HOVERDIVE, an evening-length work of multimedia dance created by the Okeanos Collective, is inspired by the the complexity of our human relationship to the ocean. Prompted by the imminent threats of sea-level rise and climate change, HOVERDIVE contemplates the complexity, depth, and immensity of the ocean– and initiates a visceral dialogue with this vast, vibrant body. HOVERDIVE: Soundscore is a collection of the sonic compositions created for this work.
Inspired by both underwater field recordings (generously provided by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and the role of bioluminescence as a kind of underwater telegraphy, composer Amber Vistein, reimagined the ocean as a site of complex interactions and highly codified systems of communication similar to a royal court. This lead her to incorporate rhythmic models from Baroque court dances while melding the haunting sounds of the field recordings with a rich pallet of orchestral instruments. The result is a hybrid acoustic geography including an elegant underwater Sarabande and an energetic, aquatic Courante.HOVERDIVE premiered in Boston, Massachusetts on November 14, 2014.
released 24 November 2014
The composer would like to thank Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for permission to use field recordings from their sound archives.
And thank you to Ben Aron: for everything, as always.