ALTITUDE (2019)




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