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Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland

27th June - 26th July 2015

AV Festival and Woodhorn Museum presented Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland by artist Susan Stenger.

Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland was a multi-channel sound installation based on a cross-section diagram of coastal geological formations from the River Tyne to the Scottish borders, drawn by local mining engineer Nicholas Wood in 1838. Using a diagram as a graphic score, 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.

This exhibition was presented in the Workshop Gallery and featured the 12.5 metre strata diagram that Wood drew to illustrate the location of coal measures on the Northumberland Coast. In addition, the exhibition also included an archive display of Wood's other geological work in relation to the coal measures of Northumberland.

This was produced in partnership with: Woodhorn Museum and AV Festival