This week is your last chance to see Susan Stenger’s Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland at the Gymnasium Gallery, with an opportunity to meet the artist on Sunday 26 April.
Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland presented by AV Festival is a multi-channel sound installation based on a cross-section 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, Susan Stenger transforms the geologic into the sonic in a 59-minute work that travels from the coal seams of Tyneside to the porphyritic rocks north of the Tweed, layering instrumental sounds, melodic patterns and signature rhythms from traditional Northumbrian music and dance.
Responding to history, culture and place names as well as the drawing’s structures, she combines surface detail of fiddle and Northumbrian pipe patterns with brass band harmonies, voice, Border and Highland pipes to create a unique portrait of place.
A fully illustrated publication including an essay by nature writer Robert Macfarlane and a CD stereo mix of the installation is available from the gallery and online for the special exhibition price of £15 and £20 thereafter.