I came across this through the emerging Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung who exhibited with us at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) (where I’m Research Curator) last year. It shows a very unique sound-art installation on the cruiser port of the Croatian city of Zadar – sound and light – created from a sea organ.
Called an “orchestra of nature”, I immediately wondered why every coastline across the globe doesn’t have one of these…but perhaps that would make the world too noisy(?)…but then I like sound…a soundtrack…around me and to lead me, and much like the sky, to get lost in.
The organ, which looks like an average set of steps from a distance, is seventy metres in length running along the Croatian coast. It is connected to the sea by 35 pipes of different lengths, diameters and tilts. As the waves push air through the labiums (whistles), it plays out 7 chords of 5 tones through the perforated stone stairs producing the sound you can hear in the film below.
“An instrument with water as the musician, and no score.”