Altitude documents the sound ecology of the Bernese Alps in order to demonstrate the transformative effects of climate change upon high-altitude wilderness regions. The project is divided into two distinct month long phases.

The first phase occurs at the High Altitude Research Station at Jungfraujoch (HFSJG) situated at 3500 metres above sea level. A range of highly sensitive microphones, accelerometers and hydrophones will be placed in and around the station, and the surrounding alpine environment including the Great Aletsch Glacier to register atmospheric, anthropogenic and geophysical forces.

The second phase is situated at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), where the field recordings will be translated and composed into a series of immersive sound compositions for exhibition and broadcast. The compositions will be designed to provide new knowledge and encounters of an endangered alpine wilderness to audiences unlikely to experience this rarefied ecology firsthand.

Principal Investigator: Philip Samartzis

Acknowledgement of Country

AEGIS acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we work. We respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters across Australia and its Dreaming.