By the Sound of Things was an immersive audiovisual experience onboard the unique steam-powered, Mersey-built boat, the Daniel Adamson (The Danny). From the deck of one of the last surviving Manchester Ship Canal tugs, the audience was invited to feel the vast echoes and epic scale of the modern shipping industry and consider the extent and impact of our insatiable consumerism on local and global environments.Submerged beneath the waterline, mariners rest below deck between watches – their cradle song is the aching sounds of a ship against water. A nautical soundtrack transports wayfarers to a vast and veiled world – a subaquatic acoustical mirage. Featuring deep sea hydrophone recordings depicting the marine ecosystem disrupted by man-made ship noise, this hypnotic binaural sound work told the story of the journey of a container as it travels from the surface to the bottom of the ocean.
Sound Designer’s Scoop
“Creating underwater sound environments is always fun but this project took a whole new dimension with the vast collection of sounds gathered during scientific research” (Chris Timpson).