Andrea Polli – us, 2008
The Sonic Antarctica project is a radio broadcast, live performance and sound and visual installation featuring recordings of the Antarctic soundscape made during the author’s seven-week National Science Foundation residency in Antarctica during the 2007/2008 season. Sonic Antarctica features natural and industrial field recordings, geosonifications and audifications, interviews with weather and climate scientists and soundscape compositions. The areas recorded include: The Dry Valleys (77Â°30’S 163Â°00’E) on the shore of McMurdo Sound, 3500 km due south of New Zealand, the driest and largest relatively ice-free area on the continent completely devoid of terrestrial vegetation; and the geographic South Pole (90Â°00’S), the center of a featureless flat white expanse, on top of ice nearly nine miles thick. Sonic Antarctica has been produced as a full-length audio CD on the gruenrekorder label.