The Terrestrial Sea & Soft Revolvers

Sonica 2015

The intersection between nature, culture and technology…

Mark Lyken worked alongside ecologists at Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty between 2012 and 2014. The Terrestrial Sea is the culmination of that work, highlighting the diverse and ever-changing environments of the Cromarty Firth that the ecologists are studying through music and film.

For this special Cryptic production, Lyken and award winning filmmaker, Emma Dove returned to the Lighthouse to create a new film for live performance.

Constructed from four-illuminated spinning tops, Myriam Bleau’s Soft Revolvers is an electronic music performance that uses motion data to generate playful musical patterns. With their luminous spinning bodies, the tops strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip-hop and dance music.