PALAOA dreams

Jan 16, 09:03 PM

"My aim with PALAOA dreams was to enhance the feeling and mood of the original recording made at the acoustic observatory. Without my additions and embellishments getting in the way or worse, overwhelming the mysterious Antarctic ice sounds, I want to transport listeners to a polar wilderness whether they are aware of the technical background to the piece and project or not.

"I slowed down the original field recording to reveal more sounds, detail and character. Apart from EQ and noise reduction, the only editing was to repeat the sound of what I assume is breaking ice near the end. In the original recording it only happens once.

"The soundscape and music I tried to keep as organic-sounding as possible, with the exception of deliberately adding a hint of chaotic digital noise. This represents PALAOA beaming its recordings back to base."

Rubbing sea ice reimagined by Flexagon.

Part of the Polar Sounds project, a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Explore the project in full at