Erin: Podcast 18

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'Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place' is a two-year AHRC-funded project that brings together artists, musicians, academics, environmentalists and the public at sea between Liverpool and the Isle of Man to reflect on some short stories of Malcolm Lowry(1909-57) in relation to increased care for our oceans.

Through these podcasts, you will hear comment, new ideas, strange sounds, beach cleaning, poetry, children's voices and moments of calm as we all try to find a new audio language for thinking about the amount of plastic in our seas. Our podcasts are intentionally collaged to open up new spaces for shared thinking - see for further information.

Podcast 18 'Erin' has been created by Hannah Dargavel-Leafe using recordings she made at the Port of Erin that all use the architecture of the port, human made and natural, to record the sound the water. It begins with the underwater recordings between the side of the boat and the harbour wall, then moves on to the sound of waves coming up between the concrete sea defences, a natural spring pouring out of a pipe and then the sound of waves and drips amplified and distorted by a cave that creates an almost flange effect (two identical sounds slightly out of sync) on the waves (think of Lowry's use of the 'Frere Jaques' refrain to capture the sound of the ship's engine). Hannah invites us to think about Lowry’s short story ’Through the Panama’ and his reflections on the landscape as he sails through this very narrow, artificial waterway, alongside his writing of the inlet in Vancouver and the Mersey estuary as in-between spaces in ’The Forest Path to the Spring’. MP3 version here.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLeeds School of Arts, Leeds Beckett University
Media of outputOnline
Size20 min
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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