proposition for a new aural-warning siren on Santorini
Santozeum, Thira, Greece, 2015
“One of the first devices to give man an extended voice was the horn. The first horns were aggressive, hideous sounding instruments, used to frighten off demons and other animals…” R. Murray Schafer, The Soundscape.
While searching for mythological and contemporary identities of the ‘siren’ on Santorini, the island claimed by Plato as the one time Atlantis, I collaborated with volcanologists, firefighters, policemen, bird-breeders, ambulance-drivers, goat-farmers and airport personnel on a new aural-warning siren for that volcanic island, based in field-recordings rather than tritones. Over the course of a month-long residency with the Santozeum, I amassed an audio-library of 'siren-candidates' resulting in an hour-long live spatialized sound composition entitled Tympanic Tether, with accompanying text (written in collaboration with Hermione Spriggs), performed as part of Aural Lighthouses; an international symposium exploring sound and natural catastrophe, organized by PS1: Fluids States.
Tympanic Tether (Santorini) research and performance residency was supported by:
Santozeum, Santorini’s local Hospital, Police and Fire Department, the Santorini Airport and Military Base
The Institute for the Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano, PS1 Fluid States; Performances of Unknowing,
& Hermione Spriggs (who took these beautiful medium format photographs).
Featured Audience / Symposium Participants:
Ileana & Peter Nomikos