Eco Acoustics : Listening to a Changing Environment

Philip Samartzis

Audio recordings

With an interest in raising a consciousness towards the surrounding Alpine and acoustic environment, the Verbier 3-D Foundation invited sound artist Philip Samartzis to develop a sound walk utilising the practice of Eco Acoustics to consider the importance of listening to WATER.

From the cracking of frozen glacial landscapes to the whisper of melting permafrost, the artist has drawn on his archive of sound recordings from Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the Bernese Oberland to produce a composition solely of the sounds of water within our changing environment.

The eco acoustic sound composition was divided into fifteen specific movements designed to be heard while walking through the natural landscape on a 5km path between Ruinettes and Croix de Cœur above Verbier. Visitors became active participants through the use of QR codes, navigating the interplay between sound, image, text and the surrounding natural environment. 

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