I have always loved nature and so many of the areas that make up Southeastern New England. But I have always been concerned with their imperfections and how people impact these natural habitats. Gooseberry Island, MA is a small, interesting plot of land protected by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is home to many year-round birds and animals and serves as an important nesting ground for many migrating birds. But despite the land's protected status, one can usually find pollution in various forms on the island. Trash from visitors liters the beach and parts of the trails, and various helicopters and planes can be heard overhead which completely drown out the natural soundscape at certain points. This can have a severe impact on animals who depend on this sense for survival.
This record is meant to serve as a response to a walk on the island I enjoyed on July 18, 2019 (when the soundscape and video recordings were taken). So many amazing creatures and natural sounds were heard, but they were sometimes taken over by human-generated sounds. The sound art and musical components were composed and improvised to capture, accompany, and reflect upon both the beauty and anxiety I experienced in the space.
Nicholas Patrick Quigley: Composer, Guitar, Electronics, Sound Recording Engineer, and Producer
Released on July 22, 2019.
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