Sea Interlude

by John Harvey



The composition was conceived in the interlude between two projects of an entirely different complexion, which I was undertaking at the time. The source recording is of the incoming tide at North Beach, Aberystwyth. The aim was to develop a linear and evolving texture analogous to the changing timbre of the waves upon the shale and pebbles that I heard while walking along the water’s edge. The samples have been adjusted in such as way as to define and amplify certain harmonics implicit in the otherwise non-pitch specific noises produced by the water and my feet passing over the shore's surfaces. The title of the work references Benjamin Britten’s suite of four ‘Sea Interludes’, from his opera ‘Peter Grimes’ (1945).


released January 4, 2018
Personnel: John Harvey.

Instrumentation: Rode NT4 Stereo Microphone, Marantz PMD661 MkIII Portable Recorder; Adobe Audition CS6.

Context: Field recording made at North Beach, Aberystwyth, UK, November 19, 2017.

Conceived and mastered in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, December 27–28, 2017.


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John Harvey Ceredigion, UK

Harvey is a historian of art, visual culture, and sound art, and also a sound- and visual-art practitioner. His research field is the visual and sonic culture of religion, principally. He explores non-iconic attitudes to visualization and sonic articulations of religion by engaging visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. ... more

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