Stewart Hardy, Benny Graham, Andy May, Chris Ormston and Alistair Anderson
Woodhorn Museum, 27 June 2015
Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival
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In Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland, Stenger has made one of the most striking and significant sound-art installations of the past decade.
Christopher Townsend, Art Monthly, July 2015
In summer 2015 AV Festival presented Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland, a sound installation by artist Susan Stenger based on a diagram of coastal geological formations from the River Tyne to the Scottish border, drawn by local mining engineer Nicholas Wood in 1838.
Using the diagram as a graphic score, Stenger transformed the geologic into the sonic in a 59-minute work that traveled from Tyneside to the porphyritic rocks north of the Tweed, layering instrumental sounds, melodic patterns and signature rhythms from traditional Northumbrian music and dance to create a unique portrait of place.
Copies of the Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland publication are still available to purchase here. This fully illustrated 96-page hardback book accompanied the exhibition tour, and includes a CD stereo mix of the installation.