soundings made by lieut dayman, h.m.s. cyclops, 1857 (rb)

five frequency speech to morse graphic created from original transmission text (sandgate studio)

craig tattersall

disc two
title:
east to west
artist: the humble bee (craig tattersall)

east to west score direction
(transcript: morse encoding of the queen’s speech)

east to west score register
g # • b♭ • c • c # • e♭ • f • g • g # • b♭• c

east to west score intervals
designated (in bars) and nearest respective notes per depth sounding from valencia, Ireland to trinity bay, newfoundland:
0 • 65 • 78 • 85 • 102 • 113 • 131 • 138 • 152 • 162 • 173 • 190 • 203 • 228 • 245 • 266 • 278 • 282 • 296 • 308 • 327 • 336 • 357 • 370 • 390 • 405 • 422 • 432 • 447 • 462 • 482 • 492 • 495 • 510 • 512 • 523 • 578

east to west morse encoding
c – 130.81hz – 5.1 wpm
c# – 138.59 and 277.18hz – 5.1 wpm
e♭ – 155.56hz – 5.1 wpm
f – 174.61hz – 5.1 wpm
g – 196.00hz – 5.1 wpm
g# – 103.83 and 207.65hz – 5.1 wpm
b♭ – 116.54 and 233.08hz – 5.1 wpm

sound sources
audio morse generator
field recordings
harmonium
dark energy
synth
tape loops

(ct)

andrew hargreaves

disc three
title:
eastwestwesteast – (a mix of ‘west to east’ & ‘east to west’ with additional processing)
artist: tape loop orchestra (andrew hargreaves)